TIME admits that smartphones had existed before the iPhone (and there are a number of other mobile devices on the list), but the iPhone got the top spot essentially for being the gadget that touchscreens and made smartphones the must-have gadget for millions around the world. The next highest smartphone on the list was the Motorola DROID at #20, which TIME credits for popularizing Android and helping propel Google's platform to be the market leader today.
Other notable mobile entries on the list were: the Motorola Bravo Pager (#18), BlackBerry 6210 as the first BB to combine a cell phone with email and web (#24), Apple iPad for popularizing tablets (#25), Nokia 3210 aka the indestructible phone (#34), the Palm Pilot credited for solidifying handheld computing (#36), the Motorola Dynatac 8000x as the first "truly portable" cell phone (#37), Fitbit (#42), and Google Glass as the device to kickstart wearables and augmented reality (#50).
What do you think of the list? Any changes that need to be made?