The 25 worst-named tech products

What's in a name? Well, more than you think when it comes to tech products. Here are some of the worst-named products we've come across. A few did OK in the marketplace; most, however, did not.

Companies agonize over what to name a product, and we certainly recognize how difficult a process it is to come up with a good name.

Over the years, we've seen lots of good ones: the Palm Pilot, the Motorola Razr, TiVo, the Flip cam, are just a few.

But today we're not here to celebrate success. No, let us to rejoice in failure and admire some of the truly bad -- and, in some cases, truly awful -- names that have come along in the last 10 years or so, including the latest additions to the list: the Asus FonePad/PadFone, Grace Digital Ecoxgear Ecoxbt, I'm Watch, Nintendo Wii U, and Qi inductive charging.

How bad are they? Well, all of us will have our own opinions about that along with how much those names may have hindered the potential success of the products (the majority have been failures). You also probably remember some really bad names that we've failed to highlight, which is why we encourage you to make your own nominations in the comments section below. If we see some good ones (or in this case, really bad ones), we'll add them to the list.

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Editors' note: CNET's Brian Cooley has put together an even more succinct Top 5 version of the list. On March 19, 2012, he put out a sequel ("Part 2") to his original video. This post has been updated with the new video. You can watch it above.

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About the author

Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.

 

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