Droid Beats iPhone 3GS For Time Magazine’s Top Gadget Of 2009
In a bit of a surprising twist, Time magazine has named the Motorola Droid the number one gadget of 2009 on their list of top tech toys for the year. The device beat out the iPhone 3GS, who’s predecessor took the top slot last year. The main reason they give for the honor of number one is that in their opinion, it’s the first device to pair the hardware with the Google Android OS, positioning it to be the first real iPhone competitor.
“The Droid is a hefty beast, a metal behemoth without the gloss and finish of the iPhone, but you don’t miss it,” the magazine said. “The Droid’s touchscreen is phenomenally sharp and vivid, it has an actual physical (not great, but good enough) keyboard, and best of all, the Droid is on Verizon’s best-of-breed 3G network. It’s Android’s first credible challenge to the iPhone.”
Their praise of the iPhone 3GS was less than glimmering, noting that the new device boasts little more than a speed increase.
“Take the iPhone. Make it faster. There, you’re done,” the story said. “Yes, the 3GS has a better camera — with video. And it has a compass and voice control. Those are all improvements over the original. But the main point of, and the best thing about, the new iPhone is speed. It has more of it. Period.”