It may seem strange to get nostalgic over technology and gadgets that were released years, if not decades, ago. But there’s something about the retro design that ticks all the boxes. Unfortunately, devices from bygone years are outdated, overtaken by modern technology with many more features. Thankfully, there are some manufacturers who appreciate retro style and combine this with modern must-have features. Here we take a look at a handful of classically designed gadgets that are packed with functionality.
You won’t get much more retro than this. The Revival iStream radio has a distinctive 1950s charm, but backs it up with advanced Wi-Fi internet radio features. You should be able to find something to listen to, whether you’re in the mood for the latest chart music or classic rock, as Wi-Fi internet radio enables you to access to thousands of radio stations from around the world. If you need a taste of home while you’re away, you can listen to your favourite stations provided you have an internet connection. And, if you feel like taking the role of the DJ, you can stream your own music collection from your laptop.
It seems like photos have become less precious. You take hundreds of photos on a night out or on holidays and hope that you have a few good ones. Then they go up on Facebook or saved to your hard drive and are forgotten about. The Hello Kitty Instax mini Instant Camera can share photos or print them immediately. Not only do you get the satisfaction of flapping a physical photo, but you can keep treasured memories safe in a photo album, which is always nice to flick through. The camera features a Hello Kitty theme and comes with a range of limited edition Hello Kitty accessories.
LPs are making a comeback and what better way to celebrate than by listening to your favourite record on a turntable that’s reminiscent of the legendary 1965 Philips AG4131. While you’re digging out your old record collection, or purchasing some new ones, you can also use the Philips Sound System to play MP3-CD, CD and CD-R/RW, and MP3. While many of us simply had to shell out for our favourite albums when records were replaced by tapes, you can future proof your collection this time around as the sound system supports USB ripping for MP3 recording.
Modern smartphones aren’t for everyone. Sometimes you just want a phone to be a phone rather than eight different gadgets rolled into one. The Doro PhoneEasy keeps it simple with a stylish and durable clamshell body. It can be tailored for each user’s needs. The text size can be adjusted, it has extra loud and clear sound, and it is compatible with hearing aids. The Doro PhoneEasy 612 is available from Carphone Warehouse, which is now in all Harvey Norman stores.
In Short: Let’s take a look at some modern gadgets packed with features that pay tribute to distinctive and classic style and design.