Looking at it objectively, Starfleet communicators aren't quite as cool as we used to think they were.
For all the ways in which the original 60's Star Trek remains perfectly relevant, there are things about it that haven't aged as well. Technology, in particular, is a bit of a soft spot, as proved by this comic by Dan Piraro of Bizarro.
In fairness, those communicaators probably have way better battery life.
(via Laughing Squid)