100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Web, Everywhere

Remember the dark days before the iPhone? This era saw its launch, making the internet accessible anywhere

In the early days, we could only really access the World Wide Web from two places: home, or work. This all changed with the introduction of a phone from a company named Apple, which is still influencing our technology today.

With many of us largely dependent on our pocket tech nowadays, it was this era that asked the question of not what you could do whilst on the move, but what you couldn’t - and made it possible.

Heck, you’re probably reading this on the move. If you are, sit down (or don’t), have a read, and let us know your views on it: #WebEverywhere also saw the introduction of the hashtag.

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Twitter

On the face of it, Twitter is merely a playground for egotists and bores. But enough about the Stuff editorial team’s personal accounts – what Twitter has done for the way we consume information and interact with both brands and people is huge. Have you tried flicking through a daily newspaper recently? Why bother? Almost every single story you’d want to read, you’ve already seen on Twitter, neatly summed up in 140 characters (along with more than your fair share of cute cat photos and dinnertography). It’s also empowered whole societies, exposed wrongdoing and created the ‘second screen’ for TV commentary. Before too long there’ll be an account set up purely to tweet old photos of newspapers and clips from the six o’clock news. How sweet. 

Flip Video

A gadget that just records video might seem quaint in today’s world of 4K capturing mobiles but that’s exactly what makes the Flip so important. Its popularity showed that people wanted to shoot quick and easy video for that newfangled YouTube without worrying about focus, white balance or any of that Spielberg nonsense. Until phones caught up, a Flip had the answer.

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Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo Wii’s heyday might’ve been short-lived in console terms, but its effect on gaming is still evident in the motion-tracking PS Eye and Xbox Kinect. It got lazy gamers up from the sofa and using muscles they didn’t know they had, and even made gamers out of people who’d never inverted a Y-axis or pwned a n00b in their lives. For that, Nintendo, we salute you.

Apple iPhone

With the benefit of hindsight, the iPhone is in its rightful position on the tech timeline. It sits alongside the Walkman or colour television as something that completely changed the way we see technology. It put the internet in our hands (albeit quite slowly until the 3G version arrived), made touchscreens useable with capacitive tech and multi-touch input, created a whole app industry, and spawned a new category of smartphones designed to be used by everyone rather than just those with a good grasp of JavaScript. Yep, even your mum’s got an iPhone these days. It’s got to the point where the call functionality is secondary to all of the other stuff it does, meaning you can take our phone, but you’ll never take our iPhone.

Amazon Kindle

The ‘iPod of books’ hasn’t had quite the same effect on publishing as Apple’s thin white jukebox did on the music industry, but its low price, ease of use and whopping library of titles has made the Kindle a hit far beyond your average gadget fan and into the hands of commuters. Like the Walkman, the Kindle’s been so successful it’s become the default term for an ebook reader.

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