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.