updated 09:10 am EDT, Wed September 17, 2008
iPhone wins Stuff award
The iPhone 3G has been voted Gadget of the Year by readers of Stuff magazine, says Reuters. The device beat out a number of rivals, including Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, the Wii Fit add-on from Nintendo, and B&W's Zeppelin iPod speakers. Products were rated in categories including performance, design and value, as well as "cool factor;" in this regard the iPhone 3G is described as a "faster, cleverer version of an already remarkable phone," referring to the original iPhone's award last year.
The 3G version did not however take home the editorial staff's choice for top gadget, which instead went to the ASUS Eee PC, generally considered to be the first netbook to achieve widespread popularity.
The iPhone 3G's Stuff award comes in spite of fierce criticism in some quarters, to the extent of attracting three separate lawsuits over dropped calls, unreliable 3G service, and crashing software downloads. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has admitted to the former two problems, but insists they have affected only 2 percent of iPhone owners.