The 17 most useless gadgets of all time

All too often the latest gadget is a solution looking for a problem that doesn’t exist. You won’t believe (we still can’t believe) the piece of utter rubbish at number one in our list of the most useless gadgets of all time.

We’ve listed the products in only a rough order (although our #1 most useless product is an absolute belter), and we’ve given each a uselessnes score out of 5 in which 1 could be conceivably of some use, and 5 is a chocolate tea pot. And, yes, we are more than happy to say that the Apple Watch makes the list – you are of course entitled to disagree.

Most useless products of all time #17: Gear 2

Face facts, Samsung fans. Samsung has a unique way of reacting when a new product category appears (or when Apple hints that it might make a new category device). It floods the market with products of various flavours, sees what works and then concentrates only on the winners. And so it is with smartwatches.

The Gear 2 is a sound piece of engineering, well designed and built. It offers a decent feature set. But it is close to utterly useless. For one thing it runs the Tizen OS. Nothing intrinsically wrong with that, but now that Samsung has committed to making only Android Wear smartwatches, Tizen is unlikely to gain much in the way of apps or new features.

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