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Humble alarm clock tops list of most enduring gadgets

ANI  London, November 08, 2012
First Published: 18:01 IST(8/11/2012) | Last Updated: 18:02 IST(8/11/2012)

The bedside digital alarm clock is the gadget we are most likely to hang on to for the longest, researchers say.

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With its brightly glowing numbers and basic push-button functions, it is hardly the most high-tech gadget in our homes, but it is the one we are most reluctant to part with.

The top ten longest-lasting gadgets still in use also includes toasted sandwich makers, calculators and electric carving knives.

Even in this digital age, there are still millions of homes that have kept and still regularly use their old video cassette recorders and record players.

According to a poll for the Gadget Show Live Christmas event, although many people are reluctant to part with their old devices, they are not the most loved gizmos we own.

Smartphones and broadband were named as the things that modern people from Britain say they cannot live without.

Gadget Show Live Christmas, which takes place in London from November 30 to December 2, surveyed 1,000 consumers about their favourite technology.

Asked about the gadgets that had been in their home the longest, the digital alarm clock, toasted sandwich makers and pocket calculators came out on top.

They were followed by the original Nintendo Game Boy, electric carving knives, pop-up toasters and bread makers.

And in a nod to times gone by, the list is completed by the digital watch, VCR and record player.

Asked about the gadgets they can?t live without, the smartphone and broadband is followed by the colour television, laptop, tablet computer and games console.

Apple won the accolade for the favourite gadget of all time with its iPhone 5, followed by the iPad in second place. The iPod was in fifth place behind the TV and personal computer.

?Too often we think of ?gadgets? as being faddish and temporary, yet this list proves that the very best gadgets stand the test of time,? the Daily Mail quoted Gadget Show presenter Pollyanna Woodward as saying.

?It will be interesting to see how many of today?s essential must- have gadgets will be with us in 20 or 30 years time,? Woodward added.

The top ten older gadgets still in use are:

Digital alarm clock                                         
Breville toasted sandwich maker
Pocket calculator                                           
Game Boy          
Electric carving knife       
Toaster
Breadmaker                                                      
Digital watch
VCR                                                                   
Record player

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