Year: 2009

Moto's flagship Android phone promised to be the phone to push Google's mobile OS mainstream. With its unsettling/ubiquitous SkyNET-meets-HAL ad campaign, it was more or less successful. The phone was a shoo-in for those who found the iPhone too wimpy and limited, and felt distinguished by its comparatively large display, boxy design, and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Its success helped give the Android Market (now known as Google Play) a boost among developers, making the motto "DROID Does" a self-fulfilling prophecy.