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

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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source: Time

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28 Comments

1. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

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

3. Trevsx1000

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 08, 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!!!

2. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

Can anyone say droooooooooid

4. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

6. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

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

7. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

sorry, apple has released two new models. hehe.

5. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

8. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

9. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 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...

11. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 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.

13. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

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

10. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 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....

21. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 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?

28. sit2k

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 2009

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

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

good for the droid.

14. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Razr with an actual Razor FTW!!!

15. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 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

16. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

why is the iphone better?

19. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

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

22. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

25. easyheimer

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

26. phoegirl_09

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 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!

27. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

17. vzwfann15

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 10, 2009

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

23. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

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

18. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

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

20. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

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

24. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

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

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