Nine years ago, as a young tech reporter at Time Magazine, I co-wrote a buyer’s guide with the latest and greatest gear known to man. Today, it sounds ridiculous.
• Creative’s $US500 Nomad Jukebox (pictured above), was not only “sleek” – at least when compared to a CD Walkman – but “can hold as much music as 150 CDs”.
• The Extiva was a $US350 DVD player from Samsung with the Nuon chip, so “you can also play video games”. Not sure which video games we were referring to there.
• Our pick for digital camera was Nikon’s twisty CoolPix 990, three million pixels for one thousand (American) dollars.
• Gateway laptop with 12.1-in. display, 550MHz chip and a year of free AOL was “a great deal” at $US1300.
• Two-way pagers from Motorola, $US180 each, let you send messages back and forth, and came in “four hot colours”.
• LG’s Touchpoint 3000 smartish phone cost $US400, combined an address book and
an organiser, and had one killer app: “Tap someone’s name and it dials for you.”
• The $US300 Iomega HipZip took little PocketZip magnetic disks instead of flash memory so it was easier to “get with the MP3 revolution” – hooray for obscure proprietary formats that died within a year!
• Cybiko was invented a decade ago but promised to do almost more
than what the Peek does today – with wireless messaging and an MP3 “attachment”.
• “It’s near impossible to find this killer game console – and just as hard to find good titles to play on it.” The console? PlayStation 2.
• Handspring Visor Prism, the great hope of the PDA world, had a cartridge slot so that you could “turn it into a mobile phone, an MP3 player or a miniature digital camera”. Only trouble was when the cartridges started costing more than the $US450 PDA.
The whole list is pretty hilarious – I encourage you to pop over and read more. [Time.com]
I apologise for the crappy quality of some of the images – I had to go grab promo shots found out on the web. For some reason, Time didn’t preserve our gorgeous photoshoot online. Guess they thought the internet was just a fad.