We tasked the team with picking their most treasured piece of tech, past or present. Despite all the advancements in technology, without exception everyone picked something from their childhood or adolescence. It seems some designs simply endure and will always hold a special place in our memories, whatever shiny new toys the tech giants dream up. So sit back and get ready to feel seriously nostalgic....and for some of us, a little old!
Nick Fox, Head of Business Development at Nolii
"This was the OG of portable gaming. I remember it used to keep me entertained for hours, especially on long journeys to see family up north, or on a staycation holiday in the South West. It was incredible in its simplicity. I had an accessory attachment with the magnifying screen and light function, so I could play it all day long and just adored it. My parents moved out of our family home of 30 years back in 2019 and they found my original Game Boy in the loft. I changed out the batteries and sat playing Tetris for a good hour after that - it just took me straight back to my childhood."
Antonia Williams, Head of Marketing at Nolii
"My purple, circular Sony Discman was my pride and joy. Before Apple's iPod turned the music world on its axis, this was the cutting edge. It was compact, slick and shiny. Its “G-Protection” definitely didn’t work and I was plagued by scratched CDs, but this piece of kit provided the soundtrack to a year spent backpacking at 18. With my discman and my CD filofax, I could do anything and go anywhere. Yes, streaming services and technology have made listening to music more accessible than ever, but for me, nothing will ever beat putting on a CD and listening to my favourite album from start to finish for the 100-millionth time - scratches and all."
Sindy Monaheng, Store Manager at Nolii Boxpark
"As a child, when waiting for my mother to arrive home from work I would often stay with some friends until she came to pick me up. The usual after school routine would be: get in, coats and shoes off, have a sandwich and squash, and then the highlight of the evening - EVERYONE run to the GameCube. Hours of endless fun (well maybe about 3, but it seemed like a lifetime at times!) I’d have to say that the most memorable game was Mario Smash Party 4; I stand undefeated! I know technology has come a long way and there are many more consoles that have far better graphics and play modes, but you can’t beat a classic… which is why I still use my own GameCube to this day!"
Asad Hamir, Founder of Nolii
"I’m showing my age here, but my first taste of tech was our ZX Spectrum and it’s also the piece of tech that got me into gaming (and I'm sure many others). There were some absolute classics on it - R-Type, Manic Miner, Elite to name a couple, and it’s mind boggling to think that entire games could be played on just 16kb. I still recall the process of loading a game - you would insert the cassette, rewind it and press play & it would take anything up to 20 minutes to load it and game freezes/glitches were just part of the gaming experience. If the game froze or wouldn't load, it would probably be due to the film on the cassette having twisted or got dirty somewhere, so you would need to unwind it and then carefully wind it back up, holding your breath after to see if your game would make it pass that last freeze point. The design of the product now looking back was just timeless. I still recall the beautiful mechanical feeling of the keys and the transparent cover to the cassette area which allowed you to see the film of the cassette spin round and round - magical but also functional - allowing you to see if the film had jammed and even its ahead of its time use of typography - the Sinclair logo, just iconic. My son’s a real gamer so I may just go out and buy one to show him how gaming was in our day!"
Ellie Traxler, Marketing Executive at Nolii
"Slim, compact and oh so chic. The humble flip phone, was the ‘it’ accessory. I was passed down one from a family member and was obsessed (perhaps heavily influenced by the likes of Regina George from Mean Girls.) From sending songs via Bluetooth to the satisfying 'click' shut, in my mind it didn’t get much better."
Joe Nixon, Designer Manager at Nolii
"I've always been a playstation kid. It started with Spyro the dragon on Playstation 1 and has gone all the way through to PS5 where I'm currently halfway through completing the latest Assassin's Creed. It's great! When I was younger I would even take my PS2 away on trips/holidays so I could keep myself entertained in the evenings (and stop bothering my parents). I just loved the selection of games available and also the feel and feedback you get from the controllers. As soon as Sony released the PSP, I just knew it was going to be a game changer. Having the option to play video games on-the-go with the quality and control which you could only previously get with a home based console was incredible. I don't think my parents heard from me for years ..."
So, what tech still holds a special place in your memories? Or are you a devoted early adopter who's looking to the future rather than the past? Tell us in the comments section below.