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15 tech disasters for early adopters

Buying new gadgets on day one: brave

You rushed out, you got there early, you stood in line - and you bought Windows Vista, or the original Apple iPhone, or a big HD-DVD collection. And then the roof caved in.

Blu-ray Players 1.0 (2007)

The triumph of Blu-ray over HD DVD wasn't all good news for clairvoyant early adopters. Blu-ray players introduced after October 2007 include on-board storage; more important, however, they can play picture-in-picture commentary and connect to the internet for interactive functions. Earlier models couldn't make the upgrade and gain those features. In other words: thanks for your service in the format wars, but don't expect any additional benefits.

Original Apple iPhone (2007)

Although the iPod has conditioned people to expect yearly updates for Apple gadgets, the original iPhone was an infuriating exception when it launched in 2007. Two months after Apple released its game-changing smartphone, the price in the US dropped to $399 for the 8GB model, down from $599. Apple then discontinued the 4GB version, which originally sold for $499. Early adopters were livid. One woman sued. To paraphrase Apple's response to its angry customers: take this $100 store credit and shut up. The tactic must have worked: The next-generation iPhone 3G sold 1 million units in three days.

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  4. Xbox 360
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