The Gadgeteer’s 15th Birthday Giveaway


You know the old saying “time flies when you’re having fun”? It is so true. I can’t believe that I’ve been doing The Gadgeteer for 15 years. I started this site back in 1997, which seems like the stone age as far as gadgets are concerned. Back in those days, cutting edge meant a Palm Pilot and a 28.8kbps modem. Now we carry smartphones that are a 100 times more powerful than those original PDAs and more than 200 times faster than our old dial up modems. Besides gadgets, The Gadgeteer has seen other changes over the years, from the way the site looks, to the great team of writers and all of you who visit every day. Let’s celebrate with some presents! Full contest details after the jump.

Prize Pack 1

WaterField Designs Outback Muzetto gear bag (your size and color choice) – Review of 10″ Version
TokyoFlash Watch of your choice
Saddleback Leather small Moleskine cover – Review
Exotac FreeKey System – Review
Exotac Black nanoSTRIKER XL  – Review
Scosche switchBACK Surge g4 iPhone case / battery
Urbanears Bagis earphones
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel

Prize Pack 2

Tom Bihn Ego gear bag – Review
TokyoFlash Watch of your choice
Saddleback Leather small Moleskine cover – Review
Exotac FreeKey System – Review
Exotac Black nanoSTRIKER XL – Review
Ego Hybrid Series USB iPhone case – Review

Prize Pack 3

Saddleback Leather small Moleskine cover – Review
Exotac FreeKey System – Review
Satechi 12-Port USB Hub
Desk Pets Carbot

How to enter (please read carefully – any missed steps and your entry will be disqualified):

1. Between now and 09/05/2012 11:59PM EST leave a comment telling us what your favorite gadget has been from the past 15 years.

2. At some point on 09/06/2012, I’ll pick 3 random winners using The winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to choose their prize pack. Winner #1 gets first choice, winner #2, gets their choice of remaining prize packs and winner #3 will get the last remaining prize pack. If I do not receive an answers to my emails, I’ll do other drawings till the prize are gone.


1. Only one entry per person (warning: I check IP addresses).

2. Gadgeteer writers, family members and close friends may not enter this contest.

3. is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

4. Failure to follow instructions will result in the entry being disqualified.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Desk Pets, EgoExotacGoal Zero, Saddleback Leather, Satechi, ScoscheTom BihnTokyoFlash, Urbanears and Waterfield Designs for sponsoring this contest!

Update: The Winners are:

#75 Evan Jones
#44 June Reich
#10 Chris Miller

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  • Joni Bender September 4, 2012, 8:59 am

    My Cell phone is my Fav Gadgeteer Gadget…

  • Samantha B September 4, 2012, 10:38 am

    Hello Gadgeteer!
    My favorite gadget has to be the new iPad. I love the portability and wide range of apps. It not only keeps me occupied but also my two year old. He can sit and play while we run errands or we are stuck inside on a rainy day. It is by far te best gadget we have b

    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Love you guys.

  • James September 4, 2012, 11:09 am

    Hands down the Android OS phones in particular the Galaxy S3 because its the pinnacle of all smartphones in terms of features, speed and connectivity & much more that makes life less stressful.

  • Bev September 4, 2012, 11:10 am

    Happy Birthday! My favorite gadget is my cell phone.

  • Jonathan Jekir September 4, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Favourite gadget? Palm Tungsten E. After my IIIe, that was the big e-book, music and game machine of my childhood.

  • Christina September 4, 2012, 4:56 pm

    Congratulations! I have bought many, many gadgets on your recommendation.

    My favorite gadget is still my TiVO.

  • Eric September 4, 2012, 6:50 pm

    My favorite gadget has been the iPad 2. Definitely a game-changer. Thanks for the great reviews.

  • poqeteer September 4, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    I love watches so it has to be the latest the Devon Thread Watch. If only I had a spare $25k laying around.

  • Cai September 4, 2012, 11:44 pm

    My favorite gadget is the gameboy pocket – elegance in simplicity, huge game library, constant classic entertainment. Can’t go wrong here! 🙂

  • Joel September 5, 2012, 1:16 am

    It’s hard picking just one, but the original Palm Pilot probably rises to the top.

  • Lim HD September 5, 2012, 4:48 am

    Happy Birthday!
    My favorite gadget has been my durable Playstation Portable.

  • Stephanie O September 5, 2012, 10:19 am

    My favorite gadget has been my Kindle Fire… read books & surf the net. I have a note pad app and leave myself notes, look up recipes, and check email.
    Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

  • Andrew Baker September 5, 2012, 11:37 am

    My favorite gadget of all time has been the Targus folding keyboards. The old Quad-fold models in the Palm Pilot Era, Not the new bi-fold.

    Go Julie! 15 years,

  • Jill Hobbs September 5, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Definitely the iPad 2.It has opened up a vast range of possibilities for me as an artist,no materials to lug about and I can paint and draw discreetly,so subjects are more relaxed.When shown the image is bright and impressive and has caused a great deal of interest,also commissions for drawing portraits of jazz musicians has also been a great teaching aid as I can show work stage by stage.Now all I need to find is the best stylus for artists.

  • Kevin Remhof September 5, 2012, 3:43 pm

    The iPad 3. It’s the device I love more and more each day.

  • Linda September 5, 2012, 4:23 pm

    My most favorite item is my Sony Reader PRS-T1. I love it!!!

  • Richard September 5, 2012, 6:42 pm

    My fav gadget is my iPhone. Does everything but make toast.
    iPad would be a second, but not even close.
    Congrats & thanks for your great reviews.