As 2010 draws to a close, we can’t help but look back at the gadgets that made not only this year, but this decade, complete. My tech savvy husband and I, a former technology educator, sat down to discuss this important question: What were the top gadgets of the decade? Here’s the list.
1) Apple iPod
The introduction of the iPod in the beginning of the decade changed the way we listen to music, practically making extinct the CD player. Apple redefined their brand with the small MP3 player. Not only did the iPod revolutionize music, but iTunes helped fuel their dominance in the digital marketplace and it paved the way for the iPhone and the iPad. There’s no doubt that the iPod is one of the top gadgets of the decade.
TiVO became a household name earlier in the decade. This popular DVR brand all but cornered the market. As the decade comes to a close, you’re likely to have a DVR built in to your satellite or cable box and you use it exclusively for recording television and video. No more forgetting to program the VCR thanks to the DVR.
3) Canon Elph Digital Camera
The first pocket-sized digital cameras became popular this decade. The instant gratification of a digital photo enabled everyone to become an amateur photographer. In addition, it changed the way we see the Internet…literally. Instead of words and stock photos, people, places, and things became real once we added our own photos to them. The Canon Elph Digital Camera was one of the first in a long line of digital cameras that were the top gadgets of the decade.
4) Sony Bravia
Televisions aren’t a piece of furniture anymore, thanks to the LCD or Plasma Screen television you might have mounted on your wall. Adios, rear projection and tube televisions-hello sleek, sexy, and stylish television viewing. The Sony Bravia, one of the more popular LCD televisions in the marketplace, is just one example.
5) Garmin GPS
The portable GPS has been a must-have tech gadget this decade, finding its way into your car, onto your smartphone, and in your hand when you’re out for a hike. Print maps are often discarded now, as drivers prefer to leave the navigation to the digital experts. Garmin GPS has made a name for itself in the global positioning system market by being both affordable and well-made.
6) Nintendo DS
Not since the Nintendo Gameboy has portable gaming been as popular as it is today. Nintendo DS brought portable gaming back into the limelight. Not only that, but it appealed to an entirely new demographic-the original Nintendo Gameboy users who were now in their 20s and 30s and still wanted to play, but were looking for more adult games, like the popular “Brain Age.” Suddenly, video games weren’t just for kids.
7) Apple iPhone
While not the first smartphone, Apple’s iPhone has easily captured the attention of worldwide consumers and become the most popular smartphone on the market and one of the top gadgets of the decade. Entertaining and educational applications, email, phone, music, and video, all at your fingertips has combined everything users were carrying around separately. The technology, which also popularized and perfected the touch screen, led to the later release of Apple’s iPad, another top gadget of the decade.
8) Sony Playstation 3
Playstation 3 brought something no other video game system had, setting itself apart in a crowded marketplace-Blu-Ray. The winning combination of the two skyrocketed Playstation 3’s popularity. PS3 also revolutionized online gaming with the “Call of Duty” game series, which typically brings in more money on an opening weekend than most box office hits gross in their entirety.
9) Nintendo Wii
Sedentary gaming is a thing of the past, thanks to the Nintendo Wii. Never before has gaming been so accessible and enjoyable to people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and walks of life. The design of the Wii controller seems so simple and intuitive that you wonder why video game creators didn’t think of it sooner. It’s set to be the new video gaming standard.
10) Apple iPad
Apple’s iPad isn’t the first tablet PC, but it’s definitely the best. Building upon the market share already secured by iPod and iPhone users, as well as Apple computer devotees, the iPad was an instant hit. Home computing has never been easier, more portable, or more enjoyable.