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.

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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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  • Peter Kohn August 31, 2012, 2:11 pm

    My favorite gadget is my Samsung Galaxy Note smart phone.

  • Ryan August 31, 2012, 2:23 pm

    My Favorite review would have to be the Benchmade 1100 series Pen. It pushed me over the fence to actually purchasing the pen!!

    BTW, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 15 years! thats awesome!

  • doseas August 31, 2012, 2:44 pm

    My favorite gadget is the Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 — I still use mine every day & it’s 10 years old!

  • Dave August 31, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Cell phone, thanks

  • StevenWatkins August 31, 2012, 4:09 pm

    It’s so hard to choose. I’ve been reading the-gadgeteer since 1998 when your review helped me purchase my first Palm Pilot.

    I’d have to say that the single gadget that has impacted my life the most is the iPhone (or any smartphone). I’d be lost (literally and figuratively) without it.

  • dave August 31, 2012, 4:47 pm

    Probably my original Palm III that was kinda the start of my handheld gadget life

  • Lewy August 31, 2012, 5:03 pm

    Samsung 7inch tablet. Portable, boots quickly, games, videos, music, GPS, browser. Keeps me entertained.

  • Dimitris August 31, 2012, 6:30 pm

    Happy 15th birthday!

    My favorite gadget by far is the old PalmOne m505!!! I loved that thing… I still recharge it and turn it on once in a while!

  • TonyW August 31, 2012, 7:37 pm

    My favorite gadget of the past 15 years has been the ipod touch. It is the only gadget besides whatever cellphone I own that gets daily use.

  • Terri August 31, 2012, 9:13 pm

    I love gadgets of all kinds, always have. I just haven’t been able to afford
    to buy any but I try to keep current just in case. Well, last year I just about emptied my bank account and upgraded my 35mm film camera for a Canon Rebel T3i, I love it! This year I got my first smart phone, a Samsung Galaxy. I think they both qualify as my favorite! Because of the navigation app I can go anywhere now and never get lost and get great shots in the process.
    That should keep me busy for awhile while I build my bank account back up.
    Happy 15th, keep up the great work!

  • Willis Breen August 31, 2012, 9:26 pm

    My favorite gadget is the iPad.

  • Matthew August 31, 2012, 10:20 pm

    My favorite gadget over the past 15 years has to be the IPhone.

    I’ve had one since the IPhone 3G, then 4, and now 5 when it comes out in September 😉

  • Greg L August 31, 2012, 10:22 pm

    Being a guy I love gadgets of all sorts. If I have to choose one I would have to choose the iPod. SO much easier than hauling around the old Walkmans or Discmans plus the ability to customize play lists to fit what mood you may be in at the time. And for someone like me with eclectic musical tastes, that is an important factor.

  • Bob DeLoyd August 31, 2012, 11:26 pm

    My favorite has to be the iPod Touch 3G 🙂

    HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY you wonderful Geeks (I seem to be one too)

  • Branson September 1, 2012, 1:08 am

    The best gadget has been my Zune (i know, i know). It was great because all the abuse it had taken at the gym and on the road. After 3.5 years, it broke due to the connector.

  • Abigail Ong September 1, 2012, 1:39 am

    I pod touch, small and compact

  • Amity Ong September 1, 2012, 1:49 am

    My favorite gadget is the Apple iPod Touch. It kept me connected with my friends and family thru Facetime! I love that it is so compact yet so powerful. What’s more, it’s a birthday gift from my then-boyfriend, now-hubby!

  • Benjamin September 1, 2012, 2:20 am

    Gratz on 15 years! I love the variety of gadgets you review. I hope that I won’t be disqualified because I can’t pick just one.

  • Vynz Cadelina September 1, 2012, 6:49 am

    I have an apple mbp, an iPhone and ipod shuffle, i’ve tried PSP & gameboy plus a bunch of mobile phones but the best gadget for me was the handheld brick game.

  • Terrence Joseph G. Dizon September 1, 2012, 7:52 am

    My favorite gadget is the one I used way back when I am 10 years old. It is the TiVo VDR. I can’t forget that cool gadget experience. (=

  • Dwayne Wilson September 1, 2012, 1:30 pm

    my favorite gadgets would be any of the waterfield products you’ve so well reviewed over the years.

  • Bob Rabinoff September 1, 2012, 2:13 pm

    My favorite gadget has to be my most recent — my Samsung Galaxy S3. I only hope the Apple legal police do not seize it from my night table in the middle of the night!

  • Elizabeth September 1, 2012, 2:19 pm

    My favorite gadget has to be smartphones in general. They make life so much easier and I constantly depend on mine every day. Congratulations on 15 years!

  • Arvind September 1, 2012, 4:14 pm

    I love gadgets. Even the ones I end up using not much.
    My current favorite – Kindle (Touch and Fire depending on what I am doing).

  • Tully September 1, 2012, 7:15 pm

    My favorite gadget from the last 15 years would have to be my iPhone 4S.

  • SteveHC September 1, 2012, 9:32 pm

    Over the past 15 years my favorite gadget has hands-down and without question been my “Pismo” PowerBook… which I am still using daily!

    Congratulations Julie on having done such a GREAT job with The Gadgeteer over the past 15 years!

  • Painful September 1, 2012, 9:46 pm

    My favorite gadget…don’t have one due to poverty… I’m lucky if I can get my hands on anything…poverty sucks man…

    Tnx from Ol Painful…

  • Peter James Escobar September 1, 2012, 10:09 pm

    My favorite gadget is mp3 player

  • Lmyx September 1, 2012, 11:20 pm

    my favorite gadget is our digital camera 😀

  • Conan September 1, 2012, 11:48 pm

    My favorite gadget is my close to 2 years old Epic 4G. Great phone. Longest that I’ve kept a phone, I believe.

  • Michael Jerome Sanchez September 1, 2012, 11:54 pm

    My favorite gadget in the past 15 years has to be my iPhone4S. I can do some of my work there(email), play on it(games), and capture moments(camera/instagram).

  • dbng September 2, 2012, 12:29 am

    Has to be my iPod 5th gen. Kept me sane across 3 years of heavy long haul travel.

    Happy Birthday!

  • oka September 2, 2012, 3:19 am

    My favorite gadget? Paper. No charging, no water damage (well, a little), and it’s cheap. Second favorite? TV.

  • Toleman September 2, 2012, 3:25 am

    My favorite gadget is my smartphone, now i’ve an iphone 4s and is the best. Congrats and continue so many years

  • golbs September 2, 2012, 5:50 am

    My favorite gadget is MacBook.

  • Paul Y September 2, 2012, 7:00 am

    My very prosaic favourite gadget: Bic A1 mechanical pencil.

  • catherine September 2, 2012, 1:27 pm

    happy birthday! my fave gadget for the past 15 years is our tv. it’s much older than me but it still works and by connecting it to a dvd player, my son is able to watch educational dvds clearly. cross fingers 😉

  • Mark Troy September 2, 2012, 3:43 pm

    Happy Birthday Gadgeteer- I wrote a gadget review for you almost ten years ago. Great to see the site still going.
    My favorite gadget is my Samsung Galaxy S2.

    Thanks for the great articles.

  • angelica nery September 2, 2012, 10:48 pm

    my favorite gadget is ipad. 🙂

  • john graham September 3, 2012, 12:28 am

    Congratulations Julie, on 15 great years! I have been an avid follower since the early days of your postings. My favorite gadget has to be my first palm pilot. You have been an invaluable resource to all of us gadget geeks and I hope you keep this up for another 15. You are the best tech reviewer on the web – thanks for all you do.

  • Ben September 3, 2012, 12:39 am

    My favorite is my Palm TX.

  • ChristopherH September 3, 2012, 12:50 am

    My favorite gadget was my Compaq iPaq, the one that started it all for me.

  • yujinc September 3, 2012, 1:37 am

    It’s gotta be the sony clie PEG-T615C review waaay back in 2002. Bought it after reading that. Loved the old squeeze test comparison.

  • ShempLabs September 3, 2012, 1:43 am

    I have to say that my 2 favorite gadgets of the last 15 years were my Sidekick 2 (that QWERTY keyboard was handy) and my 1st gen iPod Nano. The Nano is still going strong and gets filled with new podcasts every week.

  • Bretters September 3, 2012, 8:52 am

    HTC Desire HD

  • Janine September 3, 2012, 9:39 am

    My fav gadget is the Striiv pedometer! Happy B-day! 15 years? DEF something to celebrate!

  • onjo September 3, 2012, 9:41 am

    my favorite gadget is my psp. my best friend when i’m alone. huhuhu

  • Carla Owens September 3, 2012, 9:50 am

    Congratulations on your 15th anniversary! My favorite gadget would be my MacBook Pro. It was a lifechanger.

  • Rui Carvalho September 3, 2012, 11:01 am

    Congratulations on your 15th anniversary! My favorite gadget is my digital camera. I bought the first one in 2003 and became addicted to digital photography.

  • James September 3, 2012, 11:43 am

    My all time favorite gadget has to be the PlayStation portable. First with the PSP-1000, then the PSP GO, and now the PS Vita.

  • D Chapin September 3, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Simple, but it makes my life so much easier as I’m always trying to use a laptop in some waiting room, airport, frontroom, without access to a desk or table or other surface is the N315 worksurface from Logitech. Now if they would just add USB powered fans!

  • Roger September 3, 2012, 1:20 pm

    My favorite Gadget would be by Macbook Pro.

  • Mina September 3, 2012, 5:37 pm

    I’m new to this site but I would choose the Satechi 4 Port USB Strip; it’s cute, with 4 ports and cost less than $10!

  • Shane H. September 3, 2012, 6:48 pm

    My favorite gadget has got to be my iPad. Insane versatility of various apps plus internet access. Hard to beat it.

  • YF September 3, 2012, 7:35 pm

    iPad definitely!

  • Dwight September 3, 2012, 7:49 pm

    My favorite gadget was the Palm TX. It was the culmination of the Palm PDA.

  • Gary September 3, 2012, 11:27 pm

    my iPod nano! It is so small and convenient, I bring it everywhere with me.

  • Jaz September 4, 2012, 12:47 am

    It’s very difficult to pin point a single gadget in which gadgeteer has provided a review on that I would consider my favorite. However, one of my very favorites was the tiny iZon Remote Room Monitor from Stem Innovation.

    Happy 15th BDay, wishing you many more. Thanks for the reviews!

  • James M September 4, 2012, 8:02 am

    Easily my leatherman wave and my iPhone.

  • Scott B September 4, 2012, 8:18 am

    My favorite gadget of the last 15 years has to be the Palm IIIc. I used this daily for over 10 years (!!), until it died a year ago and was replaced with an iPod Touch.

  • 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.