What was the last gad­get to change your life?

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Not just give you a cou­ple hours ex­tra bat­tery life, lighten your mes­sen­ger bag’s load or make or­der­ing a late-night shawarma eas­ier, but ac­tu­ally do some­thing to­tally new?

For me it was a cou­ple of years ago when I got hold of a ro­bot vac­uum cleaner. Since the now lov­ingly named Si­mon ar­rived at home, I’ve out­sourced all my hoover­ing and suf­fered in­fin­itely fewer ar­gu­ments over skip­ping out on my clean­ing du­ties. In hind­sight, there’s lit­er­ally no amount of money I wouldn’t have paid for Si con­sid­er­ing all the trou­ble it has saved me over the years.

Since ro­bot vacs only count as house­hold es­sen­tials for messy folk, the most likely gad­get to have trans­formed your ex­is­tence is prob­a­bly sit­ting in your pocket - or at least it will have at some point over the last five years or so. Ku­dos to you if you’ve man­aged to stick with a first-gen smart­phone for that long.

That’s why, as well as pit­ting the best new phones of 2018 to­gether this is­sue, we’re also tak­ing a look back at the hand­sets that paved their way: the Mo­torola Razrs, Nokia 8110s and Black­berry Bolds of this world that’ll never be seen again but still hold a nos­tal­gic grip over our heart­strings. Un­til some­one in­vents a ro­bot that will clean my bath­room, noth­ing will ever top that. En­joy the mag.

Mike Priest, Edi­tor / mike@mo­ti­vate.ae / @MikePri­est

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