There is nothing worse than a product not working as intended. I cannot count, unfortunately, how many times I have saved up for months and months to afford a phone or product that ends up a dud.
I am an early adopter of new technology, so perhaps I buy things when they have not worked out necessary kinks or bugs. However, I think that if I spend my hard-earned cash on a device, I deserve an experience that is positive and worth every dime.
Here are some of the devices that are most commonly defective, based on reports and my own personal experience:
Mobile phones can be defective for a lot of reasons, including malfunctioning software or potentially dangerous hardware defects. Software that has bugs or errors in its coding will not display or process information. Coding mistakes can also lead to slow or frozen screens.
Physical defects span everything from cracks on the screen to cameras that do not capture photos in the quality advertised. A chipped screen is not the end of the world, as many owners of older phones subject to wear and tear can attest.
But as the attorneys from ChasenBoscolo describe, defective products can cause serious and even fatal injuries. Defects are not just inconveniences. Sometimes, they can be deadly.
Personal computer laptops are similar to cell phones in their internal design but are (obviously) larger in size. The similarities in design make it so that laptops malfunction in a similar way but on a grander scale. One example is combustion.
If wires are crossed incorrectly or the internal circuitry is manufactured wrong, a phone or laptop can burst into flames and injure its owner. Fires are strengthened by the battery in a device, though, so the damages from a cell phone or a laptop differ.
The most tragic example of devices becoming defective is certainly the failure of necessary medical devices to properly operate. When a surgeon implants a device into your body, you hope and pray that it will continue to work as intended.
Perhaps replacing a Pacemaker earlier than expected is a little inconvenient. But when an artificial valve ceases to function entirely? That’s a different issue altogether.
There are very few precautions to take to prevent a medical device from being or becoming defective. However, the best piece of advice I can offer is to only receive medical care from reputable doctors.
In addition, never “skimp out” or take the cheapest option when it comes to selecting medical devices if you can. As anyone who has gone through the terror of having a defective medical device can tell you, a life free from worrying about defective devices is worth a few hundred dollars.
Next time you are saving up for a product, make sure to do your research. If there are reports aplenty about a bad product, either wait for companies to fix their mistakes or look at alternative brands. And when it comes to medical devices, ask your doctor if there are risks associated with your particular situation.