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Gadget unicorn sightings

Gadget unicorns are how I refer to when a gadget gets massive hype, and then fizzles out with little to no fanfare due to poor reception. I think of things like the Kindle DX or the Nexus Q. Just stuff you would never expect to see out "in the wild" but when you do, you're in awe of what just came across your eyes.

Just yesterday, while at the train station in a small NJ town I saw someone with a Galaxy Gear. I felt bad because I kept staring at the person's wrist, but I have literally never seen one ever outside of pictures or videos.



My only other experience with this was while I was in Austin in 2012 and saw a Lytro camera. Now granted this was during SXSW, but at that point the Lytro cameras were still generating a ton of hype. To this day I still have not see any other Lytro cameras while I've been out.



So, have you had a sighting of your own? What is that one gadget you've seen someone using that you thought no one bought?

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TgD

Hah a friend has a galaxy gear, because of a clearance sale that made it possibly worth it.

That being said, I remember seeing someone once with a Dell Streak 5. This thing was a 5 inch 'tablet' that could make calls! It was going to be such a great productive device with that big screen!

It turned out to be a turd, and before its time. Android froyo wasn't ready for 5 inch displays and the world wasn't ready for such a 'huge' phone.

4 years later things have completely changed of course, but I do remember the person who owned the Dell Streak
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kris

I'm the only person I know who owned a Game Boy micro. I loved that thing, but my cousins used to look at it and say "ugh, it's too small, that's just gonna cause hand cramps." I never had that problem, maybe because of my tiny girl hands.



My uncle gave me a leather coin purse from Peru and it was the perfect case; even had a small pocket that fit an extra game perfectly.
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Mitchellmckenna

Being from Canada I feel like I saw a lot of BlackBerry's no one in the US even got to see. My sister managed to convince her work at the time to get her the BlackBerry Storm (www.engadget.com­/products­/blackberry­/storm­/9530/), BlackBerry's first no-keyboard phone.



It was supposed to be BlackBerry's answer to the iPhone but it was a resistive touch screen that felt archaic compared to iPhone's compacitive touch screen. Also as you might imagine the app selection just wasn't there.
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TgD

I never even thought about this stuff, but I had a much different perspective since I worked for the company and saw the rarer phones on a regular basis.

Pearl Flip? BlackBerry Style? Yeah I am familiar with them :)



Heck, only 12 people have added this to their 'have' list:

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frankspin

Damn, the Pearl Flip!

Also the Storm was pretty "huge" in the US, and hated
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dave

Just gonna drop this here:

www.engadget.com­/products­/microsoft­/kin­/one/



www.engadget.com­/products­/microsoft­/kin­/two/

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TgD

I remember these being announced, but they were very short lived no? Definitely haven't seen either in the wild
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frankspin

Extremely short lived. They came out in 2010 and required full data plans, yet they were targeted at teens.
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Ianny

I felt this way the first time I saw a brown Microsoft Zune in the wild. I can count the amount of times I've seen one since on one hand, so it's pretty close to a unicorn.
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