Time listed their top ten gadgets of the year, and the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, Apple 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and Raspberry Pi Model B placed at 8, 7, 6, and 4 respectively. More importantly to gamers, the Wii U managed second place on the list, while the iPhone 5 managed to run away with the top spot.
“The stakes are high for this $299.99 game console: It’s the follow-up to 2006’s phenomenally successful Wii, which changed gaming forever with its motion-sensing Wii Remote,” said Harry McCracken of the Wii U. “The Wii U’s key innovation is its GamePad, a game controller with a built-in 6.2” touchscreen. It interacts with your TV in different ways in different games, and has the potential to be a big deal if game developers make good use of it. Also potentially huge: TVii, which combines streaming video from sources such as Netflix with your cable lineup and TiVo recordings. It’s the first time that the famously game-centric Nintendo has poured its heart and soul into a non-gaming feature.”
“Apple may be responsible for more than its share of the tech industry’s great leaps forward, but it’s at least as good at fussing over the tiny little details other companies ignore,” noted McCracken. “The iPhone 5, which starts at $199 with a two-year contract, is one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone’s ever built, with a taller screen than previous iPhones built into a thinner, lighter case. The camera, with a particularly well-done panorama mode, is another highlight. There are lots of nifty smartphones out there, including the iPhone’s impressive archrival, Samsung’s Galaxy S III. But when it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer.”