The Best and Worst Gadgets of 2008
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. There was some totally rad stuff out there, and then there was just some god-awful, straight-to-the-regift pile crap. Herein, I chronicle both sides of the digital, gift-giving coin as it flipped through 2008.
By Reverend Danger
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5. EEE PC
The Eee PC has a name you just want to squeal like you’re a 10-year-old girl on a rollercoaster (albeit a totally manly 10-year old girl with a pretty substantial beard). It was also the laptop to start the landslide of “netbooks” (small, light, cheap laptops designed for business travelers and midgets). It runs Linux on most versions, so it’s super cheap, and it’s adorable, so it might get you laid as much or more than a cute pet. Bonus: it’s more useful than a pug.
4. Wii Fit
The Wii Fit is something I can say that I’ve honestly never played, and probably never will. However, it made the top 5 gadgets of the year for 2 very important reasons. The first is that it is heralding a vast revolution in the way games are played. Second is because for reasons unbeknownst to all but the most learned pornographers, the Wii Fit happens to be a sex machine.
3. Sanyo Xacti HD
Two years ago I really wanted Santa to bring me a pocket-sized video camera, but the only ones with decent resolution were the size of Andre the Giant’s pockets. This year saw several innovations in digital recording, but the sexiest in my opinion was the Sanyo Xacti HD. It’s kind of pricey, but I hate money, so that doesn’t matter.
2. T-Mobile G1
The G1 was super hyped because it was the first phone ever to run Google’s mobile operating system, Android. It came out to mixed reviews that usually hemmed and hawed regarding whether Google was a good company or not, then got down to the fact (in the last 2 sentences) that, in fact, the G1 was a pretty solid phone. It’s so solid, in fact, that the mighty Google is giving all their employees a special edition G1 that works all over the world and has a picture of a robot on it for a Christmas bonus.
1. iPhone 3G
The iPhone barely made it on the best list. This is not because it lacks any kind of technical awesomeness. I mean, you can turn it into a beer and boobs for pete’s sake! It tediously teeters on the rim of the best list because of the Cult of the iPhone – a new (and thus highly-motivated) cell in the Cult of Apple. I’ve seen sheep act that way right before they were lead to slaughter. But still, it's a pretty kick-ass phone.