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iPhone 5 Ranks as Time Magazine’s 2012 Gadget of The Year

Posted in iPhone, News on 11/12/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Time Magazine has once again published their top 10 gadgets of the year – and this year, the iPhone 5 took the top spot. Surprise, surprise! Then again, it’s no secret that the iPhone 5 has been immensely popular, and one of the most desired gadgets of 2012…

Time’s Harry McCracken had plenty of good things to say about the iPhone 5:

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.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 also made the list, coming in at number 8. The full list is as follows:

Time’s Top 10 Gadgets of The Year

  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nintendo Wii U
  3. Sony Cyber-Shot RX100
  4. Raspberry Pi Model B
  5. Lytro Light-Field Camera
  6. Apple 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  7. Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
  8. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  9. Nest Learning Thermostat
  10. Simple.TV


  • The_Xander_Crews

    What a horrible choice for gadget of the year. It’s not even the best smart phone, let alone the best gadget.

    • jam

      Let me guess yours is the best!?

      • The_Xander_Crews

        Nope. Not the best, but I’d take my Android goodness over the locked down, tired, lacking-in-features, dated OS, shackled-to-iTunes and now seemingly uncomfortably thin & tall & not-wide-enough iPhone any day. The massive fail of their Apple Maps project alone should void the iPhone from this list. There are a number of Android phones that out-do the iPhone in terms of features, performance and overall coolness. The fact they put the flopping Microsoft Surface on the list at #7 says all you need to know. How can the iPhone 5 be #1 on this list, when the CEO of Apple released a public apology because part of it sucked so bad?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

          I agree. It’s weird that a small, glitchy phone with battery life issues, map/navigation issues is sitting on top of that list.

          • Dan Andersen

            Well the alternative is a comically large, poorly fabricated phone running a glitchy, malware prone “open” OS. I think Time made the right choice.

            By the way, iPhones do not have “battery issues.”

          • jifsdf

            I don’t know what’s the mythical battery issue. I get 10 hours battery and sometimes more on my iphone 5. No problems getting through the day. I’d rather have a “dated” “closed” os, versus a OS that is prone to Malware, slow updates, and bad quality hardware.

          • The_Xander_Crews

            I’ll give the iPhone props on 2 things…it is made well, and iOS is smooth. But that’s it. Neither of those things should be a deal breaker if you truly want a smart phone. Those things have nothing to do with how smart a phone is. I want a phone that is capable of the most things…tried watching a flash web video on an iPhone? Ha! And I actually prefer the look of my particular Android phone. The entire front is glass. No physical buttons. The 4 buttons are under the glass. Much better than the single physical button of the iPhone. Android phones are comically large? If anything, the iPhone is the goofy looking one…with it’s oddly skinny and tall design.

          • The_Xander_Crews

            Again you are clueless. Glitchy? Malware prone? Poorly fabricated? Maybe some of the lower end Android phones are glitchier or not made as well as the iphone. But when comparing Android & iphone, the lower end Android phones aren’t discussed, and if they are, it’s by folks who don’t know what they are talking about. The high end Android phones do far more things than the iphone. Period. You can try to deny that, but you’ll be wrong. If the iphone works great for you…well, good for you. But don’t try to tell anyone that the iphone can outduel the top Android phones, because it can’t. Anything new the iphone has been coming out with the past couple years, Android has already had for quite some time. Apple is playing catchup to Android and is failing at it. And as far as malware goes, I’ve never had an issue and I’ve never known anyone to have an issue. It’s like a computer…if you wrecklessly download and install apps from strange places or untrusted sources, you may get smacked…I don’t know. People that are plagued with those issues are idiots and probably should have an iphone because they aren’t smart enough to be using Android. Android is for the big boys who want real smart phones that can do very powerful things. The iphone is for folks who want a very simple, elementary device to check their email and use Facebook. Of course I’m generalizing, but you get the idea.

        • Dan Andersen

          @The_Xander_Crews: That’s funny, ’cause I’ll take my unlocked, energetic, featureful, modern OS’d, stands alone, comfortable and ergonomic iPhone over a cheap, plasticky, comically large, poorly supported Android phone any day.

          There isn’t a single Android phone that outdoes the iPhone in terms of features, performance, and overall coolness.

          • The_Xander_Crews

            Overall coolness is subjective. But since “overall” Android does more things, is highly customizable and outperforms iOS, I’d say overall coolness easily goes to Android. And your malware comment is just stupid. Typical blind Apple fanboy spewing talking points …you don’t have a clue as to what you are talking about.

          • Dan Andersen

            @Guest: Android does not outperform iOS. In fact, all independent performance reviews conclude that no other device comes close to the iPhone 5′s performance.

            You also stated that Android “does more things.” How about some examples?

          • The_Xander_Crews

            What’s funny is how clueless you are. The iphone is perfect for you.

          • Dan Andersen

            @The_Xander_Crews: Thanks. Glad I have your approval.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.dailey.581 Mike Dailey

    The Very Best without a doubt.

    • The_Xander_Crews

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion I guess.

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.