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    The Giz Wiz Asks You! > What's your favorite gadget of the past 10 years?

    I'll start with mine. Slingbox is my favorite! It came out before I knew about Netflix and the other streaming services there are now. When I would travel, it was great to be able to enjoy Turner Class Movies on my computer wherever I went, and I could even watch my local ABC News shows any place there was an Internet connection. And your favorite?

    March 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Giz Wiz

    Listen to the Coffee

    My favorite gadget of the last 10 years has to be my KitchenAid Coffee maker with speaker system. Ahhh the amplified sounds of coffee brewing in the morning!

    March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Miles

    I would say the adoption of HD TV. It has rovolutionized Tv watching for millions.

    March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Brooker

    I would say my favorite gadget over the past 10 years is the tablet computer. I have always like the idea of a tablet versus a laptop but they could never get it right and there was so little support for the devices that did come out. Finally, the smart phones came out and caught on. I was excited about being able to communicate with the world via the internet or FB or G+ on a truly mobile device. But it was hard to do on such a small screen. Then came the new wave of tablets and finally I got what I wanted for years. A device that could do almost anything a laptop could do with that the bulk and the burning laps!. I use a Android based tablet all the time while my laptop sits idle. Yes, I vote for the tablet "of today".


    March 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Stiles

    Hi Dick,

    It would have to be my iPad - I love it :)


    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Wood

    It has to be the iPod Touch. I got my first one back in 2008 and that was the genesis of my love of all things gadget and tech!

    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Kelly

    I would have to say my iPhone. Steve Jobs debut them in 2007 so that would fall with the "last 10 year" qualification (2002 - 2012).

    I worked in the telecommunications sales sector for several years, and had the privledge to own and play with many many different phones, but the iPhone 4S I can say without qualification or hesitation is the single best phone I have ever owned in my entire life.

    What's more is every iPhone is better than the last, there are some awesome rumors about the iPhone 5 so yea I would 100% say the iPhone.

    It has revolutionized the entire smart phone market - smart phones were barely selling before it came out in 2007, now nearly every phone is an iPhone clone.


    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClinton Neal

    Hi Dick,

    I am an oldie and my favorite gadgets over the years are many, but one I remember well is my first cellular phone. It was a bag phone with a humongous battery and the telephone receiver was connected with a curled cord to the electronics in the bag. It was huge and heavy and you could hardly make a call with it.
    The antenna was clipped on a side window or on later models you glued it on the outside with a matching glue-on connector with the antenna cord on the inside. I had a Suburban with a front bench seat and the phone was always in the middle....great times.

    Another gadget, which actually changed the direction of my life, was my first Microsoft GUI computer (DOS 3.10 and 3.11 I think it was). Then came Windows....

    Both were huge game changers like the music in 60's and 70's was.

    I hope I can come and visit you again later this year, if it is alright with you.

    Best Regards

    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArneCarl

    Smart phone I use its internet all day long.

    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdavid hold

    The Smartphone

    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergerrald stangret

    The gadget I've used and loved most is my Altek Lansing rechargeable iPod dock.

    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan Diercks

    Satellite radio, truly commercial free enjoyment. Unlike what cable TV promised, and then sold out to the corporate biggies. The DJ's are great, and have been saved from fading away. The specials are really special . Just a wonderful medium.

    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMacolyte Tom

    Hello GizWiz!

    My favorite gadget is/was my first cell phone which was a "pre smartphone" the Ericsson R520m ! A World phone that I took to Italy in 2006 and put a Tim Sim card in and saved gazillions talking with my husband back home. I loved and still love this phone! It still looks fabulous after all these years and believe it or not, the batteries are still holdiing a charge after sitting for EIGHT years! I bought it in 2004 brand new for only $99.00, in it's hayday it cost over 600.00. It still sells for hundreds of dollars on ebay! It is a marvelous example of cellular technology!


    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeckee Williams

    Sorry, I meant to say the batteries have sat idle for FIVE years!


    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeckee Williams

    My favorite gadget is a gadget to fix all my other gadgets... The Swiss Army Cybertool http://tinyurl.com/6qyeznz

    With this little pocket tool I have replaced a 5 pound bag of tools I used to carry around to repair computers and printers, adjust cameras and disassemble laptops and smartphones.

    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChase Barber

    My favorite gadget is my roku box.

    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason Wynn

    Pre10 years would be Palm Pilot. Within 10 years it would be my Palm Treo Smartphone .

    March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMurrayOnTravel

    Hi Dick,
    In my previous post I mentioned my oldie favorite gadgets, The gadget of the last ten years is iPad. I use it all the time in US and some countries abroad. I just switch SIM card to the country I am in. Most of times it is much cheaper than AT&T, even if you compare the US domestic rate. AT&T's international plan.....forget about it!
    iPad changed my life!

    March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArneCarll

    Today, it's the iPad. Years ago, it was the Palm Pilot, followed closely by the various smartphones I've had.

    March 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertbonejeff

    I love my slingbox and was an extremely early adopter. It allowed me to view weather and news at my vacation home as well as get TCM and three at Geo anywhere I went! But it's not my favorite.

    I love my Roku. I have three of them around. Netflix, Amazon Prime Movies, and TWiT are always within reach on all my big screens. But it's not my favorite.

    I love my ATRIX 4G Android phone. It's my car GPS, my MP3 player and more. But it's not my favorite

    I love my Logitech Squeezebox internet radio! Along with playing streaming audio from many radio stations I love to listen to anywhere I am. I can listen not only to stations in my home market, but also from the vacation home locale and even vacation destinations like New Zealand and Australia. Pandora and my own PC are music sources for the internet radio. But where it shines is the way it interfaces with all those podcasts! From TWiT's Weekly Daily Giz SWiz to the continuous Jean Shepherd "Insomniac Radio"; from the Tech News Today podcast to Freakonomics podcast, from TWiTlive stream to the stream of Radio New Zealand International the device keeps me happy and informed all the time. I even have an Android App for the thing! The internet (streaming audio) radio device is my favorite in the last 10 yeaars!

    March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPete , peteC, Costello

    Before the ipod touch and the ipad, it would definately be my PocketPc. I had everything I needed on there including the books I was reading and my Bible.

    Now I take my ipad to church and my ipod touch to work (because I can't bring my ipad in to work).

    Someday, I will trade in my Pantech HotShot for and iphone.

    March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOdelia

    Hands down, it has to be Windows Home Server. I can't begin to tell you how many times this has saved me from disaster and is so extremely easy to use. It backsup each of my computers every night and through 3d party addins, allows for off-site, on-line backup of photos and other important files.

    Bill Johnson

    March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill Johnson

    Iam not sure if under the 10 year mark but the STARTAC phone. To this day my wife still wants it back!!

    March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

    This is hard. Ten years includes just about all cell phone development, iPod stuff..and I do love my iPod still... but I have to pick the gizmo I'm using to make this post. I have a Transformer Prime with the keyboard dock.

    The thing is almost exactly the "laptop" I wanted fifteen or twenty years ago. I was told there was no market (iprobably true then) and why didn't I just [insert geek wonder thing here]?

    I wanted a light, little tiny peripheral device for my desktop computer. I only wanted it to do stuff I do away from my desktop. Instead, the laptop kept growing into a desktop replacement... the same way cars used to get longer, lower, wider, and with more chrome and fins and crap. It was just horrible what they did to the originall Beach Boys T-Bird. They did the same thing to laptops... then they came out with PDAs, which were nice, but insanely small to do much with.

    Now I have this little number. It writes, it surfs, it emails, it has ways for me to view and edit just about anything... it has this amazing microscopic keyboard that is actually quite usable. It does NOT have or need a mouse. It plays nice with my computer AND with my phone. If it had a beer cooler it'd be perfect!

    So all of the mobile tech is astonishing and good and I never miss an opportunity to rise up in the gates of the city and call it blessed...but this here tablet is what has really hit the spot for me.

    I love GPS. It is the closest thing to a transporter. With GPS, I can go anywhere I want to go without worry!

    March 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn in Piscataway