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iPhone named TIME 'Invention of the Year'

updated 01:10 pm EDT, Thu November 1, 2007

iPhone wins Time award

Apple's iPhone has been selected as TIME's Invention of the Year, the magazine has announced. Five reasons are cited: on a superficial level, the iPhone is said to be extremely attractive, taking account of design touches that many technology companies do not consider, but which make a device more interesting to paying customers as well as easier to use. Secondly, the phone's touchscreen interface is said to be the first to genuinely combine a touchscreen with natural motions, such as flicking through album covers or "stretching" photos.

TIME further credits the iPhone as a true "handheld, walk-around computer," making it a platform rather than a limited collection of applications, although having a mobile Google Maps is cited as particular advantage. The magazine also acknowledges that it is not yet a fully-developed platform, this only expected after the release of an SDK in February.

Finally, the iPhone is expected to only become cheaper and more functional in later versions, while it may already be fostering incentives for cellular networks -- including AT&T -- to liberate their restrictions on phone makers, who have previously had to constrain features such as Internet use to fit with existing subscription plans.

The TIME award is the second best-of laurel from a major publication within a week, the phone having previously received a Gadget of the Year title from the British magazine Stuff.




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  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wait wait...

    Everybody knows the iPhone is an unmitigated disaster that nobody wants. On top of that Apple is the most evil company on the face of the earth. Don't believe me? Just go to any public forum and read the bad news, the whining, the bitching, the complaints, the solemn pronouncements of "useless to me" and "unless this feature is immediately implemented".

    I swear you'd think the entire world is against the iPhone. But wait, that's because the complainers get press and bandwidth. They are in the itssy-bittsy, teensy-weensy minority but one wouldn't know that from the forums and blogs. Meanwhile the iPhone continues to sell in the millions. I guess the real world is blissfully unaware of the disaster that is the iPhone, according to user satisfaction polls. Go figure.

  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    troll

    whatever, go back to smoking crack.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Invention of the Year

    "Apple's iPhone has been selected as TIME's Invention of the Year"

    Enough said.

  1. ArloLeach

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    deleted

    deleted

  1. ArloLeach

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    troll?

    You missed the sarcasm in that first post.

  1. ArloLeach

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    deleted

    deleted

  1. ArloLeach

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    deleted

    deleted

  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sarcasm?

    no I think he's a troll…

  1. trevj

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re. sarcasm

    Beluga, I suggest you go back and read the first post s-l-o-w-l-y and carefully, especially the second paragraph. It's dripping with sarcasm and irony. I had to wipe my monitor after reading it. If he's trolling, I'd say he just landed one honkin' belugashark!

  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    oh…

    ok… yes it is sarcasm. Now if you'd excuse me I need to take my chill-pill

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