PC World names the 25 Most Innovative Products of the Year

PC World has put together a top 25 list of the most innovative products of the year 2007, noting the “Innovation”, the “Benefit” and a brief overview of each. All entries on the list are somehow tech-related and all are available either in-store or online right now. I personally can’t wrap my head around how the order of this list was devised, or how some products even made it on the list, but I’m sure the reasoning is clear to someone. Have a look at the list and let us know what you think of it, and what your top 25 would be!

1. Google Gears
2. Apple iPhone
3. One Laptop per Child XO
4. Time Machine, in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
5. Amazon Kindle
6. NetGear Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000
7. HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC
8. AT&T Tilt
9. Facebook API
10. DeviceVM Splashtop
11. Toshiba Portege R500
12. Data Robotics Drobo
13. Hybrid Hard Drives
14. Eye-Fi Card
15. Panasonic TH-42PZ700U
16. Yamaha Tenori-On
17. Zoho Notebook
18. 'In Rainbows' by Radiohead
19. IOGear Wireless USB Hub and Adapter
20. Mint.com
21. Microsoft Popfly
22. Sprint Airave
23. Ask.com
24. eXpresso
25. Kodak EasyShare All-In-One Printers

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After reading a news stand copy of PC World and their review for the IPhone I lost all faith in them as product reviewers. The only thing innovative about the eyefone is the touch screen. Other than that it's some technology beneath that they charge a premium for.

OMG can't believe the HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC is at number 7! The Dell FeelSoft OP230 PC isn't even on the list!

They might as well rename themselves HPWorld!

It's PCWorld, I didn't expect anything other than junk. This isn't even worth to be on the front page anymore. The "Bild Zeitung" is better than this, pff.

Me too, it's the first in a whole new generation of ultraportable laptops, the X-O isn't even anything normal people could use in their everyday life.

I love how up-in-arms everyone here gets when a linux/mac/google invention is placed before a microsoft one. Quite amusing, really, but to the consumer, these are the ones that have the most impact. Sorry.

Also, to all you time machine critics, obviously you haven't used it before. The point is not that it backs up your files. The point is that it is fully integrated into the system so even the most computer-illiterate can enable it and use it, yet it is still powerful enough. THAT is why it is innovation.

Because Mac users don't know how to use a computer? Interesting. Maybe next they'll invent the car you don't have to full up with gas or oil or recharge.. hell, it'll even drive you!

RAID 0 said,
Because Mac users don't know how to use a computer? Interesting. Maybe next they'll invent the car you don't have to full up with gas or oil or recharge.. hell, it'll even drive you!

In Soviet Russia, car already drives YOU!

Wow the only one i really have a problem with is time machine. Oh and I would have thrown the Zune 2's on there, the wireless sync though not useful is still quite amazing to me.

NAT1V3 said,
Wow the only one i really have a problem with is time machine. Oh and I would have thrown the Zune 2's on there, the wireless sync though not useful is still quite amazing to me.


Zunes are garbage, why would you put it on a list of so called innovations?

z0phi3l said,
Zunes are garbage, why would you put it on a list of so called innovations?

The Facebook API is garbage, why would you put it on a list of so called innovations?

z0phi3l said,


Zunes are garbage, why would you put it on a list of so called innovations?

I have yet to find a Zune in the trash. If you do so, please let me know. I want one and will pay for the postage.

Magallanes said,
But we are talking about 2007 products and sliced bread was invented by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1512.

ah....you missed the sarcasm..
my bad....:D

I'm very disappointed in PC World's list. I was expecting to see

1. Mac Pro

2. MacBook Pro

3. MacBook

4. iMac

5. Mac OS X Leopard

6. iPhone

7. iPod

8. MacWorld 2007

9. All things Apple

10. Everything else

internetworld7 said,
I'm very disappointed in PC World's list. I was expecting to see

1. Mac Pro

2. MacBook Pro

3. MacBook

4. iMac

5. Mac OS X Leopard

6. iPhone

7. iPod

8. MacWorld 2007

9. All things Apple

10. Everything else

Yeah, and if you smoke any more of that Apple crack its going to kill you...

Lt-DavidW said,
I take it that your comment is an ironic stab at the ignorance of Apple fans?

If so, it was hilarious!

It was not a stab at Apple fans. It was a stab at the Apple drone(s) that plague this site and spew out the same inane comments over and over thinking they're being clever. THEY, not the company or their products, are what makes me want to shoot myself in the stomach before I'd buy anything from Apple.

GreyWolfSC said,
THEY, not the company or their products, are what makes me want to shoot myself in the stomach before I'd buy anything from Apple. ;)

The annoying minority of Mac users isn't a good enough reason to deny yourself The Joy of Mac. Besides, who's more likely to be a drone: the one who uses an OS with 5% market share or the one with 90%?

Neomac v6 said,
The annoying minority of Mac users isn't a good enough reason to deny yourself The Joy of Mac.

There only is an annoying minority of Mac users...

Neomac v6 said,
Besides, who's more likely to be a drone: the one who uses an OS with 5% market share or the one with 90%?

The 5% who all parrot the same corporate spin and who buy into the same niche marketing/bandwagon ad campaigns. "Think different" means "think the same as the Apple collective".

Whether you realize it or not, Apple drones are just the Scientologists of the IT world. :)

I use my PC in an entirely different way than him, or you, or them, or everyone else. And you have to use your Mac the exact same way as every other Mac user does.

Google Gears is a privacy and security disaster waiting to happen. It allows web sites to store data on your computer for offline use. Exploit city, anyone?

No, it's an offline database that you can put your own information in when you're not on the net. This database gets sync'd back up to the master when you go online.

It also allows AJAX style applications to continue to function to some extent while you're offline.

raskren said,
No, it's an offline database that you can put your own information in when you're not on the net. This database gets sync'd back up to the master when you go online.

It also allows AJAX style applications to continue to function to some extent while you're offline.

It's not just a database. Did you look at the Gears site?

Google Gears is an open source browser extension that lets developers create web applications that can run offline. Gears provides three key features:

* A local server, to cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) without needing to contact a server
* A database, to store and access data from within the browser
* A worker thread pool, to make web applications more responsive by performing expensive operations in the background

The example pages they provide do more than just store data. It's like a mega-cookie.

What good is Google Gears (from what I've just read about it) to the common consumer?

And as far as Radiohead is concerned, I know that Carbon/ Silicon has been giving away their music for free download for years- and it's good!

People complaining Vista not in there? LOL, its a list for 2007 not 2006.

I understood the official release was in November 2006

evo_spook said,
People complaining Vista not in there? LOL, its a list for 2007 not 2006.

I understood the official release was in November 2006

OEM/Volume license release was November 2006. Retail was January 2007.

Ask.com is not from 2007 either. Neither are the Kodak printers. My mom's had one for two years.

Google Gears is clever, but as you say, nobody has ever heard of it, because virtually nobody uses it. Lots of potential though...

It's #1 on the "Most victimised by ignorant bandwagon kiddies" list.

Mark my words, people will be singing Vista's praises and making the same stupid comments about Windows 7, just like they did for XP/2000.

thenay said,
Where's Windows Vista? :P

Look at the list again, then tell me you see any common sense displayed... Really... a wireless router is innovative? ;)

Also, they did mention Vista. They said it has no features like Time Machine, which is completely false.

Athernar said,
It's #1 on the "Most victimised by ignorant bandwagon kiddies" list.

Mark my words, people will be singing Vista's praises and making the same stupid comments about Windows 7, just like they did for XP/2000.

Yup! You're 100% correct, sir. Those of us who have good memories will recall that XP received just as much slack as Vista is now.

Athernar said,
It's #1 on the "Most victimised by ignorant bandwagon kiddies" list.

Mark my words, people will be singing Vista's praises and making the same stupid comments about Windows 7, just like they did for XP/2000.


You actually meant #1 on lists made by people that actually tried Vista and realize it's as bad and sometimes worse than it has been portrayed, and that is on a new Laptop using Vista's own specs

z0phi3l said,


You actually meant #1 on lists made by people that actually tried Vista and realize it's as bad and sometimes worse than it has been portrayed, and that is on a new Laptop using Vista's own specs

I tried Vista, kept it, like it. You use whatever you use and I'll use Vista. There's no need to bash it just because you don't want to use it.

If you've never used Vista, you'll believe the hype that it's a "bad" product because people are stupid and believe the media. Vista works perfectly fine and is a very capable OS.

innovations? if that list is a list of innovations i deserve the nobel price for the innovations I (as in me) made this year

XerXis said,
innovations? if that list is a list of innovations i deserve the nobel price for the innovations I (as in me) made this year

I don't believe you.

What an awful list. Laptops, cell phones and printers are innovative? Riiight... This is why PC World is not a valid tech information source anymore.

wow, worst list of "innovations" ever...

seriusly... facebook API ? (I hope that includes that microsoft webpage gadget developer thing... oh nevermind, popfly was further down... wtf popfly below facebook api.....), iPhone, XO.


and TimeMachine ? funy since I recall that being in existence for severals years on Windows Server 2003 as PRevius versions, and later, but before Leopard in Vista.... and those versions don't include elaborate stupid animations, and they're technically far ahead of Time Machine in the way they do the "backups".

so I went to the source article and check the descriptions of thesethings, and...

This was at the end of theTime Machine description

One question: Why doesn't Windows Vista have anything this simple and useful? (For more information about the new Mac OS, read our Leopard review.)

Seriusly... have they even used Vista ? or are they seriusly hardcore Apple fanboys ?

HawkMan said,
so I went to the source article and check the descriptions of thesethings, and...

This was at the end of theTime Machine description

Seriusly... have they even used Vista ? or are they seriusly hardcore Apple fanboys ?

Seriously, can you really say Volume Shadow Copy is as easy to use as Time Machine?

Lets see, right click folder/file. select the previus versions tab. see a lift of previus save versions...


yeah I can. and no stupid animation to restore previus version, and not stupdi "backup hourly" and "to external/separate HDD" crap.


And don't mix up VSC with previus versions. PRevius Versions use VSC, but it's not VSC.

bob_c_b said,
Seriously, can you really say Volume Shadow Copy is as easy to use as Time Machine?

Don't know about vista but in server 03 you just right click the h/d, click properties, go on the VSC tab and enable it, or use the backup wizard.

I could be wrong, but as far as I know, previous versions, is nothing like Time Machine, not saying either is better then the other but they are two totally seperate programs with different objectives

evo_spook said,
I could be wrong, but as far as I know, previous versions, is nothing like Time Machine, not saying either is better then the other but they are two totally seperate programs with different objectives

You don't know, yet you know they're totally different? They both have the same purpose: to track changed files and allow you to restore them to a previous state. The main difference is that VSC/PV doesn't require that you use a dedicated hard drive just for backups.

GreyWolfSC said,

You don't know, yet you know they're totally different? They both have the same purpose: to track changed files and allow you to restore them to a previous state. The main difference is that VSC/PV doesn't require that you use a dedicated hard drive just for backups.

But then you're machine or hard drive fecks up, you've lost all your previous versions, but not if you used time machine. Previous versions, you can go back and find various files, but you usually limit how many versions you have and time machine makes it a lot easier to find with previews and spotlight highlighting the differences be the versions, plus it be a lot easier to regress back in time with time machine rather then using copy (drag of previous versions)

evo_spook said,

But then you're machine or hard drive fecks up, you've lost all your previous versions, but not if you used time machine. Previous versions, you can go back and find various files, but you usually limit how many versions you have and time machine makes it a lot easier to find with previews and spotlight highlighting the differences be the versions, plus it be a lot easier to regress back in time with time machine rather then using copy (drag of previous versions)

VSC/PV doesn't require that you use the same drive. It's very configurable. There's also Complete PC for a full backup. You can also search all of the Previous Versions via the desktop search. Don't get me wrong, Time Machine is probably great, but it looks pretty goofy.

The one place Time Machine wins over Vista's Previous Versions is restoring data for individual applications. For instance, restoring lost mail in Mail.app can be done using Time Machine; for Vista you'll have to hunt down the mail application's profile folder and do a folder restoration from there, and even then you can't search for messages in previous copies of that profile folder.

That being said, how this counts as a "Innovative Product" when it's a feature built into an operating system is beyond me. Let me see, I'll suggest Vista Media Centre as a innovation - oh nevermind, Vista's such a failure so nothing Vista-related is worthy of being listed.

Well nice arguement here. And err Previous Versions are there way before Vista. And I have no idea how Time Machine made the list. So dumb..

rm20010 said,
The one place Time Machine wins over Vista's Previous Versions is restoring data for individual applications. For instance, restoring lost mail in Mail.app can be done using Time Machine; for Vista you'll have to hunt down the mail application's profile folder and do a folder restoration from there, and even then you can't search for messages in previous copies of that profile folder.

That being said, how this counts as a "Innovative Product" when it's a feature built into an operating system is beyond me. Let me see, I'll suggest Vista Media Centre as a innovation - oh nevermind, Vista's such a failure so nothing Vista-related is worthy of being listed. :rolleyes:

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa384961.aspx

Just because not many applications use it doesn't mean it doesn't have the capability to everything you just described.

Any application can tell VSS about its data, and how to back it up, as well as retrieving that data at a later point.

PENGUINwithM4A1 said,
18. 'In Rainbows' by Radiohead
Yet so much fail in that one.

I don't see much 'fail' in it. Instead of getting 1$ or 2$ from the record label per album sold, they're getting an average of 5$, even with half the people paying nothing. It's genius.

PENGUINwithM4A1 said,
18. 'In Rainbows' by Radiohead

Yet so much fail in that one.


What? Please explain. I'm dying to hear this.

the fact that the download version doesnt contain the full album so it has to be bought twice, if you paid for it the first time and the download version quality is very inferior

PENGUINwithM4A1 said,
the fact that the download version doesnt contain the full album so it has to be bought twice, if you paid for it the first time and the download version quality is very inferior

Sorry, but I guess maybe I'm misunderstanding what you're saying. There was two versions, a downloadable version and the pay version. The downloadable/free version was of a lower quality, yes, but that was because it was free, which means you did not have to purchase it twice (I don't even know where you got that). Also, it was the full album when I downloaded it, so I also have no idea where the incomplete album thing you mentioned came from either.

Also, just a heads up, but the downloadable free version is no longer available.

All in all I have absolutely no idea where you're getting your facts from.