While smartphones, tablets and flatscreen TVs are the scene stealers of today, research has shown it’s the low-tech gadgets that are more likely to become a firm fixture in the average modern home.

The survey commissioned by Gadget Show Live Christmas, which takes place in London from 30 November to 2 December, has found gadgets like the humble digital alarm clock, pocket calculator and electric carving knife are among the gizmos – old and new – that the UK public still cherishes and uses daily.

The list also celebrates 80s gadget classics the Nintendo Game Boy and Sony Walkman, as well as every student’s favourite: the Breville toasted sandwich maker. The top ten list of best loved retro gadgets is:  

1.      Digital alarm clock                            

2.      Breville toasted sandwich maker                  

3.      Pocket calculator                               

4.      Game Boy                                          

5.      Electric carving knife                         

6.      Toaster

7.      Bread maker                                      

8.      Digital watch                                      

9.      VCR                                                    

10.    Record player                                                

The survey also revealed our obsession and love for modern technology, which has turned us into a nation of self-proclaimed geeks, with the smartphone topping the list of gadgets we simply cannot live without.

1.      SmartPhone                           

2.      Broadband                             

3.      TV                                           

4.      Laptop                                                

5.      Tablet                                     

6.      Games console                       

7.      Digital TV player/recorder    

8.      MP3 player                            

9.      E-reader                                 

10.    DVD player                             

And as for the UK’s favourite gadgets of all time, the smartphone comes out top again with the iPhone 5 taking poll position

1.      iPhone 5                                 

2.      iPad                                        

3.      Television

4.      PC

5.      iPod                                        

6.      PlayStation 3

7.      Sky+    

8.      Broadband

9.      Xbox 360

10.  Digital camera

Pollyanna Woodward, presenter of Channel Five’s Gadget Show, commented: "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. It will be interesting to see how many of today’s essential must have gadgets will be with us in to 20 or 30 years time.”

Windows, Sony, LG, Sonos, YouView, HTC, TomTom, Canon, 20 th Century Fox, Nintendo, Xbox, PlayStation and Xbox are among the top tech companies exhibiting at Gadget Show Live Christmas.

For more information, to book tickets or to find out about exhibiting, visit

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Note to editors


The Gadget Show Live Christmas opening hours are 9:00am to 6:00pm each day.

There is no official press day at Gadget Show Live Christmas, but press passes are being allocated for entry on Friday 30  November. To register, please visit

Gadget Show Live Christmas ticket prices:

Please note, a booking fee of 95p per ticket for adults and kids over 5 and is charged on each entry ticket.

Event entry only


Adults - £11.00 (+ £0.95 booking fee)

Children aged 5 to 12 years - £6.00 (+ £0.95 booking fee)

Children under 5* – FREE

Saturday and Sunday

Adults - £12.95 (+ £0.95 booking fee)

Children aged 5 to 12 years - £6.00 (+ £0.95 booking fee)

Children under 5* – FREE

  • Babies and small children are welcome to join their parents free of charge, and sit on their knees/in their arms. Pushchairs and prams would need to be left outside the arena for any live performances.

Super Theatre

Standard - £8.00

Premium - £15.00

A limited number of VIP packages are also available each day, for £150 (plus £0.95 booking fee). This package includes: 

·         Private VIP Entrance

·         Complimentary Show Guide 

·         Front row seats at the Super Theatre 

·         A goody bag containing Gadget Show merchandise 

·         Meet two of the presenters in the VIP lounge

·         Complimentary cloakroom facilities

The Super Theatre live performances will take place at 11.00am, 1:30pm and 4.00pm

each day. Tickets are unlikely to be available to purchase on the door.

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For more information, please contact:

Charlotte Le Rougetel or Ravi Vijh at Bastion on or 020 7269 7900.


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