Cool Things: Walt Mossberg’s Top Products in 2 Decades of Tech Reviews

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Walt Mossberg, one of the most widely respected writers on technology for as long as I can remember, has published his last article for The Wall Street Journal this week – and it’s a great read. Mossberg’s has been covering persona; technology for the WSJ for more than 20 years, and his last column offers his selection of the 12 personal technology products that were most influential during that timespan.

The iPad is one of the selections and Mossberg has this to say about it:

With this 10-inch tablet, Apple finally cracked the code on the long-languishing tablet category. Along with other tablets, it is gradually replacing the laptop for many uses and is popular with everyone from kids to CEOs. Developers have created nearly 500,000 apps for the iPad, far more than for any other tablet.

The list is full of great picks – from Apple’s Newton to Google Search, Windows 95, and Android. Here’s the criteria that Mossberg used in making is choices:

First, the products had to improve ease of use and add value for average consumers. That was the guiding principle I laid down in the first sentence of my first column, in 1991: “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it’s not your fault.”

Second, I chose these 12 because each changed the course of digital history by influencing the products and services that followed, or by changing the way people lived and worked. In some cases, the impact of these mass-market products is still unfolding. All of these products had predecessors, but they managed to take their categories to a new level.

Check out Mossberg’s piece for his excellent rundown of these game-changing personal tech products.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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