TIME magazine has crowned the iPhone 5 its ‘Gadget of the Year in its yearly list of the years best gadgets. The iPhone made it to the top by defeating many rival products by Samsung, Microsoft, Nintendo and more. Interestingly the iPhone 5 also topped one of Apple’s own products – the Retina Macbook Pro. Here is what author Harry McCracken had to say about the iPhone 5 –

Apple may be responsible for more than its share of the tech industry’s great leaps forward, but it’s at least as good at fussing over the tiny little details other companies ignore. The iPhone 5, which starts at $199 with a two-year contract, is one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone’s ever built, with a taller screen than previous iPhones built into a thinner, lighter case. The camera, with a particularly well-done panorama mode, is another highlight. There are lots of nifty smartphones out there, including the iPhone’s impressive archrival, Samsung’s Galaxy S III. But when it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer.

Here are some other gadgets that made the top ten list –

  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nintendo Wii U
  3. Sony Cyber-shot RX100
  4. Raspberry Pi Model B
  5. Lytro camera
  6. Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
  7. Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
  8. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  9. Nest Learning thermostat
  10. Simple.TV

It is a little shocking that the list does not contain any Apple tablet, considering how well the iPad Mini has done since its release (Definitely better than the Surface in my opinion). In both 2010 and 2011, Apple tablets topped the list. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display coming in at 6th position does provide some consolation.