Time magazine picks iPhone 5 as top gadget of 2012

Time magazine picks iPhone 5 as top gadget of 2012

The biggest surprise in Time's annual list of the year's top 10 gadgets is that Samsung's Galaxy SIII is nowhere to be seen, although the publication does put the South Korean company's phablet, the Galaxy Note II, in eighth place referring to the device as the "anti-iPhone."

The iPhone was one of two Apple products to make the top 10, the other being its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which came in sixth, one place above the Microsoft Surface RT. Of Microsoft's first venture into the hardware market, Time said: "[The Surface is] one of the sleekest, most ambitious devices ever to run Windows. The magnesium case looks and feels good and the integrated kickstand is beautifully done."

The magazine named the Nintendo Wii U as the second best gadget of the year and the top three was rounded out by Sony's Cyber-shot RX100 digital camera.

Time's top 10 gadgets of 2012

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 smart thermostat
10. Simple.TV