This post was part of AOL Money & Finance's Best & Worst of 2007 feature. The voting has now closed and readers have chosen Apple's iPhone as the hottest gadget of the year. Be sure and let us know in the comments if you are pleased with this result.
2007 was definitely the year of the gadget. Every year, personal electronics get sleeker, attain more cutting-edge technology and functionality, and make their way into the the pockets and homes of millions of consumers. So, let's decide on which one was the biggest hitter this year, shall we?
First up, the Apple iPhone. Arguable the largest and most anticipated cell phone launch in history was in the news constantly form its January announcement until its June launch with partner AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: APPL) shined again as a marketing machine and hyped the iPhone as much as it could while tech blogs and the news media seemed to have a lust for the device months before it ever hit a single hand. What the iPhone lacked in features it made up for in style and user experience. The device sold more than a million units in the first three months it was sold, and has helped Apple maintain its aura as the coolest tech company on the planet this year.
Next, we have the Nintendo Wii. This $250 gaming system is the size of a large hardback book but has great graphics and a whole new way to play games. It's not nearly as cutting edge as the Sony PlayStation 3 or Microsoft Xbox 360, but that's not what it's about. The Wii was meant for everyone (not just gamers), and the way it makes players physically interact with games has been hailed as brilliant. Consumers think so too, as the Wii has outsold the Xbox 360 almost every single month in 2007, and is way ahead of the more expensive PlayStation 3 in unit sales as well.
For those who shunned Apple's iPhone for that massive amount of corporate email that needs responding to on the road, we have the BlackBerry Curve. This new Research in Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) product combined the ease of managing multiple email accounts from a cell phone (and a functional keyboard as well) with the design sophistication of a high-end consumer cell phone, complete with megapixel camera, MP3 player, and advanced video functions. Those business consumers who also want a touch of fun-n-play with that BlackBerry chained to their hip got it this year with the Curve.
Last but not least, we have the Apple iPod Touch. This sophisticated iPod is basically the iPhone without the phone. It has the super-click touch interface, 8GB to 16GB of capacity, it's super-slim, and easily the coolest iPod ever built. For those who don't want the shackles to an AT&T contract at a minimum of $60 a month for 24 months, the iPod Touch is the solution.
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