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Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 12:17 pm PT (03:17 pm ET)

Time Magazine names Apple's iPhone 5 its 'Gadget of the Year'

In its annual list of the best gadgets available, Time has named Apple's new iPhone 5 the top device of 2012, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also made the cut.

The magazine's list, compiled by author Harry McCracken, praised the iPhone 5 as "one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone's ever built." He said it outperforms other "nifty" smartphones, like Samsung's Galaxy S III.

"When it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer," he said.

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In taking first place, Apple edged out Nintendo's newly released Wii U game console. The new platform includes a controller with a tablet-style touchscreen.

Though the Wii U GamePad is tablet-like, it's not a direct competitor to Apple's iPad, as the controller is actually driven wirelessly by the Wii U console. As such, Nintendo's new GamePad accessory cannot be used as a gaming or tablet-style device on the go.

Also on Time's list is Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, taking sixth place. McCracken called Apple's top-of-the-line notebook a "joy to use."

The full list of Time's 'Top 10 Gadgets' of 2012 is included below:
  • 1. Apple iPhone 5
  • 2. Nintendo Wii U
  • 3. Sony Cyber-shot RX100
  • 4. Raspberry Pi Model B
  • 5. Lytro
  • 6. Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • 7. Microsoft Surface with Windows RT
  • 8. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  • 9. Nest
  • 10. Simple.TV