With the Apple iPad - the much-hyped slate PC - finally launched, here's a look at 10 products that got way more hype than they deserved.

The launch of Apple's iPad finally bought clarity to an overwhelming amount of rumour, speculation and buzz.

Even Steve Jobs got in on the hype, reportedly telling people before the launch "it will be the most important thing I've ever done".

It's beginning to look like Apple's iPad will join a pile of products that suffered from more hype than they were worth. Here are some of our favourites.

Apple Newton

Like any Apple product, Newton was hyped with clever advertising and word-of-mouth buzz.

The MessagePad (pictured), released for the Newton platform in 1993, was in essence an early PDA, and certainly a good idea, but handwriting recognition problems blighted the device, and its price tag was too hefty for people to care.

One Laptop Per Child

Although One Laptop Per Child's supposed £100 computer was meant for children around the world, techies of all ages became excited about such a cheap PC.

Unfortunately, OLPC's XO-1 debuted at £275 on an unfamiliar operating system, and netbooks quickly became the standard for budget computing.

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  1. Sadly, we did believe the hype
  2. The Palm Pre and the Motorola Milestone
  3. Windows Vista and Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2
  4. Nintendo Virtual Boy and The Segway
  5. The Samsung Q1 and the iPhone

With the Apple iPad - the much-hyped slate PC - finally launched, here's a look at 10 products that got way more hype than they deserved.

Palm Pre

Palm's Pre is the reason techies - or the wise ones, at least - no longer use the phrase 'iPhone killer'.

It's too risky a bet, because even when a shiny new phone gets good reviews, it just might not sell.

The Palm Pre Plus will fare better because expectations aren't as high.

Motorola Milestone

Pundits largely avoided saying the Milestone would kill the iPhone, but the Verizon Wireless (the US carrier of the handset, which is also known as the Droid) marketing team implied it with aggressive ads that knocked Apple's creation.

The result was 2009's most exciting smartphone launch, even though an arguably superior phone, Google's Nexus One, emerged a few months later.

NEXT PAGE: Windows Vista and Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2

  1. Sadly, we did believe the hype
  2. The Palm Pre and the Motorola Milestone
  3. Windows Vista and Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2
  4. Nintendo Virtual Boy and The Segway
  5. The Samsung Q1 and the iPhone

With the Apple iPad - the much-hyped slate PC - finally launched, here's a look at 10 products that got way more hype than they deserved.

Windows Vista

As with any Windows launch, Microsoft promised the world with Windows Vista in 2006.

The company certainly has the right to hype at will, but when a product eventually becomes an industry-wide disappointment, you can safely say the Microsoft overstated its case.

Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2

Commercially, Modern Warfare 2 was not a flop. In that regard, the game rightfully earned its hype this year as the biggest entertainment launch of all time.

Critics, however, recognised that the game was more of the same Call of Duty, especially when compared to the first Modern Warfare.

NEXT PAGE: Nintendo Virtual Boy and The Segway

  1. Sadly, we did believe the hype
  2. The Palm Pre and the Motorola Milestone
  3. Windows Vista and Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2
  4. Nintendo Virtual Boy and The Segway
  5. The Samsung Q1 and the iPhone

With the Apple iPad - the much-hyped slate PC - finally launched, here's a look at 10 products that got way more hype than they deserved.

Nintendo Virtual Boy

In 1995, Nintendo rode the hype of virtual reality with the Virtual Boy, a tabletop device that was supposed to bring virtual reality home.

The end product featured none of the head-tracking experienced in arcades, its display was a monochrome red, and extended play was rewarded with headaches.

The Segway

Inventor Dean Kamen told Time in 2001 that the powered scooters would change the way cities are built as cars begin causing too much congestion, and a number of big-name investors bought in.

Now relegated to gimmicks for tourists, it's fair to say that the Segway has changed little except for changing hands - it was quietly sold around Christmastime to JWH Holdings.

NEXT PAGE: The Samsung Q1 and the iPhone

  1. Sadly, we did believe the hype
  2. The Palm Pre and the Motorola Milestone
  3. Windows Vista and Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2
  4. Nintendo Virtual Boy and The Segway
  5. The Samsung Q1 and the iPhone

With the Apple iPad - the much-hyped slate PC - finally launched, here's a look at 10 products that got way more hype than they deserved.

Samsung Q1 and Microsoft Origami

Hey, look - it's another overhyped tablet device. After slowly teasing details and launching a viral marketing campaign, Samsung's Q1, which ran on a Microsoft platform called Origami, was lukewarmly received in 2006.

Expectations were too high for the device, which couldn't find footing between laptops and PDAs. Sound familiar?

Apple iPhone

Want to know what's really scary about all the tablet hype? With the iPhone, Apple didn't stop the hype after revealing the product in January 2007, as the company continued to release titbits of information until launch the following June.

Whether you love or hate the iPhone, it's a product you probably didn't need to hear so much about, and we're in for more of the same with the tablet.

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  1. Sadly, we did believe the hype
  2. The Palm Pre and the Motorola Milestone
  3. Windows Vista and Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2
  4. Nintendo Virtual Boy and The Segway
  5. The Samsung Q1 and the iPhone