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Guess the Device: You probably forgot this even existed

by Brandon Russell | October 10, 2015October 10, 2015 2:00 pm PST

I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it is to see this product grow into such an important part of the future. It endured a shaky start, and it almost looked like it was too ahead of its time. But after some unfortunate growing pains, the product is assured, something that’s slowly becoming a marquee part of this company’s identity.

The version pictured above was one of the more calamitous versions—it actually no longer exists, and with new software now available, it’s for the best. Sometimes you have to release a dud to realize what not to do. Every company has a product that just should never have existed in the first place. That said, you find me complaining about the device’s design. That’s one thing that has remained consistent over the last few years. It’s still quite the sight even today.

For the people who do own this device, I’m curious to see if you actually use it on a daily basis, or if it’s just collecting dust in a cupboard somewhere. It’s still a perfect product for viewing video and browsing the Web. Beyond that, it’s pretty limited—and it was massively confusing for consumers at the time. Better to just pretend it didn’t exist in the first place.

Any guesses? That port is a big hint, as is the volume rocker. I won’t say anything beyond that, otherwise it just becomes to obvious. You probably already know what it is, but it’s important to say the exact model. I know you can do it.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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