Which gadget came first?

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The first Polaroid camera or the first Kodak Instamatic?

The first Polaroid --the Model 95 -- came out in 1948. Kodak debuted the Instamatic (the first camera with film cartridges) in 1963.

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The first handheld calculator or the first digital watch?

The first battery-powered handheld calculator was the Sharp QT-8B, introduced in 1969. Three years later, Hamilton unveiled the Pulsar -- the first digital watch.

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The Sony Walkman or the Atari 2600?

The Atari 2600, which came out in 1977, has two years on the Walkman.

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Sirius or XM Radio?

Sirius and XM merged in 2008, but Sirius was formed two years earlier than XM, in 1990.

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Macintosh iBook or Sony VAIO?

The VAIO entered the lightweight-laptop market in 1996, about three years before the colorful iBook.

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PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo GameCube?

The PS2 edged out its competitors by about a year. PS2 debuted on Oct. 26, 2000, and Xbox and GameCube came along in late 2001.

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Nintendo Wii or PlayStation 3?

PlayStation 3 came out eight days before the Wii, on Nov. 11, 2006.

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Blu-Ray or HD-DVD players?

HD-DVD players beat Blu-Ray to the market in 2006, but Blu-Ray has officially come out on top in the high-def disc wars.

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Sony Reader or Amazon Kindle?

The Kindle has gotten the most media attention (and sales) since its debut in 2007, but the Reader came out a year earlier.

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Palm Pre or iPhone?

The Palm Pre, which came out in mid-2009, has been the most successful alternative to the iPhone, which came out in 2007.

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Blackberry 6210 or Motorola Razr V3?

The 6210, which included addictive features like integrated phone, Web browsing and e-mail came out in 2003. The V3 turned the mobile phone into a fashion accessory in 2004.

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DiskOnKey flash drive or Iomega Zip drive?

The 100-megabyte Zip storage device came out in 1995; the DiskOnKey was introduced in 2000 offered 8 megabytes on a key ring.

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Fuzzbuster or Breathalyzer?

The first portable Breathalyzers began to trip up tipsy drivers in 1954; the Fuzzbuster radar detector didn't come along until 1973.

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RioPMP 300 MP3 player or Apple iPod?

The Rio, which held 10 songs, was on the market in 1998. The iPod put "1,000 songs in your pocket" in 2001.

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IBM Simon Personal Communicator or StarTAC clamshell cell phone?

The Simon, the first smart phone, debuted in 1993. The StarTAC, with its Star Trek appeal, hit the market in 1996.

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Bluetooth headset or Bose noise cancellation headphones?

The geeky headset didn't appear until 2000. Bose's noise cancellation was available back in 1986.

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DVD player or TiVO?

The first DVD players hit the market in 1996 and sold for a whopping $1,000 and up. TIVO began to record television shows in 1999.

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Wireless television remote or Regency TR-1 transistor radio?

The Regency portable came in four colors when it appeared in 1954. Couch potatoes didn't get their wireless remote until 1955.

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Sony Betacam or Victor HR-3300 VHS video recorder?

In the great video format war, VHS, developed by Victor Company of Japan (JVC) hit the market in 1976, beating Sony by six years.

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The floppy disk or the power strip?

IBM introduced the floppy in 1971. The power strip came out a year later. But the power strip is still around.

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You buy a fancy phone today, and a cooler one will come out tomorrow and make yours obsolete. Can you remember which of these iconic products appeared on the market first?

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