According to TIME Magazine’s Top 10 Gadgets of 2012, the iPhone 5 is the no.1 gadget of 2012.
Announced back in September, and due for a local release in two days, the iPhone 5 launched yet another intense scramble for pre-orders as well as long lines leading up to Apple Stores worldwide. It even broke the record for the fastest-selling phone on pre-order (that as held by the iPhone 4S). Featuring a larger 4-inch screen and Apple’s latest A6 processor, it faced plenty of criticism after one fiasco after another, most notably Scratchgate. Of course, that didn’t stop others from buying it to see it for themselves, as Apple have continually low on stocks for the iPhone 5 until today.
But, is it really the gadget of the year?
Scanning through the list, the only other smartphone that made the list was Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, and that came in at a lowly number 8. Samsung’s wildly popular flagship Galaxy SIII, which sold 30 million units worldwide in five months, is not in the list. Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920, boasting superior imaging prowess and build quality, is also not in the list. Google’s impressive Nexus 4 smartphone is also missing in action.
Of course, we understand that this is not a list of smartphones of the year. But when a smartphone that has hardly any new innovations compared to its predecessors takes the throne of gadget of the year, ahead of Sony’s amazing RX100 pocket camera, or the innovative Wii U gaming console, something isn’t quite right.