Top 10 gadgets of 2012 according to Time

The end of the year is time for reflection and top 10 lists from the world’s tech publications, and Time is no different.

Time’s list is fairly consumer focused, with only the Raspberry Pi making it to the top 10 as an enthusiast device that requires somewhat advanced technical skill to use.

Interestingly, Apple’s latest iPad didn’t make the list while the new MacBook Pro with its ultra high resolution Retina display did.

The tablet PC that made the list was Microsoft’s ARM-based Surface running Windows RT.

The top 10 list of gadgets according to Time magazine is as follows:

10. Simple.TV


Simple.TV is a personal digital video recorder that streams live and recorded TV programs to web-connected devices like the iPad, Roku media streamer, and PCs and Macs. It includes a single HDTV tuner that records to an external USB-connected hard drive.

9. Nest

Nest thermostat
Nest thermostat

A learning thermostat. Yes, Time chose a thermostat for its number nine gadget of 2012. It must be one helluva thermostat.

8. Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 S Pen
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 S Pen

The second iteration of Samsung’s “phablet”. Or perhaps “tablone”?

7. Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Microsoft Surface with kickstand deployed and touch cover attached
Microsoft Surface with kickstand deployed and touch cover attached

6. Apple 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display

15-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display
15-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display

Are Apple’s new MacBook Pros with Retina displays ultrabooks? Thin, light, no optical drive, and solid-state storage seems to fit the bill. Regardless of where you stand on the debate, the selling point of these notebooks are their ultra high resolution displays.

5. Lytro

Lytro publicity shot
Lytro publicity shot

A “light field” camera that promises “pictures worth exploring”.

4. Raspberry Pi Model B

Raspberry Pi Model B

The $35 PC (excl. VAT, $42 including according to the RS Electronics website), complete with USB ports, Ethernet port, SD card slot, and 3.5mm audio jack, powered by micro USB.

3. Sony Cybershot RX100

Sony Cybershot RX100

The pocket-sized DSC-RX100 features the world’s first 1.0 type CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm) with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels and F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 3.6x optical zoom lens.

2. Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo has continued their knack for innovation in the home console arena by introducing their new Wii U console which features a 6-inch touchscreen GamePad for another level of interaction with video games. The Wii U also supports the previous generation of games and controls to make for one of the most well-rounded gaming consoles currently available.

1. iPhone 5

iPhone 5 white
iPhone 5 white

The iPhone 5 boasts a thinner profile than the iPhone 4S, and at 7.6mm thick Apple claimed that new device is 18% thinner than its predecessor. At 112 grams is is also 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S.

Apple’s iPhone 5 features a larger 4-inch display running at a resolution of 1136×640, changing the aspect ratio of the display to 16:9.

Mobile broadband technologies such as HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE have also been added.

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