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Geek Out: Do You Ever Miss Your Old Gadgets?

The other night I was on the hunt for my mini external speaker, and in my searching journey, I came across some old — very old — gadgets. What was supposed to be a two minute search, turned into me pulling everything out, reminiscing and having this nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Every gadget pictured here has a fun story behind it, and I couldn't help but think about each one. Every sentence in my head started with, "Oh that (insert device name), I remember when I got that." Like the BlackBerry for instance. Which just so happened to be my first BlackBerry that I managed to convince my parents was the most perfect graduation present anyone could ever ask for. My friends got trips to Cancun, I got a BlackBerry — I was over the moon.

What about you? Do you ever find an old cell phone or camera that you kinda miss? Or ones that bring back a ton of old memories?

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Tech Tech 8 years
Ha leeluvfashion! The Nintendo Gameboy! I think that one is still hiding at my parents house. I use to play it for hours and hours.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Oh I forgot to mention my Nintendo Gameboy Advance from '01 or '02 (in silver). Somewhere I have my first Gameboy Color from '98 in lime green. Also, I still have the Gameboy Printer and camera accessory. Whoa... memories. I used to be such a game freak then something happened. I don't know what :shrug: . Spyro The Dragon: Season of Ice and SSX Tricky were my go-to games.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
There are a few gadgets that bring back memories, especially: - A Nokia 3650 cell phone in Silver. That was my first slightly advanced phone. I had received it as a birthday present. - My first mp3 player: Apple iPod Mini in Lime Green. I used the device from '04-07. - My silver Polaroid instant camera from either '99 or 2000. That was a birthday present and my first "nice" camera. - An old electronic "pocket" organizer w/ stylus that came out in the mid-90's. It was my father's and I loved it so much, he gave it to me a few years later. - A Panasonic video camera (mini tape) that I was given in '99 or 2000. Another birthday present and my first video recorder. I was obsessed with it and once I figured out I could add borders... I was in LOVE. :P I have kept all of these devices and whenever I come across them it takes me down the long road known as memory lane.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
The only old gadgets I don't have anymore are crappy cell phones like the StarTak (sp?).
myfashionissue myfashionissue 8 years
Sure! I have all my old cell phones. Some times I miss them.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
My first digital camera fit in an altoid tin. It was awesome. But my new camera is far superior and purple, so I guess it is time to let go.
Pets Pets 8 years
OMG, yes. I loooved my little red Nokia phone with a passion. Until it fell out of my pocket when I was rushing to cross the West Side Highway one day with my dog. I looked down, saw the yellow light and oncoming traffic and knew it would be the phone or North. The second car ran it over but I still waited 'til the light changed, picked up the pieces and saved the flattened phone in a sandwich bag.
sontaikle sontaikle 8 years
Ah! A Dell DJ! :) I knew other person with one of those. I had one and everyone always wondered what the hell it was. Now I have an ipod classic, but my Dell DJ served me well for two years. I was sad when I wanted to upgrade to another one that they weren't making them anymore!
Chim Chim 8 years
with the exception of my HTC tilt and my blacberry curve, i held on to EVERY phone I have ever had since my college days. i remember when they first came out with flip phones having having the trac phone looking phones, i thought i was going to pass out! that was it- phones couldn't get ANY better than the flip phone! i was the first of my friends to have one and I thought i was the hottest thing walking around campus. haha boy have times sure to i have a phone that plays music, watch my fave tv shows, allows me to check my account status, play games, gps, take pics,and everything else u could imagine! BTW i have the iphone!
catstarr catstarr 8 years
I love all my old gadgets so much. My old phones I can't bear to get rid of.... I still have the charger for my first camera phone so I can turn it on and look at my pictures. ALL my old digital cameras- my first one was a 3 megapixel kodak the size (and weight) of a brick.
weffie weffie 8 years
hey is that a rogers blackberry in the pic?
weffie weffie 8 years
Qualcomm QCP1960, my very first mobile... at the time it was so flat and sleek compared to the big boxy nokias lol, i loved that phone!!
SB-Marilyn SB-Marilyn 8 years
I don't think I miss any of it as if it was superior in some way it would still be in use. I do have fond memories of most of them as many were "firsts" of their type of technology. I had a Sony Ericsson T610 that I waited and waited for it to be released in the US. Actually the first time I ever changed networks for a phone. Wasn't the last time though ;-)
caroline_1 caroline_1 8 years
my startac was indestructible!! i miss THAT. and i have a broken digicam from college that lasted through many many drunken nights, until i accidentally poured beer into my purse, and onto my camera :) good memories
chevis chevis 8 years
Oh I have stories behind all my old gadgets. I had a plastic box break in my closet the other day and everything fell on the floor including three of my old cell phones. I too remember talking my Dad into why I needed the new phones for whatever reason I had come up with at the time! If I had all the money back that I had to spend on new cell phones in college, that I broke (two phones broke due to me dropping them into my car's cup holder that happened to have a drink in it - imagine that?), I would be much richer right now!
darkangeldaria darkangeldaria 8 years
My ancient Nokie bar phone I had about 30 faceplates for...I spent more on the faceplates than I did on the phone!
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
My Motorola Star Tac flip phone... wow that was like, 18 yrs ago lol.. I loved that little thing!
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
I miss my first gen RCA Lyra mp3 player from 1999. I remember it came with a 32mb memory card, and I thought it was so awesome.
beautifulmel beautifulmel 8 years
I do the same thing-- I miss my old cameras and phones, even if the ones I have now are SO MUCH BETTER-- there are memories I made with those gadgets that are precious.
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