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Last week we asked you to choose which company is most worthy of “best of 2012” title Which Major Company Is The Best Of 2012? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Major Company Is The Best Of 2012? [MakeUseOf Poll] Last December, exactly one year ago, I asked you to choose which company was your favorite during the year 2011 . Surprisingly, although many things have happened in 2012, the list I presented last year... Read More . The poll was identical to one we held last year, with the intention to see the differences between 2011 and 2012 for the big companies that shape the world of technology. While not as many readers voted as last year (probably due to the poll’s timing), an interesting picture still emerged. For comparison’s sake, last year’s results are presented in brackets next to this year’s.

Out of 365 votes in total (compared to 543 last year), the results were as follows: Nokia arrived in last place, with 1% of the votes (0.3% last year), next was Facebook with 2% of the votes (3% last year), 5% voted for Mozilla (26% last year), 8% voted for Amazon (10% last year), 9% voted for Microsoft (4% last year), Apple received 11% of the votes (19% last year), in second place came Samsung with 19% of the votes (8% last year), and the winner of the best company of 2012 is…. Google! With 39% of the votes (26% last year).

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

It’s interesting to note that the winner this year and last year received that exact same amount of votes: 143. Last year it was Mozilla who took the title, with Google trailing close behind. This year Mozilla was no where in sight, leaving the road wide open for Google.

This week’s poll question is: Which Is The Best & Most Significant Gadget Of 2012?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

So after you’ve decided that Google is the best company of the year, it’s time to find out which gadget made the most impact in 2012. Many new gadgets were introduced in the past year, and natrually, the poll can’t include them all. To make out lives simpler, I focused the poll on the most discussed gadgets on MakeUseOf, which are smartphones, tablets, game consoles. As usual, if you don’t see your favorite gadget in the list, you can always choose “other”. So which awesome new gadget made your year?

Did you vote for “other”? Don’t forget to tell us in the comments which gadget you liked best. We’d also love to hear all about why you voted for the one you did. Let’s hear it!

  1. EdmarJohn SanDiego
    January 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Microsoft Surface really stepped up the standing of Microsoft's place in the tablet market.
    It really made a cheap, great, easy to use tablet which doesn't follow the flow that the Android and the Apple manufacturers bring.
    I my opnion a few years from now microsoft will make a killing in the tablet industry with the technology that they have.

  2. Kamran Fayyaz
    January 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Ainol novo 7 Flame!

  3. Sean McKnight
    January 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    IMHO, all this represents is the effect of marketing. Most significant technological event? Landing Curiosity rover on Mars

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      It's not a gadget, but it sure was important. Thanks!

  4. Ashwin Divakaran
    January 1, 2013 at 7:22 am

    My Vote For Nokia Lumia 900.

    January 1, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Of all the tablets listed, I personnally like the Google Nexus 7. Not only for the price but most importantly the features is provides. It has a very clean surface which is cluttered with buttons and it has a lot of other features I like but don't have the time to go into. I have a Nook now and I really want the Nexus 7 but I can't justify yet!

  6. prasanna
    January 1, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Are you against HTC? HTC ONE X is far better than Samsung S3 & Iphone5 and it is my choice.

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Not against, just couldn't think of and include everything that came out last year. The One X is a great addition!

  7. Obed Cutaran
    December 31, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I was thinking of giving my vote to Nexus 7 because it has the best specs and for it's current market price it's a steal, but I don't want to vote for something that is on the list. Can I recommend something? Probably not, because the rest is just an "improved" or "upgraded" version of it's previous version.

    We've been in this market for too long, we need something new, something really innovating that would change our life upside down. We need something like internet and email on the 90s, smartphone on the 2000s, iPhone on the 2007. We need something that would really revolutionize the way we live.

    Today's gadgets are just improved-faster-thinner-lighter version of the previous its model that has some added feature similar to competitor A's device but a bit better because we added something new to it that we got from competitor B's device.

    What we need is something new, something fresh and hopefully 2013 will give us something that will change the market and the industry.

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Here's hoping!

  8. Rob Hindle
    December 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    There's an awful lot of "me too" gadgets so we get down to things like feature comparison between mobile phones. It's the "firsts", the ground-breakers, that deserve real note. In that case I'd vote for Raspberry Pi. You could argue that it's in the same territory as Arduino that's been around for a few years. While there's some truth in that, RasPi is such a major advance on Arduino it's almost like comparing today's colour, HD, stereo, 3D, 50inch, multi-channel TV with a B&W 10 inch single channel TV of the early 1950s.

    In practise we sometimes find that the transformative technologies are only recognised as such in hindsight. SMS text messaging wasn't originally recognised as having the mass-market appeal that turned out to be the case.

    As regards Mobile phones - the battleground is currently between Android and iPhone. For many of the proponents that's not a debate about function but partly fashion and partly it seems to get closer to religious belief systems. For some if you criticise Apple it's not the technology but that person's belief system you are criticising. You are on as dangerous and unwinnable ground as if you were to criticise their religious or political beliefs. Apple has replaced God so even when it appears to have done something unwise we only think that because we lack the wisdom to see the truth.

  9. George
    December 31, 2012 at 10:28 am

    It's not fair, you should have included Nokia Lumia 920 not 900.

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      I included the 900 because it made a real splash, was chosen best phone of CES, etc. When the 920 came out, it didn't feel the same. I had a hard time deciding, and ended up going for the 900, although it's the older model.

  10. Farhad Shah
    December 31, 2012 at 8:01 am

    there should be galaxy note 2

  11. Junil Maharjan
    December 31, 2012 at 5:05 am

    portable gaming system went downhill. i wanted to choose samsung s3, nexus7 and microsoft surface but i chose windows surface since it was the technology that was much different than the others though many criticized it.

  12. Rajaa Chowdhury
    December 31, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Home » Opinion & Polls »
    Which Is The Best & Most Significant Gadget Of 2012? [MakeUseOf Poll]

    Who had the best comment? You were mentioning the winners in the last two results but unfortunately, again it stopped. Doesn't give the impetus to comment really then.

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      There's actually always a winner, I just don't always mention it in the post. I didn't know if people were actually looking at the best comments. It's nice to know that you do, and I will mention them always from now on. Thanks for the feedback!

  13. Achraf Almouloudi
    December 31, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I see Apple getting beaten here. Google and Samsung rocks it.

  14. Sashritha Peiris
    December 31, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I think all these devices are really great but the google nexus is the best. Google has a open operating system and requires no illegal stuff for a user to use it to it's max capability. And google provides far more features then apple in terms of cloud storage Google plus for social networking, Goole drive for creating and editing documents in the cloud, Picasa for editing documents in the cloud or on you device, Gmail for your email, google sites for website making, blogger for making blogs, and hundreds more. Google keeps all of your data in sync accross ALL of your devices, including Mac, PC iOS devices, Linux, Ubuntu, Android, black berry and even some nokia phones.

  15. Adrian Rea
    December 31, 2012 at 2:00 am

    What?!! Where was the Raspberry Pi?or was that on last years' list?

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      That's a good addition! If only I remembered to include the "other" option. :)

  16. Yuk Ho Chung
    December 31, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Google Nexus 7 that came with the new Jelly Bean =D and it's a cheap tablet with good specs

  17. Richard Borkovec
    December 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I'm split between the S3 and Nexus 7, but in the end went with the S3. It was the first phone to finally outsell the iPhone, and is a true competitor even after the iPhone 5 was released. I've used an S3, and it's absolutely amazing.

    On the other hand, I personally own a Nexus 7, and it's what took me away from the Apple world completely. The tablet runs smooth as butter, fits perfectly in the hand, and doesn't feel cheap even though it is. It is what mainly sparked the "cheap tablet" race we're about to see in 2013.

  18. Alan Wade
    December 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    "Did you vote for “other”?
    If you did please tell me how you did it as it isnt one of the options :)

    • Timothy Liem
      December 31, 2012 at 5:37 am

      ahaha.. I'm looking for it too. gonna vote for iPad Nano 5th

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Oh, darn! Did I forget to include it?? There were so many options, it just slipped out. Sorry! My bad. Thanks for pointing it out.

  19. Javier Vega
    December 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Personally i go for the Nexus 7, i own one and has been a nice addition to my devices, i had no tablet before, but was looking for something not of the size of a 10" screen, Nexus 7 was the perfect choice for me and i'm greatly grateful for what the device lets me do on the go.

  20. Freedom Crowley
    December 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    iphone? really?

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