It's frustrating when you spend good money on a shiny new gadget, only to watch as a much better model comes out the next month. Getting a product that sucks at the time of purchase is even worse. Avoid feeling like a fool by staying far away from these devices.
The launch of LG's next major phone, the LG G6, is so close that we can practically smell its packaging. According to reports, the new phone will debut at Mobile World Congress in February 2017 and will feature a nearly bezel-free display. So why would you buy the soon-to-be-obsolete LG G5?
The Pebble company sold its intellectual property to Fitbit and discontinued its product line a few months ago, but many large retailers continue selling its watches. As of this writing, Best Buy still had the defunct Pebble Time Steel on "clearance" for $169.
Considering that these watches connect to Pebble's servers and that the company which maintains those servers is out of business, we're not sure how long these watches will continue to function. They're a bad deal at any price.
If you just dropped your old phone down a flight of stairs and need to buy a new one right away, the Galaxy S7 or Edge is a great choice because of its awesome low-light camera, brilliant screen and strong performance. However, if you can delay your purchase for just a few more weeks, Samsung will be releasing its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8.
Due out in March or April, the Galaxy S8 will reportedly have a new digital assistant, a speedy Snapdragon 835 processor and an optional dock that turns it into a desktop computer. The camera should be better too.
From its sloppy, hard-to-navigate interface to its lack of useful features, Google's watch OS is a huge disappointment. However, in a few weeks, wrist pieces based on Android Wear 2.0 will start rolling out, complete with a new app drawer and NFC for mobile payments. Existing Android Wear watches may or may not see the update.
In general, you don't want to buy a product from a company that's in serious financial trouble. Amid reports of monetary distress, the company has reportedly stopped responding to customer support requests and hasn't updated its social media feed since December 2016. Jawbone hasn't announced a closing, but the signs don't look good.
Apple has refreshed (or announced) its MacBook 12-inch in each of the last two springs. Based on that track record, I expect the company to unveil a new version of this lightweight laptop sometime between March and May of 2017.
The new model will almost certainly use an Intel 7th Gen processor which should boost performance and power efficiency. Considering the middling performance of the current MacBook, it makes a lot of sense to wait for the next model.
Even before Nintendo announced its upcoming Switch console, the Wii U was a loser, miles behind the XBox One and the PlayStation 4 in game support and performance. However, now that we know that the company is coming out with a new platform this spring, the current model is an even worse buy.
In late March, you'll be able to buy the Nintendo Switch which offers both portable and at-home gaming in a much more powerful package. We also expect a whole new ecosystem of games, including new ones with Zelda, Mario and Sonic.