You can’t please every consumer 100% of the time, and that is certainly the case when it comes to product design. No matter how carefully something is developed or packaged, no matter how many times its designers test and retest it, there often is some flawed design element in the product that only rears its ugly head with prolonged consumer use.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable idiosyncrasies -- some annoying, some potentially deadly -- in product design and packaging over the years. Click on the Apple iPhone 5 connector below to view our list. Then add the products you think we missed in the comments section below.
Anyone who’s gone through a few mobile devices over the past 10 years or so probably also has a collection of now-useless power cords sitting somewhere in their basement. While there are certainly proprietary reasons for creating separate cords for devices from different manufacturers, it’s really no fun for the consumer. Just ask Apple enthusiasts who were nothing less than enraged when the company changed the iPhone connector with the iPhone 5 model (pictured here), rendering any previous Apple device power cords (which also up until then worked with iPods and iPads) or accessories obsolete with the new devices.