First, I want to thank you. Thousands of you voted to help PCMag do what its editors could not do alone: pick the five most influential products of all time. This list is not a bunch of tech firsts; instead it’s the hardware and software products that have defined our industry and—to an extent—us.
You voted on laptops and desktops, software, gaming, consumer electronics, and mobile devices. In each poll, we presented our top five picks (the ones we could agree on without killing each other), then you casted your votes. The results are a nice mix of the expected and unexpected. I bet that, right now, you can’t guess which piece of software won your most influential vote (or maybe you can since you’re the ones who voted).
In every instance, there is a clear winner, but some of the votes were fairly close. Did, for example, the Nintendo game system best Atari’s first game console? And what about that StarTAC phone? I remember a lot of people carrying them around. Is it more influential than, say, the Apple iPhone?