updated 05:40 pm EST, Tue December 8, 2009
Droid picked for free nav, keyboard, more
Time today provided a minor surprise by giving the Motorola Droid a first-place finish in its Gadget of the Year countdown (video below). The Android phone won for including free turn-by-turn GPS through Google Maps Navigation as well as having both a large (3.7-inch) touchscreen and a hardware QWERTY keyboard. In comparison, the iPhone 3GS only reached fourth place, earning the spot for popularizing augmented reality through apps like Layar and Yelp.
Other highlights included the just-shipping Barnes & Noble Nook, whose secondary touchscreen and friends system put it at second place, and Dell's Adamo XPS earned sixth place for its extremely thin design.
The pick is a rare win for Motorola, which hasn't had a major device to carry its sales and garner attention since the RAZR in 2005. Apple has been a regular mainstay of Time's gadget and invention lists but this year was limited to just the iPhone's mid-field performance; many of its introductions this year were evolutions of existing designs rather than major overhauls or new creations.