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Nokia N-Gage Gets Recognized as “R&Dfective”

March 27, 2009 in Nokia Phone News
The Nokia N-Gage Taco

The Nokia N-Gage Taco

This one gave me a pretty good laugh: Minyanville did a slideshow of the nine biggest “Consumer-Product Misfires”, and the Nokia N-Gage (the actual gaming device/phone, not the service) made the list thanks to some “huh?” engineering: you needed to remove the battery to insert a new game, and you had to turn it on its side to make a phone call. And it also looked like a taco.

In 2003, Nokia demonstrated just how many things can go wrong with a gadget that still got widespread commercial release: The universally maligned N-Gage was marketed as an alternative to Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance, but just never caught on. Perhaps that’s because you had to remove the battery to insert a game. Worse yet, the taco-shaped device had to be held by its edge if you wanted to use it as a phone. Truly awful.

This isn’t the first time that the N-Gage has been recognized for its awfulness: in 2007, GameTrailers did a video highlighting the worst game consoles of all time, and the N-Gage took ninth place.

R&Dfective: Nine Consumer-Product Misfires

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reneil
3/28/2009
4:05 am

i want this phone even if it is Recognized as “R&Dfective”…

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