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The Gizmondo is a handheld gaming console released by Tiger Telematics in March 2005. The electronics design was undertaken by Plextek Limited and the industrial design by Rick Dickinson.

The Gizmondo had several unique features: Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, SMS & MMS, GPS and GPRS; all things which its competitors did not have.

At launch the Gizmondo cost £229 or £129 if the unit had "Smart Adds" enabled. Smart Adds was a system that displayed advertisments on the units home screen in exchange for a reduction in the console's initial purchase price.

With fewer than 25,000 units sold, the Gizmondo was named by GamePro as the worst selling handheld console in history. By 6 February 2006, the company was forced into bankruptcy and the Gizmondo was discontinued.

Complete with case, two games, and power supply. Kindly donated by Tim Loynes.

Manufacturer: Tiger Telematics
Date: March 2005

Magazines RELATED to Gizmondo in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Edge - Issue 145 - January 2005 Jan 2005
Edge - Issue 149 - May 2005 Future Publishing May 2005
Edge - Issue 150 -June 2005 Future Publishing Jun 2005

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH36022. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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