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15 old school tech toys we miss

The iPod Classic is fading away, but not without much fanfare. People are bidding well into the hundreds to get their hands on a clickwheel. The original, the iPod Mini, and more have moved aside, replaced by touchscreen technology. Enjoy our trip down memory lane, as we look at various tech items we miss - and sometimes still must have.

Atari

If you're in your late 30s or early
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If you're in your late 30s or early to mid 40s, you had an Atari game console.

iPod Classic

The iPod revolutionized the music industry, but it's
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The iPod revolutionized the music industry, but it's going away. It remains beloved and will be sorely missed.

Pac-Man Mini Arcade

Coleco Industries released this miniature version of the
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Coleco Industries released this miniature version of the iconic Pac-Man arcade game in 1981. This one still works, but most have sadly disappeared.

Sony Discman

Once the walkman lost its popularity, along came
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Once the walkman lost its popularity, along came the Discman, a portable CD player. But don't hit a pothole, or the music will skip.

Portable cassette player / radio

The Sony Walkman was best known, but the
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The Sony Walkman was best known, but the cassette player device with a built-in AM/FM tuner was also made by other companies, including Panasonic, Awia and Toshiba. Kids, your parents didn't have iPods, even the really old version with the click wheel. They used these. Really.

Simple remote controls

Few buttons, lots of fun. Here's a Nintendo
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Few buttons, lots of fun. Here's a Nintendo NES controller. Of course, this version is meant to plug into your computer because it's not 1985 anymore.

A VCR

Remember when Blockbuster and other movie rental stores
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Remember when Blockbuster and other movie rental stores dumped their inventory of VHS tapes on the cheap as DVDs took control of the market? Everyone — just admit it — bought a few VHS tapes for pennies on the dollars. Without a VCR player, these tapes are now collecting dust.

QWERTY keyboard

Many cellphones had a QWERTY keyboard, and when
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Many cellphones had a QWERTY keyboard, and when you were trying to text quickly, the extra buttons helped.

Intellivision

The iconic game console was enormously popular during
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The iconic game console was enormously popular during early 1980s when it competed directly with Atari. Mattel released the console, which had popular games such as boxing where blue, red and yellow boxers would duke it out for 15 rounds.

Game Boy

The Game Boy launched in 1989, and while
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The Game Boy launched in 1989, and while it became more advanced over time, what beats the old-school system we are nostalgic for?

Calculator Watch

Remember when the calculator watch was all the
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Remember when the calculator watch was all the rage? Sure you do. Miss it? Sure you do. Good news! You can still find it. For instance, the Casio Databank Calculator Watch is on newegg.com for $15.99 as of Dec. 12, 2014.

Treo

Before there were fancy iPhones and Androids, the
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Before there were fancy iPhones and Androids, the cool kids had the Treo 300.

Car phone

Before cellphones, some people had massive car phones
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Before cellphones, some people had massive car phones in their automobile. Everyone misses those, right? No?

Flip phone

Flip phones are making a comeback — some
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Flip phones are making a comeback — some say — and also are a reminder of a better time when we weren't constantly interrupted by our smartphones. Here's a collection of flip phones used on the Verizon and AT&T networks.

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