AOL: Top 5 gadgets you shouldn't buy

According to AOL the world would be better off without Blu-ray and HD-DVD because it creates the format war identical to the 80's Betamax/VHS stand-off where VHS ultimately came out as the clear winner. Their advice is wait... or risk building a library of obsolete discs. I wonder if the review writer has a stash of Betamax videos in his garage.

That's number one on their list, others include the PlayStation 3 due to the game system's initial bugs (games freezing and problems with set up) that appear to be fixed thanks to a recent upgrade, there are still a couple of reasons to hold off owning one. There are currently only 32 titles out on that console, AOL suggests a Nintendo Wii. Then there is 'Draft N' Wireless Routers, AOL admits the promised benefit is that they offer the latest technology and more security against hackers, but the N version hasn't been perfected and could ultimately become incompatible with current or future network cards, get a 'G' version instead say AOL and shave off half the price of the draft 'N'.

Next on the list is Windows Vista, because it will most likely ship with bugs that need sorting out (no operating system thus far has survived more than a month after retail without needing some sort of update or patch). Oh, and your system may not even run it properly. Last on the list is the 7-10 mega-pixel digital camera. Why? because in all honesty will you notice the difference between 5 mega-pixels and 10? probably not but you will notice the price difference, almost $150 on average.

Did you buy any of the above products? (I'm not sure they qualify as gadgets) Will you be staying with XP as a result of this advice? Comments welcome.

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Can the AOL bashing please stop? This article was not written by AOL or anybody who works for AOL! As mentioned by lbmouse in comment 1.2, it was written by an editor at SmartMoney.com. The article first appeared on the SmartMoney.com site.

AOL simply thought it was useful for the consumer to know about this, so they decided to mirror the article on their own site, but it's clear just by looking at it that it was written by SmartMoney.com not AOL!

Edit: Just noticed that bangbang023 made this clear as well in comment 11.1 (and beat me by 2 minutes). Thanks Chris.

Stop the AOL bashing? Pffft, like you NEED a reason to bash AOL?

Nah, I guess you're right. They do send me frisbees and coasters. (see: AOL discs)

AOL is a joke im pretty sure everyone will agree with that in these forums.

wireless routers aint all that great if you ask me unless u got a laptop and are constantly going around the house etc... which i dont plus wired routers are probably far more reliable.

as for PS3 it aint even worth buying right now... plus it's price in insanely high! ... ill take a xbox360 anyday over this.

as far as windows vista is conserned... it just aint worth shelling out like 100-150+ dollars for something thats overall not any better than windows xp is.

as far as the hddvd/bluray stuff is conserned.... as of now dvd is still the overall better choice MUCH cheaper to burn dvd's and even for movies i dont think hddvd or bluray is any better than standard dvd's unless you got a super fancy HDTV which most people dont.

as for 7-10MP cameras.... i dont think ill be getting those anytime soon since im guessing once you get around the 5MP area ... it's unlikely that those higher mp cameras would be "noticeably better".

i currently have a older 3.2MP camera from sony (DSC-P72) and overall im happy with it although as far as capturing fast motion with it, it pretty much sucks... and indoors it's "ok" (with the flash on) but outside pictures in good daylight im quite happy with as it's at it's best in bright outside conditions...... so im guessing down the road ill eventually get a new dig camera but it wont be anytime in the next couple of years.

Haven't bought, nor do I have any desire to purchase ANY of those items.

Vista especially!!


AOL would EASILY be #1 on that list, if you had to buy the software, but, unfortunately, they give it away. Which is about what it's worth!!

Eh... some people need the screws in their head tightened...

If no one bought hddvd or bluray then their would be no progress in the format war and you would just keep waiting and waiting... Don't wait, but one, and tell everyone you know to buy the same one.

All of them are just as stupid as the other. For windows vista for example, we are meant to hold off of 5 years of upgrades to the os because of a few minor problems that you probably would never notice?

Some people astound me...

mrmckeb said,
maybe people shouldn't use AOL because it's full-o-crap.

No kidding. The AOL software was(at least in the past) downright shocking

Nope, did not buy any of the above products. Although I did receive a free copy of Windows Vista Bussiness, and will not go back to Windows XP.

Oh, I didn't buy the above products because I'm poor, not because AOL think I should wait. What is AOL good for these days? I haven't heard much about them in the past 3-4 years.

Gotta agree on the camera one, a lot of people still like to print off their photo's and don't realise the printer they have may not be able to reproduce that kind of quality anyway.

So digital storage mediums, game consoles, operating systems, routers and professional digital cameras are gadgets now?