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12/30/2011 12:54 pm ET

The 13 Worst Tech Fails Of 2011

Steve Jobs never said it exactly this way, but we think he would have agreed that not all "Think Different" is created equal. This seems to be true in the case of the year's most epic technology flops.

While some products were fated for failure -- more than one eyebrow was raised at the launch of a certain handheld 3D gaming console with a steep price tag and a slim catalogue of games -- others seemed like more of a sure thing, at least in theory. (A wristband that keeps track of your health is a brilliant idea, as long as you can get the device to work.)

Both newbies and well-established companies are responsible for 2011's most cringe-worthy fails. From giants like Netflix and HP to startups like Color Labs, these companies are responsible for poor decisions and surprise misses from the past 12 months.

Here are our picks for the year's biggest tech failures (below). Vote for the worst fail of the year, and let us know in the comments if you have any suggestions for additional flops.

For more fantastic flubs in consumer tech, check out the biggest fails of the past decade. Then, lighten things up with a more positive look at the decade's most influential gadgets. You can also visit HuffPost's 2011 Year In Review for the highlights (and lowlights) from this past year.

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