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I have never queued for a piece of consumer technology. I refuse to join the niche crowd of early-adopters who do so. Or at least I have until now, with no gadget that has so far been released making me feel it’s a worthwhile thing to do. As was the subject of a recent opinion piece Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion] Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion] I personally cannot fathom the mindset of people who queue for the latest gadget on launch day. I've tried, I really have, but I think it's a bizarre choice to queue up for hours or... Read More .

However, that isn’t to say there won’t one day be a gadget released which has me so wrapped up in anticipation that I deem it worth my time and effort to wait in line for the opportunity to get my hands on one. And I suspect you’re the same as me. We here at MakeUseOf social media obsession with anonymity social media obsession with anonymity Read More want to know what gadget, real or imagined, is or would be worth queuing for.

This Week’s Question…

Which Gadget Is Or Would Be Worth Queuing For?

This can be an existing gadget that you don’t own but you’d love to. Whether it be one of the many Apple iDevices, the latest Android handset, a shiny new games console or whatever piece of consumer tech you desperately want to get your hands on. All of the above are gadgets people have in the past queued religiously for. Often for days on end.

Or you can use this is an opportunity to don your inventor’s cap and think about the one gadget you’d love that hasn’t yet been developed. Let your creativity flow, and imagine THE gadget you’d gladly stand all day in a queue to get your hands on. Of course if you took it from drawing board to production yourself then you wouldn’t ever have to queue. Perhaps Kickstarter 4 Fantastic Hardware Projects You Can Fund On Kickstarter 4 Fantastic Hardware Projects You Can Fund On Kickstarter Having recently had my first taste of Arduino electronics, I must admit the idea of open hardware and the maker ethos has really made a mark on me. Today I thought it would be interesting... Read More could help you realize your dreams.

We Ask You… now You Tell Us. All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week.


‘We Ask [You] Tell Us‘ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  2. zf
    April 10, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Google/Asus tablet - hopefully a good alternative to the overly expensive tablets in the market and one that uses the stylus effectively (I'm waiting for a tablet-style combination that can replace pen and paper)

    • Dave Parrack
      April 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      The Google Nexus tablet could be huge. If priced right. It's a shame Microsoft canned the Courier, as that was a stylus-based tablet meant to replace pen and paper.

  3. LordDai
    April 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    the cheat code for diplomatic immunity

    • Dave Parrack
      April 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Not a gadget but definitely worth queuing for.

  4. Robin
    April 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I would queue for a cordless power transmitter and anything that would let my cat talk to me.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Ha, being a cat lover I appreciate the sentiment. They already talk, it's just that we don't understand what they're saying!

  5. Vlad
    April 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    1. Personal teleporter
    2. Invisibility cape

    With these two everything else will not need queue-ing anymore.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      That's true. It would be the last time you ever waited in line for anything. Instantaneous travel would be awesome.

  6. Chris Hoffman
    April 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Google Glasses! Not the first ones, but the ones that actually implement the promise seen in the video.

    Or, hell -- any augmented reality or virtual reality goggles. I've been waiting for those ever since I read Snow Crash.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      I must admit I'd be tempted to queue for these. Despite what I said in that opinion piece! I've never read that... now might be a good time.

      • Chris Hoffman
        April 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        It's my favorite book, so I can definitely recommend it.

  7. Rey Aetar
    April 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    nokia 808

    • Dave Parrack
      April 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      The 41-Megapixel camera has you sold, eh?

      • Rey Aetar
        April 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

        no i ment i would be queing for buying it

        • Dave Parrack
          April 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

          Yes, I got that. What I'm asking is whether it's the 41Mp camera that is the reason you'll be queuing for it?

        • Rey Aetar
          April 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

          yes exactly and the new belle looks great

        • Dave Parrack
          April 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

          It does indeed. I hope you get one without having to queue for long :)

  8. Dave Parrack
    April 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Now that would be good. Make it happen!

  9. Matt Smith
    April 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    A star trek replicator

    • Dave Parrack
      April 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Hell yes, now you're talking. I doubt they'll arrive within my lifetime, sadly.

  10. Humza Aamir
    April 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    The only things worth a queue are tickets to a musical concert or something that promises thrill that becomes a memorial part of our lives. A gadget that is to be played with just to check out the features and trying to be the first one to get it doesn't float my boat.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      That's a fair point. It's true that I remember days out or spent with loved ones much more than the first day spent with a gadget. But get creative... there must be something you'd deem it worthwhile waiting in line for!

      • Humza
        April 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm

        Well...then i'd love to have the xbox 720 or the PS4 orbis ;). If they can be referred to as gadgets. I'm sure they'll be making some queues out there when they're launched.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

          Oh, they're definitely gadgets :) There will be queues around the block, I'm sure. I'm guessing in about 18 months from now.

        • Humza
          April 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

          Oh and there will be more queues around where i live when people are going to see a gamer jumping in front of the screen wildly, giving weird gestures and falling over things. :D

  11. Eric
    April 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    The PS2 was the only gadget I ever waited in a line for. Totally worth the twelve hours I spent playing cards on the floor of Wal-Mart.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      What games did you snag for it? And did it live up to your expectations?

      • Eric
        April 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Hmm, I think I picked up Silent Scope and Summoner. Summoner actually turned out to be pretty good, considering the state of console-based RPGs at the time.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

          Summoner wasn't bad for a launch title. I picked it up a couple of years later used.

  12. Michael
    April 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    None, Period!

    • Dave Parrack
      April 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Fair enough :)

  13. Bob Henson
    April 5, 2012 at 7:45 am

    No gadget is worth waiting in a queue. Society needs to move away from the situation where greed and "one-upmanship" are the new Gods, and marketing men manipulate people who have grown so shallow as to value gadgets above their fellows.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Where were you when I posted my opinion piece saying just that?! ;)

  14. Susendeep Dutta
    April 5, 2012 at 4:35 am

    The most speculated gadget that most of the people in the whole world is expecting to get is Samsung Galaxy S III and might be Windows Phone 8 devices from Nokia.

    I think when Galaxy S III will be launched,people will form crowded lines to get it.But I think that they don't have to wait for even half a day to get it as they Samsung has planned to make it available worldwide in short time.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

      The Galaxy SIII is going to be huge, but as you say Samsung will launch it in a way that should make queuing unnecessary. The Lumia 900 also looks great. Thanks for commenting.

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