What was the last gadget to change your life?
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org / @MikePriest