Cassettes and 3 More 90s Tech Favorites Making a ComebackLifestyle The List
The trends we loved in the 80s and 90s are making a comeback. They're even making star appearances in Vogue! So fire up that Tamagotchi, untangle those cassettes, and charge that banana phone – because we've got the full scoop on vintage tech comebacks! We spoke with technology expert Ken Colburn about our top three favorites.
1. The Nokia 8110 Banana Phone
Made famous by Keanu Reeves' character in 1999's "The Matrix," the Nokia 8110 "banana phone" is back as a retro classic. Just like the 90s version, this banana phone will come with a 2.4-inch screen and a two-megapixel camera. Colburn says it's a great first device for younger kids. It's very limited in what it can do, but very effective from a communications standpoint. You can get your hands on it in May for just under $100.
2. The Tamagotchi
The 90s era introduced us to digital pets like the Tamagotchi. A 20th anniversary version has been released with a price tag of $14.99. It's smaller than the original and has fewer buttons, which are meant to appeal to kids today. These small changes make it easier to take care of your virtual pet. The "new" Tamagotchi is available now for preorder, and will be officially released on November 5th. But if $15 is too much for a digital pet, you're in luck. There is also a free Tamagotchi app for both iPhone and Android.
3. Cassette Tapes
Both big name artists and TV shows alike are propelling the cassette back into popularity. The hit film Guardians of the Galaxy leads the music format revival, with Chris Pratt jamming to his "Awesome Mix" in one of the scenes. According to Nielsen Music, sales for cassette tapes went up 35 percent from 2016 to 2017. The TV show Stranger Things also released a version of its soundtrack in a cassette format, which sold 3,000 copies last year.
4. The New "Bop It"
The Bop It is back with some suped up features! Watch our bonus video below to peep this toy's new face lift.
So, there you go, a little round of nostalgia to remind you that the good old days are coming back. And who knows? They might be here to stay!
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