TIME calls the iPhone the most influential gadget ever

TIME calls the iPhone the most influential gadget ever
TIME has created a list of the top 50 most influential gadgets ever (note, these are not necessarily the best, just the most influential), and chose the Apple iPhone to top the list. Given the world we live in now where smartphones are the most popular computing devices and the primary computing device for many around the world, maybe this shouldn't be a surprise.

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?

source: TIME



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That is true

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying that the iphone is a very influential device.

24. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I hate it, but agree. It caused worldwide histeria.

52. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

I consider iPhone the greatest invention of all time. Yes I'm including the wheel.

80. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

For the fanboys who think that Android changed to touch screen after seeing the iPhone:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-didnt-have-to-start-over-with-Android-because-of-the-iPhone_id50585

112. SteveS

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

XperiaFanZone, I'm not sure how you feel that article helps your argument. Google engineers are on record for acknowledging that they did have to go back to the drawing board. If the "G1" was the real version (which came out a year later), it was still a joke compared to the iPhone. it didn't even have multi-touch much less an OS designed to use it. All that was bolted on years later. To deny Google being HEAVILY influenced by the iPhone is just laughable. For that matter, remember, Schmidt was on Apple's board of directors at the time, nobody from Apple was on Google's board of directors. Google knew what Apple was working on.

31. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Of course it's more influential than wheel right?

40. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I don't know if the wheel is technically a gadget... But to your point. Where are things like Calculators, Flashlights, Binoculars, Telescopes, Microscopes, Can Openers, Photocopiers, Light Switches, Door Knobs, Swiss Army Knives, Sewing Machines, Whistles, Vacuum Cleaners, and dozens of medical gadgets that actually save lives. I would have thought Time mislabled the list, and they meant electronic devices, but looking at the list, it includes simple cameras. So for that reason, I think it is way off.

79. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

A gadget is a consumer device, so you wouldn't see any medical gadgets. There is a calculator on the list. The rest may have been influential, but they're boring and don't make good copy. TIME has to sell... magazines? They still actually print magazines, right?


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

True but after iphone 4 Apple did Jack SH!T, and that's why iphones have no future!

106. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Lol. Keep telling yourself that.

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31269; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very true.

101. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

i dont know what the definition of "influential" by TIME... but the invention of a mobile-phone itself some 40 yrs ago (yes, it was 1973 or so) by motorola was most "influential" or rather "revolutionary"... it was ahead of its time and naturally for any new technology, using one was rather expensive for the consumers..... but i agree while i dont like the iphone, it was one of the highly influential gadget...but dont read that as "innovation", altho apple did make what was around then eg. touchscreen on smartphones, mobile-browsing, app development infinitely better...they got lucky with the iphone...

113. SteveS

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

It's almost comical to refer to the modern smartphone as a phone. In fact, I would suggest that most millennials rarely if ever use the "phone" feature of the phone. Modern smartphones are essentially mobile computers that happen to be multi-faceted communication devices as well. In terms of being influential, the fact is, every smartphone on the market today is extremely derivative of the original iPhone design. The overall design was significantly different before and after the iPhone. On that basis, the iPhone's influence is unchallenged.

103. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

The iPhone **was** an influential device, just like the Model T was influential to the automotive industry. As with the Model T, people have moved on from the iPhone. Listen to what most of the people are saying in this video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aP2bpMxJF98

108. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

You realize the Model T was produced by Ford? And Ford still exists to this day.

14. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Yes, have to give credit to the iphone, it is one of the most influential products ever created. But after the iphone, apple has got nothing else to offer. Except for bigger /smaller screens. Nothing really has changed except for the screen size. Heck even the screen resolution is f**ked. After ditching my 6s for the s7, the screen on the 6s looks terrible to me.

60. darkkjedii

Posts: 31269; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The article isn't about what else they have to offer, it's plainly and simply about the iPhones influence. There's also no way the iPhones screen looks terrible, when it's consistently ranked as one of the better ones one the market. C'mon bruh, no need to whine and sensationalize...we have TechieXP to do that.

69. TimidUser unregistered


72. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Really? Is saying 6S' screen after moving to the S7 sucks wrong just because it's "consistently ranked as one of the better ones one the market"? Think about that again. Anyways, the first iPhone is undeniably influential, but if you're trying to justify how good their new products because of that, it's just plain stupidity.

109. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

Fairly certain there were more 6S sold than S7 or S6. So considering more people bought the 6S, it's the better phone. That's sarcasm, even though the screen is higher spec'd on the S6 and S7, the iPhone screen is in no way poor.

111. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

It isn't poor, but it is no way the same or better than the S6 or the S7. Saying it "sucks" relative to the S7's screen is not a wrong thing.

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So predictable.

3. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

If Time changed "in the world" to "in the US" then i guess it would be correct.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7499; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

What would be different if they did what you just said?

5. AlikMalix unregistered

You have another gadget in mind?

45. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

The list is about 50 gadgets....And still you go straight for the iphone, typical sheep mentality. I was actually thinking of the droid, the blackberry's....Alot of the gadgets in that list a north america only (or close to). Ofcourse it would be stupid saying the iphone didnt push things. The change would have come anyway, but apple pushed it faster.

46. AlikMalix unregistered

And you're assuming that I mark everything up to the iPhone? Typical hater mentality. iPhone just did more to change the landscape of modern computing than anything so far, others may come close - but they're not on top of the list. I'm not saying it - TIME magazine is saying it.

74. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

"The change would have come anyway" Dude, that's a serious hater comment. It just screams that you do not want to give Apple credit at all. Th iPhone was an absolute game changer and still is to this day. Nothing has really came out since to sit-ups the market the way it did. That one phone replaced so many gadgets over time. These type of thing only happen a few times in a lifetime. An upgraded phone with different features is not a game changer. The only thing I see that will truely be the next big thing are electric/autonomous cars.

94. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Htc, Nokia, Sony, Samsung, LG they all had smartphones for years before the iPhone. They also startede to get touchscreens, having cameras etc etc etc....nothing they were motion as polish as the iPhone. But as i said, they were already going in that direction. It always is, Apple is just good at predicting what trend is gonna come and buy the companies developing the New tech.

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