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DROID beats out iPhone for Time Magazine's 2009 Gadget of The Year

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DROID beats out iPhone for Time Magazine's 2009 Gadget of The Year
Vindication for Motorola and Verizon might have come in the form of  the trophy presented to Time Magazine's 2009 Gadget of The Year. The DROID took the title after beating out Apple's iPhone 3GS which finished in fourth place. The amazing thing is that, back when the Palm Pre was annointed the next iPhone after being introduced to a mouth watering public early in the year, the Pre didn't finish in the top ten despite the early raves for the webOS software. And while the bets back in the beginning of the year were placed on Palm to make an amazing comeback on the back of the Pre-and at the same time helping to turn around Sprint-it was Motorola that made the phoenix like rebound. After not being a relevant cellphone manufacturer since the Razr (without an actual razor) jumped the shark a few years ago, it is the Schaumberg, Illinois based firm that bet the farm on Android, took advantage of Verizon's sudden 180 degree turn toward open systems and now is known for manufacturing the first real challenger to the iPhone and the winner of Time Magazine's 2009 Gadget of The Year. Check out the video to see the countdown.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


iPhone may add a key board to it phone some day in order to compete with DROID.

posted on 08 Dec 2009, 21:31

3. Trevsx1000 (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)


I like the way you phrased that to sound as though the iphone must play catchup to the Droid. For that I shall +1 you!!!

posted on 08 Dec 2009, 21:26

2. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


Can anyone say droooooooooid

posted on 08 Dec 2009, 22:03

4. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


Good for the droid. Half the credit should go to verizon since that is the reason they have sold so many. The real test will be how long the droid lasts. The iphone is in its third year and still on the list and still selling very well even with ATT bad network.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 08:04

6. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


very true but iphone has also released two new models since the original. maybe motorola shall do the same?

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 08:05

7. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


sorry, apple has released two new models. hehe.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 07:26

5. jundibasam (Posts: 119; Member since: 05 Aug 2009)


Droid seems to be doing pretty well despite all the iphone fannys grasping at straws to prove otherwise. The real key has hawk62 says is how long that can be sustained, especially as Android skyrockets to the top of the marketshare over the next 12-18 months. What may happen, which I hope will NOT happen, is that Android becomes fragmented with difference manufacturers, etc and go the way of Windows Mobile. I hope the Google/VZW partnership is really a strategic one.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 08:33

8. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


say what you will about the iphone 3gs, but the droid wouldnt even exist without it. (coming from a nokia n900 owner)

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 09:28

9. tshow84 (Posts: 65; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


thats just dumb - you're telling me that iphone invented the phone? or touchscreen? or are you saying that if apple never made the iphone 3gs, nevermind the other two iphones before that, then motorola wouldnt have made a flagship phone with the most up and coming operating system on the nations largest carrier? get a grip...

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 09:42

11. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)


let's give the kid the benefit of the doubt and say they meant to say 'iPhone' period. iPhone 3GS has nothing to do w/ the Droid being released, the iPhone 2G however is another story.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 12:00

13. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Well, the iPhone did make touchscreen phones popular (even though they were around for awhile) and it did make App Stores popular.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 09:40

10. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)


Why would a phone that is essentially the same phone from last year be considered for Gadget of the Year this year? The Droid was a good pick because it actually is the phone that 'introduces' the masses to Android in the States. I know htc came out w/ the G1 as the first Android device, but that was on Tmo, compare the number of customers Tmo has to the number of customers using Vzw... it's night and day. Plus Vzw has its aggressive marketing for the device that's helping get the name out. Though, I do think if the HD2 was hanging out in the States w/ 3G, that would have been the device of the year, hands down....

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 16:52

21. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


the hd2 is a fantastic phone, but i think since most agree that winmo is inferior to android and webos it would have been maybe 9-10?

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 12:03

28. sit2k (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)


Windows Mobile is inferior to webOS and Android? please explain this statement, i am amazed it actually was said

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 11:02

12. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


good for the droid.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 12:26

14. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


Razr with an actual Razor FTW!!!

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 13:11

15. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Of course droid would surpass the iphone the phone ain't even been out for a year yet. Iphone is still better there overall yeah the droid has some advantages but overall the iphone is better

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 14:56

16. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


why is the iphone better?

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 16:02

19. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


android=free apps apple=$$$$$$$$$$$$$$out of yo pocket

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 16:54

22. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


no. the droid, im happy to say, is a much superior phone. i very much agree with vzwman that apple just burns holes in your pockets. apple filled their app store with naked girls and fart sounds. android has great apps that are not only useful to the phone but fun. the iphone really doesnt have much besides a nice processor and "apps" as you would call them.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 01:39

25. easyheimer (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)


What are you talking about? You know how many iPhone apps are free? I have also used the Droid and trust me, they have very few free apps now and their apps are actually pretty pricey. Know your facts before you speak, because you'll be paying for apps just as much as iPhone users.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 09:20

26. phoegirl_09 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)


Actually your very incorrect when you say there are few free apps. Your obviously not accessing the free apps correctly. It took me near three days, not straight of course, to thumb through all of the free apps. And they are adding more and more free apps everyday. So you should get your facts straight before deciding to bash the app store for android!

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 10:51

27. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i know, there are tons of free apps, i havn't once needed to buy an app, i wish i could have said that for my bb storm.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 15:31

17. vzwfann15 (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Jun 2009)


Good Job Verizon and Motorola! Maybe Verizon won't need the iphone after all

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 16:55

23. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


i dont think verizon really needed the iphone. they just wanted it.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 16:01

18. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


android=free apps apple=$$$$$$$$$$$$$$out of yo pocket

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 16:48

20. merc56 (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Sep 2009)


Yeah Droid ! ! ! ! Would still like to see Verizon get the iphone someday just to see what would happen to AT&T. . . .

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 16:56

24. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


someday, the iphone will be a run-down phone from the ancient past. merry christmas!

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