Wait, ‘portable' and ‘television' in the same sentence? That’s odd, isn’t it? Interestingly, I own one of these super-advanced, highly durable portable television sets - that shamefully doesn’t fit in my pocket.
Welcome to the past of television: the Casio TV-480. A brilliant piece of engineering: it has both high frequency and low frequency band tuning, a meter long antenna and an abnormally bright display. Not to mention it's sound quality - simply surreal: at least 4 times louder than the best iPhone available in the market. All this technology packed into a tiny box just slightly thicker than 5 iPhone 6’s piled upon each other.
As I mentioned before, this portable TV is very durable. Seriously, no one expects a 20 year old device to turn on just by inserting new batteries into it! Then again, it’s made by Casio - the same company that produces the legendary G-Shock watches. Still, I’m surprised that this portable TV works.
For now though, this childhood piece of tech brings back no nostalgia. Personally, I never used it in my life, and I don’t remember watching SpongeBob Square Pants on a 2.2” LCD display. Oh well.
Remember one thing though: that app on your smartphone that allows you to watch television on-the-go over the internet does exactly the same job as this portable television set. Same purpose, different medium, 20 years apart.