Motorola Droid’s first place in the Time’s Gadget of the Year contest was not a major surprise. The Android-based handset won the contest for having a large 3.7-inch touchscreen and a hardware QWERTY keyboard and also for sporting free turn-by-turn GPS using Google Maps Navigation. The iPhone 3GS, ranked fourth, has earned this position thanks to applications like Yelp and Layar popularizing augmented reality.
Other competitors also presented remarkable products, like Barnes & Noble with its Nook, ranked second for its secondary touchscreen and friends system, and Dell with its Adamo XPS, ranked sixth for its design extremely thin.
This win is rare enough for Motorola, which has not had such a competitive product to boost its sales since the RAZR in 2005. As for Apple, it continues to be an important actor of this contest, but it was limited this year to the iPhone’s mid-field performance. Many of this year’s introductions from Apple were improvements of existing designs rather than being new creations or significantly reviewed versions.