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

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107 Comments

110. vevicky

Posts: 18; Member since: May 07, 2016

Yes it is

104. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I agree, though the Galaxy Note should be on the list because of making big screen popular.

96. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

This is one of THE most honest statements within the last 20 years. I tell people all the time that you have to respect Apple because they changed the way smartphones are made and will continue to be made!!

92. iApologistsAreRetards

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I DON'T AGREE!!! It wasn't even a smartphone at the time! It was a fuqin FEATURE PHONE!

83. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I guess it makes sense, considering that it has broken sales records year after year.

73. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Nah. Printing press.

70. TimidUser unregistered

I think if our biases are removed from the equation, the list seems fair. And, I agree, in the time we live in, it would be expected that a smartphone would be the most influential gadget, certainly the most influential smartphone. At least to this point. Who knows what it will be in ten years?

55. OdysseasP

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

In a superficial world such as the one in which we are living in, it was to be expected that a smartphone would be named the most influential gadget ever. The fact that if mobile phones haven 't preexisted the smartphones would have never existed is of minor importance. Thus in my opinion, if mobile phones such as the Nokia 3210 didn't exist in order to popularize the concept of the mobile phone and smartphones such as the Nokia 9000 Communicator & the Ericsson R380 to show what is possible with a mobile device then smartphones such as the Apple iPhone would have never existed in the first place.

54. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

what the hell ipad doing in this list?

58. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Before the iPad no-one wanted tablets, they had laptops. Now everyone has tablets. I don't care if someone else made one first before we get a list, this is about the most INFLUENTIAL gadgets, not most innovative or original.

65. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that's a great post. +1.

85. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

because apple can make product or feature popular

64. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Name a tablet that was more influential. I'm kinda shocked you even make a post like that, given the point of the article.

86. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

it doesnt have any unique feature rather than having big screen when compared to iphone

88. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Again...point of the article.

53. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

TechieXP's gonna have an aneurism in 3... 2...1...

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't know about gadget, but mos def smartphone. I know trolls will say (Prada), but they know what phone turned the industry on its ear, and set today's devices in motion.

30. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

The cell phone itself, should be the most influential gadget.... not a brand of a cell phone. No matter how innovative the first iPhone was.

36. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 748; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Only a handful of people knew cell phones. Most of them would disgust old cellphones that are still working. I bet most of them would laugh keypad users.

29. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

TechieXp is going to bash Apple no matter what!

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think Apple is great at marketing smartphone to the general public. By keeping iOS interface simple and the use of capacitive touch display really nails it. For a time they did try to patent the right to use capacitive display solely on their phone. Luckily they are unsuccessful on this.

28. jaidhakne

Posts: 15; Member since: May 04, 2016

its OK for only US and its puppy...but for left world Samsung is most influenced to our life...

33. Derekjeter

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

You should go read a dictionary. Dumb a$$!

44. jaidhakne

Posts: 15; Member since: May 04, 2016

American pigs just understand iPhone.. they doesn't understand world without America ..we have only concern with android.. we don't want iPhone... never..

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think a pig taught you your grammar skills. Who the hell says "they doesn't"?

98. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Maybe his first language isn't English. Not everyone is fluent in English and if you're not fluent in a language and try to communicate in that language, you'll probably sound the same. It's one thing to not agree with someone, but to use grammar to invalidate what they have to say in a situation like that isn't really right either. Not trying to start anythimg just asking for a little understanding for non English speakers.

23. JasonMelling1229

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 07, 2015

Influential to some but not to all.

27. Derekjeter

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Maybe not to you but Influential to Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony, Google, MS, Blackberry, Android period among other companies.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He knows, he just won't admit it. He wants those thumbs.

22. Derekjeter

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Steve Jobs and the iPhone are the greatest thing to happen to the cell phone. No one can deny that, but of course stupid fans will.

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