TIME Magazine Names Motorola DROID Gadget of the Year

Wow, work it, droid. Motorola’s highly popular Android smartphone has been awarded the number one spot in time Magazine’s Gadget category for The Top 10 Everything of 2009. The justification for the top spot is very clear:

"Everybody likes Android, Google’s open-source smartphone operating system. But a smartphone operating system isn’t all that satisfying without an actual kick-ass smartphone wrapped around it."

This is absolutely true – Google is providing the playground for manufacturers, and that’s it. It’s up to them to take Android and do something awesome with it, namely by way of hardware. Between this award and the upcoming Sholes, Opus One, LaJolla, and other mystery projects, Motorola’s ride with Android is looking promising. The iPhone 3GS was the only other mobile phone on the gadget list, and it managed to snag the number four spot, although it had been number one in the past. Tough break, iPhone, but what do the rest of you think? Was there a more worthy handset to earn the Gadget of the Year title? How about Phone of the Year? No Palm Pre?

[via time]

  • Daniel Perez

    The DROID is an amazing device, although I am concerned with this selection for gadget of the year since the DROID has only been on the market for a little over a month. That shouldn’t take away from how great of a handset it is, but I really do think the editors at TIME might have been a little love-struck in choosing the DROID.

    Hopefully this will be the shot in the butt that Apple needs to really go above and beyond with their next iPhone update. The 3GS was a step in the right direction, but it was a very small one.

  • jerry

    Yuck! Butt ugly phone, with not enough ram, and a horrible keyboard running on a carrier that charges $300+ for early termination and gouges customers.

    • Daniel Perez
      • jerry

        Well, I wasn’t really thrilled with their commercials either.

        I um, neither want Hal nor a cylon for my little robot buddy. Especially when I keep that robot in my pocket, next to um, … my car keys and wallet.

    • nemov

      The keyboard isn’t horrible. The Droid’s competition doesn’t have one. It’s not ugly. Why would a terminate the contract on a phone I absolutely love?

      • jerry

        At the end of 2 years, I think the FCC is saying the ETF is STILL almost $200. So you’re okay with neverending ETFs?

        (If you like the keyboard go for it. I thought it was terrible.)

    • LOL@iPhone

      Hate to break it to you but theres 256 RAM onboard the DROID which is the same as your beloved iPhone 3GS. Nice try.

  • Jim Barnes

    The Droid is the best. Crushes my friend’s Iphone for internet speed, clarity plus verbal maps/directions for free in my car. The on screen key board works fine for me. Suggests the word as soon as I start typing!!

  • jerry cusick

    How do I get an e-mail address to time to submit a new gadget ? Thanks, Jerry in Colorado.

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