Time Magazine selects the iPhone 5 as its gadget of the year for 2012

Time Magazine selects the iPhone 5 as its gadget of the year for 2012Time Magazine has announced its top ten gadgets of 2012 and unsurprisingly the iPhone 5 made it to number one spot. The list which has been compiled by author Harry McCracken praised the iPhone 5’s design claiming that it “is one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone’s ever built”.

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.

Whilst we would have to agree with the number one spot in Time Magazine’s top ten gadgets of 2012, we are not so sure about the other places. The Nintendo Wii U claims second place, Microsoft’s Surface RT is in 7th place and the Nest thermostat just scrapes in at number 9. Oddly, there is no mention of the new iPad or iPad mini; in fact the only other Apple product in the top 10 is the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display which was described as "a joy to use". What do you think of Time's top ten gadgets of 2012?

  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nintendo Wii U
  3. Sony Cyber-shot RX100
  4. Raspberry Pi Model B
  5. Lytro
  6. Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
  7. Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
  8. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  9. Nest
  10. Simple.TV

Source: Time

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Time Magazine selects the iPhone 5 as its gadget of the year for 2012

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wow, the iPhone 5 in the first place, and one of the highlights is a panorama mode. that just goes to show how undeserved that 1st place is.

This list is beyond dumb. I have an iPhone 4S, but wouldn't want to "upgrade" to the iPhone 5 based on the camera flare problem, and where it believes you want to quickly scroll to the top or bottom of what you're reading all by itself without actually taking your thumb/finger off the screen (something I've personally recorded for a co-worker). I tried the Samsung s3 and I hated it, but it should still be on this list - not the wii u which (last I checked) had to be plugged into a computer to get its first update to actually work as how they intended but were too impatient to wait... Anyways, just my rambling and thoughts, but this list doesn't make any sense.

"But when it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer"

I am guessing they mean the seams get lost while using the maps app. B)

Isnt Time the same group that said Vladimir Putin was Person of the Year a few years back? Yes - they clearly know what they're talking about.

The also selected Hitler in 1938, Stalin in 1939 (and again in 1942), the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, and George W. Bush in 2000 (and again in 2004). The even picked YOU in 2006. It's about impact (or at least it was until they picked you).

Chris this article made me laugh, the i5 is good but NOT that good. If it said phones ONLY I probably would buy it, but gadgets in general? C'mon!!

How is the iPhone 5 first on the list and no sign of the S3? This should be more of an opinion from the editor than an official list. And also how much did Apple pay you guys to make the iPhone 5 first on the list and not the S 3 considering all the issues it launched with? This list deserves no credit and should just be taken as an opinion of what the editor thinks is the best gadgets of 2012...