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iPhone ousted by Google in innovation ranks

updated 01:00 pm EST, Fri December 28, 2007

Innovation Rankings 2007

Despite its features, the iPhone is not the most innovative development of 2007, according to PC World's top 25 list for 2007. The magazine instead presents the top award to Google Gears, the search engine giant's platform that allows Mac and Windows users to run web apps such as Google Reader and Zoho Writer without an active Internet connection. Though still in beta, Gears is more innovative for eliminating one of the last obstacles to abandoning at least some desktop-based software in favor of downloads.

The iPhone occupies second place for its somewhat mixed capabilities, the magazine explains. The touchscreen interface is labeled "intuitive and fun," particularly for its Safari browser, but is hampered by a few technical limitations such as its slower EDGE Internet access. Apple also occupies fourth place on the list for the Time Machine feature in Mac OS X Leopard, which is said to simplify the normally complex task of backing up and restoring files.

Other highlights of the list include the One Laptop Per Child project's XO notebook at third place, the Amazon Kindle e-book reader (fifth), and HP's TouchSmart all-in-one PC. Web-only services such as Facebook's app platform or finance tracker Mint also dominate the bottom half of the 25-member chart.



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  1. zl9600

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    could be...

    that Google's product is more of a product innovation for web applications, and I can see that. Apples iPhone is more of a industry paradigm shift, hence why it deserves the cover of Time magazine (read by about ten times PAID subscribers). It's worth noting, though, that these are the same tired arguments being trotted out against the iPhone by a publication that has, historically, made every attempt to discount Apple's products.

    I'm surprised they didn't criticize it's lack of a microwave oven controlling device.

  1. danviento

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    What a load

    Seriously. A beta program almost no one uses that's based on a business platform that's dicey at best, that beat out the iPhone? I guess that's PC world's deluded version of reality.

    My $.02: web based apps, should they EVER become popular, won't do so for some time now. There's just not enough perceived security compared to having your machine run the app and the file stay within a closed environment. The whole world isn't wired for ultra-fast internet, so the majority webapps are about as useful as Web 2.0 or my appendix, the latter of which is gone as of last month.

    Consider this a PC World flame post.

  1. robttwo

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    web-based c***

    Any of you ever have to work on network-dependent applications? You know, things like groupware on the local LAN.

    Any one who has knows the utter fallacy (and stupidity) of "webapps." I can't even begin to imagine ANYTHING of importance being done this way.

    But, maybe that's just me.

    Doofuses.

  1. testudo

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    Re: web-based c***

    Yet that is the only type of app the iPhone can run...

  1. McDave

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    Makes sense...

    The PC community always favours hypothetically useful technology above actually useful technology.

    McD

  1. McDave

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    re: re: web-based c***

    Except, of course, the iPhone apps that are built in. The ones which will be mostly commonly used.

    McD

  1. VHMP01

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    iBone Fanaticism?

    No second place ever… let’s put it this way:

    1. No 3G. 2. No handwriting recognition (Finger or Stylus). 3. Gets overheated with constant use. 4. Copied touch screen technology. 5. Copied name. 6. Only 1.3 Mp camera. 7. No camera stabilizer. 8. No zoom 9. No focus 10. No flash 11. No night shot 12. No real GPS 13. No on-board maps (nor mobile Google earth) 14. No MMS messages 15. No push-mail 16. No Skype 17. Slow Internet without flash or java support 18. No mobile TV 19. No memory card slots 20. No 3G or higher 21. Has to change screens just for a "Dot" or a "Coma" 22. Not many languages support 23. No voice recognition 24. Not very customizable. 25. Very few applications. 26. Stocked with a 2 year contract. 27. Needs to wipe off smudges frequently. 28. No good for e-mail response. 29. Bad screen refresh. 30. No help icon.

  1. Peter753

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    Hmmm...

    I like how this guy has zero posts ^^^^

  1. macnixer

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    ibone or not

    vhmp01, guess what? I still don't have an iPhone because I have to travel across the world frequently. Not having to pay big $$$, I prefer to carry a phone I purchased in Asia. allows me to change the SIM. iPhone is a phone and I don;t care if it took pictures or not. Whether it makes my tea (I prefer it over caffein) or not I don;t care. I like the simple interface and the natural flow of the "phone". Now if you think that the iPhone is not something that changed how the rest of the world looked at phones before it was released, you may want to whine about it not bringing you the paper in the morning. Oh I guess it would if you have WIFI at home cause you don't like 2.5G....

  1. VHMP01

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    iBone or not

    I’ll give you that one macnixer, very intuitive and nice UI.

    Nevertheless, they been trying to sell it as the next world wonder, and to be honest… it is a nice design phone and great media player. Now, seeing the amazing features on today’s gadgets, come on… my iPAQ hw6945 (over one and a half years old) with SPB Pocket Plus & SPB Mobile Shell (http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com) did all those iPhone ‘touch’, multimedia & web browsing (including tabs, zoom and span) wonders, with the touch screen plus great sync and office applications. Yes, crappy camera too.

    Therefore, it is a bit sickening to keep hearing all those copied ideas and believing they are original, plus rising them as the best thing that has happened to mankind.

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