February 11, 2010 in iAnnouncements (E)
[prMac.com] San Francisco, CA - The winners of the 2009 Best App Ever Awards have now been announced in the second annual competition honoring the best iPhone apps and games released in the iTunes App Store.
148Apps created the Best App Ever awards in 2008 to celebrate the efforts of app developers and to raise user awareness about the best apps available (not just the top selling ones). The apps are nominated and then voted on by the people who know the best apps, the users of the apps themselves.
"The goal of the awards was to help publicize some applications that people may never have seen. Some of the best apps have never been featured on the iTunes front page or in an iPhone TV ad, yet they deserve recognition and publicity for the great work the developers have done." said Jeff Scott, founder of 148Apps and the Best App Ever Awards.
Nominations were opened in early December for both the public and our handpicked group of iPhone industry experts. From nearly 27,000 initial nominations, we selected the 560 final nominees.
For our 2009 awards, we have expanded to 56 categories covering both applications and games. New this year are categories specifically targeted to the burgeoning iPhone education market and more categories for the already huge games segment.
During the month long voting phase in January, we saw over 300,000 votes cast for these amazing apps.
Winners in each category:
Best App Ever: Pocket God by Bolt Creative
Most Innovative App: Tweetie 2 by atebits
Most Useful App: Instapaper Pro by Marco Arment
Best Productivity Enhancer: Dropbox by Dropbox
Best Productivity Killer: Canabalt by Semi Secret Software
Best Use of Bluetooth: Wawame Business Card by Wawame, Inc.
Most Creative Use of iPhone Hardware: Sonar Ruler by Laan Labs
Best Use of Location Services: AroundMe by Tweakersoft
Best Visual Design: Momento by d3i
Best Educational App: iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff
Best Just for Fun Kids App: SmackTalk! by Marcus Satellite
Best App for Toddlers: Peekaboo Barn by Night & Day Studios, Inc.
Best App for Pre-schoolers: iWriteWords (Tracing Game) by gdiplus
Best App for Primary School Kids: Dictionary.com - Dictionary & Thesaurus by Dictionary.com
Best App for Middle School Kids: Dictionary.com - Dictionary & Thesaurus by Dictionary.com
Best App for High School Kids: Stanza by Lexcycle
Best App for Parents: 2Do: A Stunning To Do List with Push and Sync by Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
Best Feel Like A Local App: Where To? - GPS points of interest by FutureTap
Best GPS Navigation App: MobileNavigator North America by NAVIGON AG
Best Outdoor Use App: EasyTrails GPS by Zirak s.r.l.
Best Social Networking App: Facebook & Twitter Fun Status - iGift4u by SiVola, LLC
Best Twitter App: Tweetie 2 by atebits
Best News App: NPR News by NPR
Best Road Warrior App: WorldMate Gold - The Must-have App for Road Warriors by WorldMate, Inc.
Best Time Management App: 2Do: A Stunning To Do List with Push and Sync by Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
Best Musical Instrument App: iBone - the Pocket Trombone by Spoonjack
Best Musical Synthesizer App: I Am T-Pain by Smule
Best Photography App: QuadCamera - MultiShot by Art & Mobile
Best Photo Manipulation App: ColorSplash by Pocket Pixels Inc.
Best Artistic Expression App: SketchBook Mobile by Autodesk Inc.
Best Augmented Reality App: Pandemica by XMG Studio Inc.
Most Innovative Game: Eliss by Steph Thirion
Best Casual Game: Canabalt by Semi Secret Software
Best Game Graphics: Real Racing by Firemint
Best Game Controls: Squareball by Drmsynt
Best Use of Social Gaming Platform Game: Charadium by On5
Best Multiplayer Game: Words With Friends by Newtoy Inc.
Best Retro Reborn Game: Space Invaders Infinity Gene by TAITO Corporation
Best Action Game: Minigore by Chillingo Ltd
Best Adventure Game: Gomi by Kevin Calderone
Best Arcade Game: Labyrinth 2 by Illusion Labs
Best Board Game: Words With Friends by Newtoy Inc.
Best Card Game: UNO by Gameloft
Best Casino Game: World Series of Poker Hold'em Legend by Glu
Best Dice Game: Monopoly by Electronic Arts
Best Family Game: Toki Tori by Chillingo Ltd
Best MMO Game: Epic Pet Wars by Miraphonic
Best Music Game: Beat It! by Glu
Best Puzzle Game: Cross Fingers by Mobigame
Best Racing Game: Real Racing by Firemint
Best Role Playing Game: Inotia 2: A Wanderer of Luone by Com2uS Corp.
Best Simulation Game: Real Racing by Firemint
Best Sports Game: Homerun Battle 3D by Com2uS Corp.
Best Strategy Game: TowerMadness by Limbic Software
Best Trivia Game: Trivial Pursuit by Electronic Arts
Best Word Game: Words With Friends by Newtoy Inc.
The list of winners and nominees is available on the site and also as a PDF and text file. For those attending Macworld Expo, a list of winners will be available at the iPhone Life booth, #567. The Best App Ever Awards will return in the fall to help honor the best apps of 2010.
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