It’s official — the Motorola Droid has kicked the iPhone off the pedestal to take the title in Time Magazine’s 2009 Gadget of the Year. As for the Apple smartphone, it didn’t even come in second. Or third. No, it weighed in at fourth place.
Okay, as an iPhone user, this is kind of distressing — but not entirely surprising. The iPhone is more than a couple of years old now, and meanwhile the recent launch of the Moto handset has become the biggest thing in Android to date. And its support and massive promotion by Verizon shattered the carrier’s rep of “great network, lousy phone line-up.”
The Time article points out that the Droid is "Android's first credible challenge to the iPhone." Sadly the Palm Pre — an earlier favorite for the role of “iPhone Killer” — didn’t even register into the top ten. (As a side note, I wonder how the buzz might change once it gets added to Big Red’s portfolio next year. We’ll have to wait and see.)
For more, check out Time’s video highlighting its top 10 coolest gadgets by hitting the link below.
Time Magazine’s Top 10 Gadgets of 2009 (click the link to view)
[Full disclosure: I used to work at Time Inc. But no, I had absolutely, positively nothing to do with these rankings, so please don’t credit — or shoot — the messenger.]