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In its annual list of the best gadgets available, Time has named Apple's new iPhone 5 the top device of 2012, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also made the cut.

The magazine's list, compiled by author Harry McCracken, praised the iPhone 5 as "one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone's ever built." He said it outperforms other "nifty" smartphones, like Samsung's Galaxy S III.

"When it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer," he said.

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In taking first place, Apple edged out Nintendo's newly released Wii U game console. The new platform includes a controller with a tablet-style touchscreen.

Though the Wii U GamePad is tablet-like, it's not a direct competitor to Apple's iPad, as the controller is actually driven wirelessly by the Wii U console. As such, Nintendo's new GamePad accessory cannot be used as a gaming or tablet-style device on the go.

Also on Time's list is Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, taking sixth place. McCracken called Apple's top-of-the-line notebook a "joy to use."

The full list of Time's 'Top 10 Gadgets' of 2012 is included below:
  • 1. Apple iPhone 5
  • 2. Nintendo Wii U
  • 3. Sony Cyber-shot RX100
  • 4. Raspberry Pi Model B
  • 5. Lytro
  • 6. Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • 7. Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
  • 8. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  • 9. Nest
  • 10. Simple.TV
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The full list of Time's 'Top 10 Gadgets' of 2012 is included below:
  • 1. Apple iPhone 5
  • 2. Nintendo Wii U
  • 3. Sony Cyber-shot RX100
  • 4. Raspberry Pi Model B
  • 5. Lytro
  • 6. Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • 7. Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
  • 8. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  • 9. Nest
  • 10. Simple.TV

 

Unfortunately, with the inclusion of #7, we understand that this list is a joke. Well, we didn't need Time magazine to tell us the iPhone 5 is the best smartphone, but, I'm not really sure how you compare a smartphone to a thermostat and say which is "better".

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Apple needs to buy Lytro. 

Reinvent an industry that no one thought needed reinventing. That's the Apple we know and love.

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Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
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Of course it is. It's another quality Apple product. The fit and finish of the hardware, the polish of iOS, and the focus on User Experience. Apple has enough respect for their product to not not license it out to OEMs. 

 

And so on and so on. 

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Where's the iPad mini? Finally got my hands on one yesterday. Amazing sleek little beast.
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Was 'durability' considered as part of the judging criteria?  The anodize aluminium on the iPhone 5 can't withstand even a tiny scratch.  

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<<scoffs>> fanbois /s
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Was 'durability' considered as part of the judging criteria?  The anodize aluminium on the iPhone 5 can't withstand even a tiny scratch.  

I've had iPhone 5 since launch, no case, and after careful inspection anyone would conclude that it's brand new out of the box. I've even been less careful about setting it on hard surfaces than I was with my iPhone 4, so I'm not sure where all the talk of how fragile it is comes from.

Interesting that iPhone topped the list and iPad isn't even on it though.
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Apple needs to buy Lytro. 

Reinvent an industry that no one thought needed reinventing. That's the Apple we know and love.

I was under the impression that Lytro camera lenses required a fair bit of depth to get the directional light information, and couldn't go into any of Apple's thin devices?

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Unfortunately, with the inclusion of #7, we understand that this list is a joke. Well, we didn't need Time magazine to tell us the iPhone 5 is the best smartphone, but, I'm not really sure how you compare a smartphone to a thermostat and say which is "better".

It's a list of gadgets, not phones. So... the author can put his favorite things of anything that exists in gadget form. 

 

I'm sure the times is pissing off subscribers that are samsung fan. As of the surface in # 7  spot... I've tried a samsung android tablet and did not like it as much as iOS iPad, but it was way better than the surface. Seemed jerky. 

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I've had iPhone 5 since launch, no case, and after careful inspection anyone would conclude that it's brand new out of the box. I've even been less careful about setting it on hard surfaces than I was with my iPhone 4, so I'm not sure where all the talk of how fragile it is comes from.
Interesting that iPhone topped the list and iPad isn't even on it though.

 

My charcoal iPhone 5 looks brand new too. Maybe if the original poster didn't use his to smash open walnuts it would look brand new too...?

 

I imagine the iPad Mini would have made to cut, but to have THREE Apple products on the list would have look too fanboyish... Besides, they did include the Samsung product with Apple UI....

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I was under the impression that Lytro camera lenses required a fair bit of depth to get the directional light information, and couldn't go into any of Apple's thin devices?

 

Sure! Now.

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Was 'durability' considered as part of the judging criteria?  The anodize aluminium on the iPhone 5 can't withstand even a tiny scratch.  

 

More fabricated F.U.D. Repeating a lie doesn't make it true.

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I was under the impression that Lytro camera lenses required a fair bit of depth to get the directional light information, and couldn't go into any of Apple's thin devices?

It is a great gadget but lacks the definition of the iPhone lens. Besides Apple's software does a bit of what the Lytro camera does with hardware.

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But C|net just announced that the Galaxy SIII was the greatest gadget. Who to believe, who to believe? Time Magazine or C|net?

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Was 'durability' considered as part of the judging criteria?  The anodize aluminium on the iPhone 5 can't withstand even a tiny scratch.  

 

Every iPhone ever created has been fragile in one way or the other. 

 

It has done nothing at all to lessen its desirability. 

 

I'd rather have the iPhone 5's finish and just take care of it. Other phones feel cheap and flimsy by comparison. 

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It is a great gadget but lacks the definition of the iPhone lens. Besides Apple's software does a bit of what the Lytro camera does with hardware.

 

Before the shot is taken. Not after, which is the point.

 

Is there a camera without auto-focus these days?

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I've had iPhone 5 since launch, no case, and after careful inspection anyone would conclude that it's brand new out of the box. I've even been less careful about setting it on hard surfaces than I was with my iPhone 4, so I'm not sure where all the talk of how fragile it is comes from.
Interesting that iPhone topped the list and iPad isn't even on it though.

 

 

I think it partially depends on color. White seems to show scratches less. It is also possible, Apple has tinkered with the coloring process. During the first few months of production, it is common for manufacturers to refine the process.

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My charcoal iPhone 5 looks brand new too. Maybe if the original poster didn't use his to smash open walnuts it would look brand new too...?

 

I imagine the iPad Mini would have made to cut, but to have THREE Apple products on the list would have look too fanboyish... Besides, they did include the Samsung product with Apple UI...

Same here - a month into heavy daily usage and not even a tiniest of scratches. Looks BNIB, truly outstanding! Whatever they did, man, works miracles!

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Nice that Nest made the cut as well.
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I hadn't heard of the Simple.TV, but that looks pretty cool. I can't imagine ever buying a camera, so no thanks Sony.
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But C|net just announced that the Galaxy SIII was the greatest gadget. Who to believe, who to believe? Time Magazine or C|net?

If my co-worker is any indicator, I'd take the device for average Joe's over tech geeks any day. Banging my head against setting up Wine on Linux doesn't sound like my idea of a fun saturday night.

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I'm delighted to see the Raspberry Pi on the list.  What a neat way to try and get kids into programming.

 

As for the winner, I fully support it.  I was amazed by how much better the 5 is than the 4S, which wasn't exactly a bad phone.  I really thought it would be nearly impossible to improve on the iPhone 5 until yesterday, when I downloaded Grand Theft Auto Vice City.

 

I've subsequently abandoned doing any work.

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Unfortunately, with the inclusion of #7, we understand that this list is a joke. Well, we didn't need Time magazine to tell us the iPhone 5 is the best smartphone, but, I'm not really sure how you compare a smartphone to a thermostat and say which is "better".

They compared Gadgets. Not smartphones!

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I've tried a samsung android tablet and did not like it as much as iOS iPad, but it was way better than the surface. Seemed jerky. 


I bought a Nexus 7 on Friday.  I bought it because I wanted a tablet, but didn't want to shell out what the iPad cost.  I really liked it at first, but the novelty factor wore off in about 3 hours.  By Saturday, I couldn't stand to use it.  I returned it Sunday and bought a retina iPad (couldn't find a mini anywhere--and I sold my 1st-generation iPad because I didn't like the lower dpi; if the mini were retina, I would buy it in a heartbeat, but alas).  I'm loving it.  It's much, much nicer to use than the Nexus.

 

Of course, I'm preaching to the choir here, so there's not much point in gushing.

 

As far as the "FUD" surrounding the iPhone 5 fragility...I have a black/slate one.  I baby the thing.  And yet, there's a scratch on the bottom.  No idea how it got there, but I keep it in a case now.  It would seem that some batches are stronger than others.

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Their EIC must be an Apple fanboi.
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I tried to buy a couple Raspberry Pis but they are all out of stock.

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Apple needs to buy Lytro. 

Reinvent an industry that no one thought needed reinventing. That's the Apple we know and love.

As previously stated I just don't see it. It's cool tech but i think physics will prevent it from ever being something that an Apple product could use.

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But C|net just announced that the Galaxy SIII was the greatest gadget. Who to believe, who to believe? Time Magazine or C|net?

 

See... we are all on conspiracy.  Apple Fan boys like to hear good about Apple.  Fandroid likes to great about Andro and Samscum. 

Magazines dont want to be on hatred side.  All media conspires. 

 

So... one writes Apple is the best. Another writes Samscum is the best.  That's all. 

 

Buy what you like.  Throw what you hate.

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As far as the "FUD" surrounding the iPhone 5 fragility...I have a black/slate one.  I baby the thing.  And yet, there's a scratch on the bottom.  No idea how it got there, but I keep it in a case now.  It would seem that some batches are stronger than others.

 

I really abuse my phones, yet my black/slate iPhone 5 is scratch free, with the exception of a couple of minor dings along the edge.  I think it's been really durable so far. 

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I've had iPhone 5 since launch, no case, and after careful inspection anyone would conclude that it's brand new out of the box. I've even been less careful about setting it on hard surfaces than I was with my iPhone 4, so I'm not sure where all the talk of how fragile it is comes from.
Interesting that iPhone topped the list and iPad isn't even on it though.

I have to disagree.   I got my iPhone (without a case), didn't take it out of the box on my way home from the Apple store, set it down on soft cloth and charged it up.   Realized it wasn't taking a full charge, put it back in the box and brought it back to the Apple store the very next day.   The "Genius" looked at it and said it was scratched.    Now maybe it came scratched from the factory and I didn't notice, but as much as I love this phone, it does scratch easily.

 

The replacement phone, which I have for about a month now (and don't use a case) does have some scratches along the top and bottom edges.   It doesn't really bother me, but I do think it's a bit absurd that Apple drives towards such perfection of the design, but yet manufactures a device that is most certainly not impervious to scratches when kept in a pocket with keys or change, which is normal use for a phone.   And actually, due to the location of the scratches, I'm not sure it was the keys or change that actually caused them.   And if you do put a case on it, then you're no longer really seeing the beautiful exterior design, so what was the point of all the effort?   I suppose it's the same as wearing elegant underwear. 

 

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As far as the list is concerned, I do think it's silly to compare products that have nothing to do with each other.

 

As for Android phones, while I've never actually used one enough to truly evaluate it, when I've played with them in retail, there are some aspects to them that I think are quite good and some of the UI is better than Apple's, IMO.     It's certainly seems to be a viable alternative, in any case.    Don't now if I'd still like it if I performed a full evaluation.   The sales person was all excited to show me how you can play a video and take a phone call at the same time, but why would I ever want to do that?   Useless functionality, IMO.  

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Consumer Reports disagrees. The iPhone 5 contains insufficient quantities of 1337 specs and Android.

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Was 'durability' considered as part of the judging criteria?  The anodize aluminium on the iPhone 5 can't withstand even a tiny scratch.  

 

It can. I’ve treated mine carelessly, and it looks brand-new down to the microscopic level (I grit my teeth in suspense and check).

 

In fact, previous iPhones would get little scratches form fumbling with the dock connector. I felt sure the new one would too: I got black! But no such problem. I scrape and scratch around the Lightning connector and the black coating is undamaged.

 

ALL objects can scratch. Therefore, people have been able to scratch an iPhone 5. I feel for those who scratch any new product—and ANY new product is vulnerable even if the media doesn’t have people worked up looking for scratches and posting pics :P

 

But it’s very rugged—and if you want scratch-proof, don’t look at the cheap plastic competitors....

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Was 'durability' considered as part of the judging criteria?  The anodize aluminium on the iPhone 5 can't withstand even a tiny scratch.  

 

Maybe next time you should just wait before buying a new product sight unseen and untested if every little nuance of a product design is uber important to you.  You're being completely ridiculous.  Even fancy expensive new cars don't come from the factory flawless and perfect in every way and this after years of production.  I waited for my iPhone5 and have been using it with no case or protective shield at all.  Looks brand new still.  Can't say if Apple changed anything to make this happen for my phone, but early adopters should realize they are taking a chance that they MIGHT be disappointed - especially if perfection is number one on your list of priorities.  Either way, a phone with a few scratches on it's surface is still just as usable as one without scratches assuming all else is the same.   You haven't lost any usability as a result of these scratches have you?

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I also have an iPhone 5 with no case - mine looks perfect 2 months later. Everyone told me to get a case or be sorry... I've heard that so many times. My secret? I keep it in my pocket when not in use. I dropped it once, but it still looks new.
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I hadn't heard of the Simple.TV, but that looks pretty cool. I can't imagine ever buying a camera, so no thanks Sony.

Not everyone needs dedicated HQ camera these days. Phone cameras are good enough for majority, especially with size/quolity limits enforced by web sites people use to share photos. Not unlike majority used to have small, basic fix lens P&S cameras in the 35mm film days, and were perfectly happy with them.

I happen to have RX100 and personally think it is awesome. A first pocketable camera with large sensor and IQ that is comparable to a few years old DSLRs, something we just could not expect to see a year back. Just based on that, my list would have that camera in 1st place - it is, in my mind, pushing boundaries in it's respective field more than any smartphone (compared to it's predecessors).
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Of course probably the most sold device with wifi this year is the IPhone 5 and it is only 3 months old yet I am surprised about the IPad not higher on the list but sinse there was two it would be hard to say.
What is wrong with the back of the IPhone 5 it is strong(a type of metal) and I would think stronger than glass.
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The magazine's list, compiled by author Harry McCracken,

 

I know this is so high school but did anyone else chuckle when they read this guy's name?

 

Paging Mike Hunt....

 

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Edit....and his brother's name is Phil.


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I've dropped my black iPhone 5 three times now (I know, I know). Perfect condition. Very rugged little device.

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I was thinking there was a chance I would still like my 4S better before I got my 5 because I liked how solid it felt.  Then the 5 blew my expectations away when I held and began using it.  By far Apple's best release of a gadget yet.  Truly amazing.  At first I felt like i should not be able to have something so powerful, fast, light, beautiful in my pocket.  Like only really affluent people that have multi-million dollar houses, drive ferraris, bentleys, and private jets would be able to have such a device.  But I had one !!! =)))

 

Black/Slate never a case but take great care of it, even though I run 20-25 miles a week with it; no scratches but shows slight wear around the bezel both sides. I dropped it from above head high trying to take a pic and it fell forward out of my hand on to my tile in the kitchen.  It hit on the corner and there is a small nick on each corner top to bottom.  Could see the unpolished aluminum but I used a black liquid sharpie to cover the nicks.  It is a phone.  Over year it can show wear and it is fine.  The phone is very solid and took that fall easy.  I remain very confident not having a case because even if I do happen to drop it again I know it will barely make a scratch.  

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I wonder what the 'Gadget Of The Year' was in 1945
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