100 Best Gadgets Ever: Little Green Robots vs The World

From the first great Android phone to the iPad, this three-year period is packed with some of the most iconic gadgets and apps of the modern age

As our rundown drifts into the last years of the noughties and into the beginning of the 21st century's second decade, things are starting to hot up: life-changing apps, laptops thin enough to fit in a manila envelope, drones, the first tablet computer that wasn't a total embarrassment and a smartphone platform capable of competing with Apple's iOS.



Dropbox (2008)

How did we live before Dropbox whisked us upto the cloud? A free service that allows you to share files across your PC, laptop, phone, tablet or pretty much anything that connects to the internet, it was the first real cloud storage service and a godsend for travellers who needed 24/7 access to their vital documents – or just that hilarious snap of Uncle Keith asleep on the toilet.

Pioneer Kuro (2008)

“None more black” was the unanimous verdict on Pioneer’s first Kuro plasma TV. Producing the darkest, deepest blacks ever seen on a flat screen, it presented films with a vibrance and depth no rival telly could come close to. Even now, years after a broke Pioneer left the TV business, many claim Kuro’s picture quality has never been bested by a subsequent screen.

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Apple MacBook Air (2008)

Famously removed from a manila envelope on stage by Steve Jobs the MacBook Air redefined what you could do with a laptop. It also redefined what you couldn’t do, removing the disc drive, ethernet socket and all except one USB port. These days the speed of its all-flash storage and an all-day battery make it the best laptop on the planet – and it still fits inside that envelope.

READ MORE: Apple MacBook Air 11in (2014) review

Spotify (2008)

All the music ever, available on pretty much anything with an internet connection? Yeah, that sounds ok. And you only have to pay if you want to get rid of the adverts? Even better. We’ll take 40 million, with a quarter of those subscribing to Premium. And did we mention it fights pirates better than a bag of termites let loose on their wooden legs.

READ MORE: Spotify's best albums of 2014 (so far)

Olympus PEN E-P1 (2009)

In 2009, Olympus returned to its past in order to create its camera of the future. A mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was much smaller than a DSLR while offering the same flexibility and performance, the PEN’s real charm came from its retro design, which harked back to Olympus’ Pen cameras of the 1960s and 70s.

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