Time Magazine: The iPhone 5 Is The Best Gadget Of 2012

Time Magazine: The iPhone 5 Is The Best Gadget Of 2012

Best gadget of the year? According to Time Magazine, it’s the iPhone 5. Oh, and Apple or people who have worked for Apple are responsible for another two out of the top ten spots as well.

Of the iPhone 5, Technologizer Henry McCracken says:

Apple may be responsible for more than its share of the tech industry’s great leaps forward, but it’s at least as good at fussing over the tiny little details other companies ignore. The iPhone 5, which starts at $199 with a two-year contract, is one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone’s ever built, with a taller screen than previous iPhones built into a thinner, lighter case. The camera, with a particularly well-done panorama mode, is another highlight. There are lots of nifty smartphones out there, including the iPhone’s impressive archrival, Samsung’s Galaxy S III. But when it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer.

It’s the second time the iPhone has topped Time Magazine’s annual best gadget list, the first since the original iPhone was released back in 2007.

The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro also made the list, along with the Nest, Tony Fadell’s smart thermostat that allows you to program your house’s heating and cooling with your iPhone.

What else made the list? Some real head scratchers. The 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II is number 8, and the poorly reviewed Surface is number 7.

  • rogifan

    Went to Time’s website. List is spend out over 31(!) pages. Won’t be reading that then.

  • CharilaosMulder

    It better be the best gadget of 2012 because I’m waiting almost 3 months for it to be delivered here in the Netherlands. The 64GB model is in short supply, or so they say.

  • OfficialMiguelN

    Thats hard press to beat ! getting mine soon out here in NYC

  • Maar7en

    Next to the iPhone 5 i like the Lytro camera big time for this piece of innovation! Think they are even as it comes as gadget of 2012!

  • HunterD

    Cool! Although I don’t understand how the Surface made it anywhere near that list.

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