Time Magazine: The 10 Best Gadgets of the Decade

Time Magazine is publishing the top ten gadgets list of the last decade. A few comments are in order.

Apple's iPad
Photo by Marek Levák

Each gadget tells the story of a new way of thinking, a slow-moving paradigm shift set to change the way we approach the personal technology we interact with on a daily basis

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Being meaningful

I like how Time Magazine look at this exercise of selecting meaningful tech products. Products are not always just throwable artifacts, they can transform society in unexpected ways. They complement humans and help them reach new heights.

1. Apple iPad2010
2. Tesla Model S2012
3. Raspberry Pi2012
4. Google Chromecast2013
5. DJI Phantom2013
6. Amazon Echo2014
7. Apple Watch2015
8. Apple AirPods2016
9. Nintendo Switch2017
10. Xbox Adaptive Controller2018

The iPad’s first place is fully merited. After ten years, while sales slowed (but rebounded) are not what they used to be. Still, the iPad is owning the tablet category. This is not a tablet market, this is the iPad market. Period.

AirPods [read my review of the AirPods Pro here] at position 8 is interesting but as we go forward in time, I suspect this product will see even more success. Coupled with the Apple Watch, wearables is a rising category where Apple is leading by a wide margin. Who knows what this product category will be made of in the next ten years.

Something is missing

You may not agree with Time Magazine’s list as products can have different impacts on our personal life. For me, the iPad first place is exactly in line with my own view. Finally, there is something missing. It is not a product but it is a feature: cameras within our smartphones. They are so good they allow for so much potential to be released in general photography. That is really powerful.

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