The iPod Classic was laid to rest just last year after helping Apple garner much of its success in the 2000s. It probably doesn’t compare to the unlimited music streaming services like Spotify and Deezer nowadays, but it’s precisely its limited storage that makes us appreciate it even more. All that time spent selecting and syncing music just made playback even sweeter. And we miss that good old click wheel and classic silhouette iPod ads.
Nintendo Game Boy
It might have been quite the brick, but the original Game Boy changed handheld gaming for a lot of us. It could have been that nostalgic 8-bit element, or its Game & Watch heritage, but nothing quite compares to the monochromatic world of wonder that the Game Boy unlocked for us.
It didn’t even matter that it took 4 AA batteries to power up, or that we had to give the cartridge slot a good blow now and then, its place in our hearts can never be taken by just any Nintendo 3DS.
I still have my Game Boy lying around in a corner somewhere. I remember the hours spent playing Pokemon, trying to catch 'em all. Its frame eventually came loose from years of wear and tear, but I still took it everywhere, ugly glue stains and all because it functioned fine. There was just something solidly comforting about its massive bulk, and simple directional pad plus two button control combo for every game possible. How simple life was back then.
Sony VAIO laptops
The VAIO laptops disappeared when Sony sold its PC business to focus its efforts on the mobile segment. And what a pity that was because its slim sexy laptops were among some of the best looking on the market. Just to make it clear, the VAIO line still exists, but under new company Japanese Industrial Partners and mainly in Japan. Some tech trivia for you, in case you never realised what VAIO stood for, it’s Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer, which didn't make much sense when it came to the awkward VAIO P. But we still remember this line fondly for its later Ultrabooks and hybrids.