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The Hottest Gadgets in 2008

Hot Gadget Predictions For 2008

Wondering what's going to be hot and not-so-hot in the upcoming year? Here are some of my gadget predictions for 2008!

OLED Televisions: Surprisingly OLED TV's weren't overly popular in 2007, even though they created quite the buzz with their super-slim design, energy saving technology, and exceptional screen quality. I can't help but think they are going to make a huge comeback in '08. Be sure to stay tuned for Samsung's latest prototype, a 31-inch OLED TV.

More Sleek and Stylish Storage Devices: For those of us who carry our portable storage devices on us 24/7, keep your eyes peeled for some fun new USB flash drives in '08. Check out these new flash drives from PQI called the Traveling Disk i201 which come in strawberry, pink, banana yellow, and blueberry blue colors. Storage capacity ranges from 1GB to 4GB.

Portable Media Players: Now that downloading movies off the net has become so quick and easy, more and more people will be investing in portable media players. Philips new flash based personal media player is fresh on the scene and is going to be a hot buy. With 2, 4 or 8GB capacities, a 3.5" LCD display, built-in speakers, and a five hour video life, you can't help but wish you got one for Christmas!

Fashionable and Functional Gadget Accessories: Gel cell phone cases became a growing trend towards the end of '07, so I'm sure we'll see more colors and designs in '08. With the debut of Kodak's chic new camera cases which were also a hit, you're guaranteed to see alot more custom-designed carrying cases for electronics throughout the year.

eReaders: With the release of Amazon's Wireless Reading Device, the Kindle last November, I couldn't help but get absorbed into the eReader frenzy. These handy devices are simple to use, lightweight and can hold over 200 book titles. . .It's time to say good-bye to our paperbacks and hello to the world of electronic-paper in 2008!

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nabila nabila 9 years
Very nice list - it seems to me that what will be popular in 2008 is a lot of the same stuff as in 07, only in more colors - a bit more personal.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Interesting list; gorgeous tv! The only gadget that doesn't appeal to me are the ereader's; that's only because I prefer to have the actual book in my hands rather than a digital version. That's just my taste.
prbeachbum prbeachbum 9 years
I got a Sony Portable Reader System for Christmas, and while I agree it's not for everyone, it's really nice for a full time student on the go. I can download my textbooks onto it instead of carrying all of my texts all around campus. And now when I travel, I can put all of my "vacation books" in one place with less clutter (the PRS is so slim!)
PopArtDiva PopArtDiva 9 years
Yup, the e-reader was tried years ago and not successful. I also do my reading on my smartphone - smaller and it's already something I have to carry around. Plus you can convert audio books to mp3 files and listen too! I've had a touchscreen phone for several years now - as long as you can lock the screen it's great. Have to look into that tv - how'd I miss that new technology??? As for micro drives - I don't care what color they are as long as they have enough storage!
jazspin jazspin 9 years
2nd the idea that while e-readers aren't necessarily an awful idea, they are trying too hard to mimic the experience of an actual book (something that electronics can't really duplicate). Also, people tend to be reluctant to pick up yet another gadget when they are already carrying around phones, mp3 players, and PDAs.
avagee avagee 9 years
I guess people don't find the differences between real books and eReaders compelling enough yet. The readers and their books are too expensive. I think also trying to mimic a real books size is a mistake - people don't carry books as much as they carry mp3 players of phones. I have been using my cell phone as an eReader. What you loose in screen size (it's only really good for novels) you gain in portability / ubiquity (I am never without the phone). It's actually been a real boon. I get free classics and creative commons works from http//
Ultress Ultress 9 years
it's funny that we'd rather carry around our usb drives than use the file storage function on our portable media players. in a way it makes sense-i'd rather carry the compact usb drive than the cord to my ipod. i do love the way that usb drives have become accessories making them fun and functional. looking forward to the new crop in 08.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
love the list! that tv looks amazing. touch screens? hmm...yes, i can see it might be heading in that direction. hopefully the technology improves a lot though - i hate when it takes multiple touches to get something to respond. i hope the e-book reader things don't take off in a way (although books take up a lot of paper) - i just love regular books too much. we'll see, maybe i'll change my mind. i do sometimes read classics on my computer via a widget i installed.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
The only thing that I feel will not be a "big thing" is the eReaders. There were prototypes of this bbefore which were marketed but nobody seems to like the idea .
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
portable hard drives! i need one! i wnat something that isn't ipodish either.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
that TV looks amazing! can't wait to get one = )
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Calamari, I totally agree. I really think that the iMac went to a glass screen model as it will evolve into a touchscreen in the next generation or two.
calamari calamari 9 years
Nice list GeekSugar. 2008 is going to be a fun year for gadgets and technology. I predict that touchscreens are going to start showing up everywhere. I think we'll see touchscreens on everything from TV remotes to keyboards to appliances. yay future!
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