Guess the Device: Almost Two Decades Later, and It’s Still One of the Best

by Brandon Russell | March 15, 2014

Was this the so-called Golden Age of technology? Or was it the previous generation? Or after? I remember when this was released, being 11-years-old, and literally bawling my eyes out because I couldn’t get one. I later did during Christmas, but upon its initial launch, I became crazed I wanted it so bad. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen—I couldn’t believe something like that could exist. It went on to become one of the most beloved pieces of technology ever, and demonstrated this company’s ability to create groundbreaking products. (It still does, people just don’t give the company enough credit.)

Even today, 18 years after this gadget’s release, I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one that still uses it. We actually got one for the office off of eBay, even though we already have the latest and greatest. And can you blame us? No, you can’t. Some of the titles that came out for this are still talked about today—a few of them in particular are widely considered the best of the best. Ah, the good old days. Now we’re into a new generation, but it’s still fun to look back and see how things have changed. Wow, that was a long time ago.

I know you guys will guess this—you always do. But I’m glad, because this helped pave the way for a lot of what we know today. Where would the current landscape be without it? I feel sad for people who didn’t grow up playing this, because it really is one of the best—easily top three. Probably bested by this company’s previous effort, which is almost as old as I am. For those of you who experienced this piece of technology, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I really do.

Last week’s Guess the Phone was the Samsung Continuum.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...