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The tricorder is sort of like a BlackBerry/iPhone for the 23rd Century, but without as many cool applications. The Memory Alpha Star Trek Wiki describes it as "a portable sensing, data analysis, and data communications device" that is used by Klingons, Romulans and humans alike. While some tricorders do indeed look as sleek and impressive as you'd expect for future technology, others look about as advanced and futuristic as Speak & Spells.

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