What’s old is new in the world of gadgets, with retro devices getting a 21st-century upgrade. Grace Barrington heads back to the future.
The all-new Polaroid camera isn’t as new as people think. The camera was a massive hit in 1948 when it was first sold. It’s easy to take pictures with the FujiFilm Instax Mini 8, which “prints” out your pictures almost instantly, giving you real-time memories to plaster all over your room. At www.amazon.co.uk from RO32.2.
Apple’s original iPod is a retro collector’s delight. Its solid body offers a firm grip and is one of a line of portable media players and multi-purpose pocket computers designed and marketed by Apple. At eBay.com, prices vary.
Game Boys that were very popular back in the day have burst back into the shops thanks to the likes of Nintendo. The Wii U is the first Nintendo release to support HD graphics that feature a touchscreen, analog sticks and action buttons. At www.amazon.co.uk from RO134.
This iRetrofone Rotary iPhone Dock is a massive blast from the past but don’t be fooled by the vintage look. Designed to charge iPhones, as well as enabling you to chat with friends – yes, the handset actually works – and play music, you’ll be transported back to the early 1980s in no time. At www.amazon.com from RO13.
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Retro arcade gaming fans will have no problem remembering this classic Frogger game, in which you are jumping past cars and trucks, and catching a ride on logs just to get to the other side and level up. To celebrate Frogger’s 30th birthday, this popular video game is back in an updated sequel that loses none of the fun of the original while also connecting you with your friends on Facebook. Free on iTunes.
Hands up those of you who remember the old-fashioned TV set, in which you’d have to get up from the sofa to change channels or adjust the sound? Fans of the old-fashioned TV will be happy to hear that they can still get that unique retro look but with all the 21st-century features needed in our hi-tech world. The 42-inch LG Classic TV is a work of art that offers the usual slim design but is kitted out with a rotary-type channel changer, power on/off button and volume control. It features a 1920 x 1080 resolution, as well as a USB and external hard-drive ports. Better still, it can connect to smartphones via the mobile high-definition link. The only problem? Who’s going to change the channel? At www.amazon.com from RO345.7.
This clever classy record player from Crosley can play retro vinyl but has a modern twist – just plug your phone into the headphone jack and enjoy your own music. It’s easy to carry, looks cool and also has three speed controls: 33, 45 and 78 rpm. Made of wood and bound in a leatherette material, the record player is lightweight and portable. At www.amazon.co.uk from RO40.