Are you waiting for the full virtual reality experience? Upset you can’t drive a flying car yet? Still want a hoverboard that actually hovers?
There’s still plenty of potential when it comes to technology. However, it’s important to appreciate the tech that’s available to us today — and a lot has changed in the last decade! The hottest tech of 2006 have now become obsolete, perhaps even considered ancient artifacts. Let’s take a look back at the best-selling gadgets of 2006 and see how far we’ve come.
T-Mobile Sidekick 3 vs. iPhone 7
Think back to when a smartphone wasn’t an essential, back when cell phones didn’t have as many features. In fact, its flashiest feature was how it flipped open; the best-selling phone of 2006 was the T-Mobile Sidekick 3. T-Mobile’s signature product gained popularity with its smooth and seemingly futuristic keyboard reveal. With the click of a button, the screen would rotate upwards and reveal a keyboard. The Sidekick 3 also had a groundbreaking, touch-sensitive navigation pad.
Now, ten years later, the buzz is focused on the new iPhone 7. The days of keyboards, flipping screens, and analog navigation are over. The iPhone 7 comes with a dual-lens camera, a waterproof housing, and the fastest speeds ever benchmarked on a mobile phone. T-Mobile Sidekick users in 2006 would be blown away by the iPhone features we’ve grown accustomed to, like the touch screen and rather painless Internet access.
Sanyo VPC-CA6 Camera vs. Panasonic HC-VX870EB-K
Have you recently watched a YouTube video from 2006? It’s nearly impossible to make anything out when you can see every single pixel. Video cameras have changed a lot in the past 10 years. The quality and number of pixels have contributed heavily to the progressive improvement of video cameras.
In 2006, the Sanyo VPC-CA6 camcorder was a popular choice. It was small, waterproof, and great for filming on-the-go. The CA6 shot standard MPEG-4 videos with a 5x optical zoom and 640 x 480 resolution. The camcorder had different shooting modes that changed the orientation based on the device you were filming for. The battery lasted approximately 80 minutes.
Today, you can buy a Panasonic HC-VX870EB-K camcorder for around the same price. Panasonic’s latest camera shoots at 4K resolution, which means the quality is state-of-the-art. The optical zoom while shooting at 4K is 25x, and the camera connects to Wi-Fi, so you can upload clips to the computer right away. The battery lasts for 90 to 120 minutes, depending on which mode you’re shooting on. Ten years has made a huge difference in video cameras when it comes to video quality, wireless capabilities, and battery life.
MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Pro
One thing that hasn’t changed much in the last ten years is Apple’s position as a tech powerhouse. Chances are very high that you’re reading this on an Apple product right now. In fact, you might be reading this on a MacBook Pro. Here’s how your laptop has evolved in the last decade.
One of the earliest versions of the MacBook Pro was released in 2006. The clunky hardware seemed paper-thin back in 2006. The most memorable contribution the first MacBook Pro made was the introduction of the MagSafe Power Adapter, a magnetic charger that unplugs itself if you trip on it (which is a frequent occurrence for some of us).
The 2016 MacBook Pro is much thinner, runs a lot faster, and has an advertised “all-day” battery life. The modern MacBook Pro is like the 2006 MacBook Pro on steroids, and then some. The 2016 model may also introduce a Touch ID power button, which uses the same technology as the new iPhone’s home button.
In 2006, the MacBook Pro was a huge step forward in the tech world. Ten years later, Apple has made sure their flagship product stays relevant.
2006 Toyota Camry vs. 2016 Toyota Camry
Remember working at the mall every day after high school so you could save up for your first car? Well, those days are over. The average cost of a used car has increased by $10,800 since 2006.
The features cars possess have changed a lot in the past decade, as well. Let’s take a look at one of 2006’s most popular cars: the Toyota Camry.
The 2006 Camry came with all the standard features: AM/FM stereo, cassette player, front seat heaters, power locks, power windows, and much more. In 2006, it seemed like we were one step away from owning spaceships.
What does the 2016 Toyota Camry have to offer? A touchscreen display, voice recognition, rearview camera, wireless phone connectivity, wireless charging, 10 airbags and much more. We’re now not only able to talk to our phones through the car’s Bluetooth system, but we can also change the music, set reminders, and send text messages – all through voice commands. The car industry has adjusted appropriately to changes in the tech industry: Sitting in your car all day is now a luxury.
Nintendo Wii vs. HTC Vive
The last decade has brought many improvements for gamers, not just in the games themselves. Gamers can now pursue their passion as a bona-fide profession.
The hot gaming console of 2006 was the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo, which had been losing customers to Sony and Microsoft, released an innovative new console that picked up hand movements. The sensor on the controller allowed gamers the ability to get off the couch and physically interact with the game they were playing. There were many problems with the Nintendo Wii, including controller syncing and limited movements the console could register.
Fast-forward ten years to the release of the HTC Vive. This virtual reality headset fully immerses users into a fictional world and allows users to walk around and manipulate their surroundings using handheld controllers. Virtual reality is finally hitting its stride and improving upon the Nintendo Wii’s initial attempt.
The Next 10 Years
Looking back at 2006 makes you appreciate the technology available in 2016. It’s exciting to see the new advancements being made this very moment that might just lead to a groundbreaking discovery by 2026. See you then!
About Guest Blogger Lexie Lu
Lexie Lu is a freelance designer and blogger. She enjoys researching the latest trends and always has a cup of coffee in close proximity. She manages Design Roast and can be found on Twitter @lexieludesigner.