A look back – 10, 5 and 1 year ago today on The Gadgeteer

hourglassI’m not sure why it is, but I’m feeling a little bit nostalgic today, so I decided to take a look back in time to see what reviews were posted here on The Gadgeteer 10 years ago, 5 years ago and 1 year ago on this date.

otterbox10 years ago (1999)

PDA-Pak Review

I believe that this was the first OtterBox case review that we ever posted on The Gadgeteer. For those of you who are not familiar with OtterBox, they make ruggedized and waterproof cases for all sorts of equipment and devices. It’s good to see that they are still going strong even after 10 years. As a matter of fact, some of the team is working on some new OtterBox case reviews that we will be posting here in the near future.

5 years ago (2004)

Vaja iVod Remixed 4G iPod Case Review

Vaja is another company that is still pumping out accessories for our favorite devices. It’s funny to look back at the iPod. I remember always wanting to carry my entire music library with me where ever I went. This days, I don’t carry my iPod Classic with me anymore. I just put a collect of albums on my iPhone or which ever audio device that I happen to be reviewing at the time. Quantity is no longer as important as minimalism to me.

1 year ago (2008)

Palm Treo Pro Smartphone Review

This review surprises me more than the other two, because it seems like it has been longer than a year since the Treo Pro was released. I remember really wanting to love this phone, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen for me. After reviewing the Pro, I pretty much let go of all hope that Palm would ever turn things around.

The Palm Pre was nice, but I don’t think it will have the power to save the company either.

Are any of you currently using an OtterBox case, Vaja case for your iPod and the Palm Treo Pro?

12 comments… add one
  • Mark October 25, 2009, 4:59 pm

    Amazing how far we’ve come since the Palm Pilot. Every smartphone out there now has its roots in that simple yet versatile PDA.

  • Uli October 25, 2009, 5:56 pm

    … yeah … good old Palm Pilot … why didn’t the successors imitate it’s battery life? Three weeks plus on a pair of AAA, daily use and games included … sometimes I wish we’d still be there.

    • Julie October 25, 2009, 9:14 pm

      @Uli I feel the same way…

  • Mark Adkins October 25, 2009, 10:14 pm

    Palm has a history of really cool elements that they let slide for some reason in later versions.

    User changeable standard batteries? Gone. Graffiti input? Big screens with virtual buttons? Simple, cheap apps? Notepad?

  • turn.self.off October 25, 2009, 11:02 pm

    maybe i am a bit to much geek, but i would love to see a PDA device today.

    if i want to make calls, i have a cheap phone that i can bring anywhere…

  • Mark October 26, 2009, 4:35 am

    I’m still combing Ebay to try to find a Psion Series 5mx for a reasonable price. Tells you all you need to know about how we’ve gone backwards on such things as basic functionality and usable battery life.

  • thenikjones October 26, 2009, 7:37 am


    Funny you say that, I recently bought a Psion 3mx for that very reason – I got a 3a back in 1995 and, really, devices have gone downhill since then in terms of the on-board PIM software.

  • jake October 26, 2009, 12:20 pm

    My 5MX died Last Year. *sigh*. I miss the little old workhorse

  • TonyBostony October 26, 2009, 5:38 pm

    Joooooooolieeeeeeee… this should be a regular WIDGET on the site… for sure. As one of the longest running review sites on the web, seriously, it deserves it 🙂 So cool !

    • Julie October 26, 2009, 5:55 pm

      @TonyBostony That’s a really good idea! 🙂

  • Aaron October 27, 2009, 12:42 am

    I love retro gadgets, and to have a widget Titled “On this day …”
    would be great! Looking forward for the widget.

  • Debbie McCormick November 6, 2009, 10:40 pm

    Now I feel like an old geek. I remember those reviews. Ouch.

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