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Apple iPhone 5 makes TIME's Gadget of the Year for its design

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Apple iPhone 5 makes TIME's Gadget of the Year for its design
The Apple iPhone 5 has been announced the "Gadget of the Year" in TIME's annual awards in various categories, which include the renowned Person of the Year, with some pretty controversial nominations in the past.

Harry McCracken, a TIME spokesperson, said that the choice has been difficult, given the competition of phones like the Galaxy S III with its Smart Stay function and the like, but the iPhone 5 was chosen mainly because of the stellar metal-and-glass design, and the overall integration of software and hardware.

His exact words are “one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone’s ever built,” and “when it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer.”

Here are the 2012 top 10 in TIME Magazine's Gadget of the Year award:

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

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posted on 14 Jan 2013, 07:34 43

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


How much you wanna bet he uses the iPhone 5 and never used an Android or other smartphone?

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 07:35 34

3. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


He just crawled out of a cave.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 08:01 26

18. MeoCao (unregistered)


Not really, TIME depends on Apple for sales now, so Tim Cook also got into the top 3 Person of the year.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 08:11 17

23. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Makes sense when you consider the name...
Tim(e) Cook.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 11:09 6

55. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


The iP5 which is a iP4 2010 just weirdly taller and slightly thinner, and a new port forcing all new accessories after 10 years! bam! best 0f 2012 :/

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 07:54 24

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


"...and the overall integration of software and hardware."

Um, has TIME Magazine ever touched the Nexus 4? Hands down best software integration on any phone.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 08:07 12

22. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Remember the article on how the iPhone 5 bent when someone sat on it while in the back pocket?
They must have realized that was too cool a feature to be ignored about the iPhone 5.
"iPhone 5, the new hybrid of cell phones, bend it the way you want and the OS will bend to you"

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 08:45 3

36. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They are perfectly within their right to say that it had the best software and hardware integration .

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 09:02 7

42. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


...says Mxyptlptlptlajapjdhnh...

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 01:46

97. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


wad if that s indeed his REAL name.. :O :O

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 13:29 2

66. Droiddoes (unregistered)


Absolutely. They are also within their right to be dead wrong, uninformed about what a truly innovative smartphone is, and to be openly and rightfully mocked for it. You of all...."people"....would understand.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 01:44

95. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


u shud hav been d person of d year..!!!!

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:42 2

86. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


nope they only have Apple products in their HQ building

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 07:58 4

15. wendygarett (unregistered)


Oh Apple, I love you so much and I decide to sleep in the bed that full of mac and iPhone, just like the girl on my avatars :)

well done time :)

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 08:43 3

35. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The iPhone 5 does have the best design.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 08:51 5

38. tedkord (Posts: 12228; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Of course. It has that revolutionary 4 inch screen. You watch, next year all the Android phones will follow suit and have screens bigger than 3.5 inches.

Then, there's that (pat.pending) rectangle with rounded corners, which the LG Prada clearly did not have. Nope. Not at all.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 13:59 3

73. ZeroCide (Posts: 777; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Apple will increase the screen size by 0.00001 inches and call it revolutionary.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 08:59 2

41. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


In terms of being antique -- yes!!!

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 13:48 2

72. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


No.

The 4S has a better design. It's sleeker. I absolutely hate the two-color back on the iPhone 5.

I honestly believe that the Nexus 4 is the best looking phone around. The iPhone 4/4S is a close second, but the larger size of the Nexus 4 and the lack of physical buttons give it an edge.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:44 2

87. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


you must be crazy IT'S THE SAME POS since 2011

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 13:21 6

64. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


You got to be kidding me iStretch 5 best design hahahahahah

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:03 1

88. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Typical biased journal out off their wit. There are plenty of devices out there which have better appealing looks than useless piece of metal.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 03:29

99. atsamman (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


iam an android fan but i gotta say that the iphone5's got a very nice design
imo better looking than sg3 or note 2 even alittle better than htc droid

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 07:34 11

2. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


No s*1ttin hell... This must also mean that the iPhone made gadget of the year for the past 5 or 6 years..

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 07:36 13

4. Kuherrn (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


How about the Nexus 4 and the Droid DNA?

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 07:38 8

6. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Droid maybe but not the Nexus

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:09

90. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


to let u guys know on VERIZON NETWORK DROID IS A VERIZON name only please don't mix those up. and the NOTE II or GS IV should be #1 on TIME MAGAZINE. not the crappy iPhone 5

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 07:55 8

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The Nintendo Wii U made it up there when it really didn't sell? Lol this list is pointless.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 13:30 2

67. Droiddoes (unregistered)


What do you expect from a bunch of old farts? Put some younger people in charge who actually follow new tech and I promise that list would look very different.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:11

91. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


3 things are pointless 1st wii u is a great console. 2nd it's gadgets. 3rd IPH5 shouldn't be #1.

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