Alarm clock revealed as the nation's most enduring gadget

The humble digital alarm clock has topped a list of the nation's longest-serving gadgets, according to a new poll. In a survey of 1,000 consumers, by the Gadget Show Live Christmas, the bedside wake-up call was named as the tech most likely to stand the test of time, and the one we are most reluctant to give up.

Alarm clock is nation's most enduring gadget

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Other products to have endured into today's high-tech age are the toasted sandwich maker, the pocket calculator, pop-up toaster and handheld console the Nintendo Game Boy.

Perhaps more surprisingly, the electric carving, breadmaker, digital watch, VCR and record player also made the list of our favourite older devices.

But while we Brits are reluctant to part with our outdated alarm clocks and Game Boys, they are far from being items we can't live without.

In fact, the must-have list made for more familiar reading, with smartphones coming out on top, followed by broadband, TV, the laptop and tablet. Modern games consoles, digital TV recorders, MP3 players, e-readers and DVD players rounded out the top ten tech we just can't be without.

And in terms of brands, it was Apple that led the way - the recently released iPhone 5 was named as the favourite gadget of all time, closely followed by the iPad in second. And a third Apple stable star, the iPod, popped up in fifth place, just behind the TV and personal computer.

Gadget Show presenter Pollyanna Woodward told the Daily Mail: "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 20 or 30 years time."

What's the gadget you can't live without, and do you think it'll stand the test of time? Leave your comments below...