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Old 10-28-2006, 01:25 AM   #1
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I have had my s50 for almost 11 months now and it just died via the "No Signal" problem. In reading this board, this isn't the worst of the problem that the s50 has had in it's short history.

Question. Is the s50 the worst piece of hardware ever released to the general public?

I bought my girlfriend the original Powerbook which was plagued with problems and it became one of the most notorious releases Apple has ever made. The battery would catch on fire, the screen would die, the machine wouldn't turn on... all within a year. But to Apple's credit, at the time, their customer support was there with answers and fixes.

The s50 on the other hand, while it did it's job for the most part, it seems to be the most complained about and broken piece of S I have read about and experienced ever.

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Initial units were plagued with operating issues/bugs.
Had a horrible UI which was difficult to navigate through.
Had horrible hardware design. Can you say "opposite of the iPod'?
Firmware release were few and far between and often didn't include the fixes users wanted.
Firmware upgrades were difficult to install.
Battery life was too short.
Units would often become unrepairable.
Tech Support of the unit is horrible.

the list goes on.

But... have you known of a piece of hardware that has fared worse than the s50?
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Old 10-28-2006, 01:42 AM   #2
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You'll get a different anwser from everyone. Sorry about your problems.
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You'll get a different anwser from everyone. Sorry about your problems.
I had a few problems but it seems to me that there are a number, if not most people who have had some big issues with the s50. Not only with the actual hardware but the support behind it.
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its probably the most unreliable gadget I've ever bought.
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its probably the most unreliable gadget I've ever bought.
I don't think its the MOST unreliable gadget I've bought.


I did spend a few bucks once on some Miracle Abdominal toning belt that was supposed to magically get rid of a few pound around the mid section.
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Is the s50 the worst piece of hardware ever?
I am a 39 year old gadget freak and have been buying the latest and greatest gadgets my entire life. When I was 13 I waited in line to get the Atari 400 and Commodore VIC-20 with the cassette deck. Over the years I have owned a lot of hardware and dealt with some of the technologies short comings.

By far the S50 is the worse hardware I have ever owned. I am on my 4th S50 unit and it still has issues. The user interface is horrible. The fact the unit has been out for almost a year and they still have not fixed the resume is horrible.

The worse part for S50 users today is if your unit breaks chances are really good you are going to spend many hours on the phone with customer service and you probably will not get a replacement for 4+ months.

Most of us spent over $400 for the S50 with the home dock. It’s very sad.

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What was the "resume" issue again?
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What was the "resume" issue again?
Some people call it resume or bookmark. If you have a 2 hour show recorded you have to write down on a piece of paper when you stopped listening. When you get back in the car you check the piece of paper and fast forward using chapters and the 30 second jumps until you get you were you left off. If it stopped at 1 hour and 45 minutes it can take 4-5 minutes to get back were you left off.

I was told they fixed this on the Stilletto.

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oooooooooh. I remember now. That was a rough time those days were. People were ready to kill a fool for the ability to FF.

We can only hope this was addressed or it's GO TIME!
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oooooooooh. I remember now. That was a rough time those days were. People were ready to kill a fool for the ability to FF.

We can only hope this was addressed or it's GO TIME!
The times never changed, FF was never fixed and resume/bookmark is still non existent. It’s been a year.

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Actually, I kind of like mine.
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here yo go han, i love my s50 too

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The Toshiba Tecra laptop was the worst piece of hardware I've ever encountered. Back during my life as net admin my boss had a boner for Toshibas - finally convinced him the Satellite model loaded w/ ram was just as fast and much more reliable.
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The Atari 5200 was a piece, also. Control pads sucked.
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Funny. I just bought an Airlink 802.11g router yesterday at Fry's. The internal OS seems to have died as I can't even log into it nor get an IP address from the internal DHCP server.

I wrote to support about this issue and they told me to "make sure my cables were connected" and if not, to go back to Frys and get a replacement.

So... at least my s50 lasted 10 months before crapping out.
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