Back to the Future: Turn Your Smartphone Into an '80s Gadget

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Bananarama, jelly bracelets, drawstring pants, Rubik's Cube, "Manimal." Some people remember the 1980s for its ear-shaking pop music, over-the-top styles and ridiculous TV shows. But the '80s was also the first gadget decade of the PC, portable electronics like the Walkman and handheld consoles like Gameboy.

Today, most of the top '80s gadgets have joined leg warmers and parachute pants in history's dustbin (aka eBay ). A recent article on Trendingbuffalo .com shows how nearly every product in a 1991 Radio Shack ad is now just one small feature of a smartphone. Fortunately, if you still want to party like it's 1989, you can turn your phone into an Atari, a Polaroid or any of these nine great '80s gadgets (we could have written one less but eight is not enough). Here's how.

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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