Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Winners of the 2010 Best App Ever iOS App Awards Announced

148Apps recently released the winners of the 2010 Best App Ever Awards honoring the best iOS apps and games released in Apple's 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. This is the third annual competition and the first to include apps designed for Apple's iPad that first went on sale last year. In the competition, 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 November 2010 for the public to nominate their favorite apps of the year. From the nearly 90,000 initial nominations, 148Apps staff selected the 609 final nominees from the apps that got the most nominations in each category.

During the 25 day voting phase in January 2011, 148Apps saw nearly 500,000 votes cast for these amazing apps. Their list consisted of both iPhone apps and iPad apps.

For this site, I will focus on the iPad apps only. For some of the categories, I will add an Editor's "I Can't Believe they Didn't Include this One - ICBTDITO" entry for an app that I believe should have made the list. My entry will only include apps that were launched prior November 2010 when nominations were accepted. If you have some apps that should have made the list, please let me know to include them as well.

Best App Ever Category

Winner: Angry Birds HD

Most Innovative App Category - iPad

Winner: Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.

Second Place: AmpKit+ by Agile Partners
Third Place: Air Video - Watch your videos anywhere! by InMethod s.r.o.

Honorable Mentions:
SoundyThingie by Hansi Raber,
Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite by Quickoffice, Inc.
Notes Plus - Handwriting, Note Taking by Viet Tran
Twitter by Twitter, Inc.
Pulse News Reader by Alphonso Labs Inc.
Netflix by Netflix, Inc.
2Do: Tasks Done in Style by Guided Ways Technologies Ltd

Best Visual Design Category - iPad

Winner: Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.

Second Place: 2Do: Tasks Done in Style by Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
Third Place: Pages by Apple Inc.

Honorable Mentions:
djay by algoriddim
Qvik Sketch Pro by Qvik
Pulse News Reader by Alphonso Labs Inc.
OmniGraffle by The Omni Group
Alice for the iPad by Atomic Antelope
Penultimate by Cocoa Box Design LLC
FlightTrack Pro Live Flight Status by Ben Kazez


Best Use of iOS Hardware Category - iPad

Winner: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

Second Place: Instapaper by Marco Arment
Third Place: PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

Honorable Mentions:
RAGE HD by id Software
Red Nova by Colin Walsh
Epic Citadel by Epic Games, Inc.
Osmos for iPad by Hemisphere Games
ThumbJam by Sonosaurus


Best Navigation App Category - iPad

Winner: Waze Social GPS navigation by Waze Inc.

Second Place: NAVIGON MobileNavigator USA by NAVIGON AG
Third Place: NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America by NAVIGON AG

Honorable Mentions:
NAVIGON MobileNavigator Europe by NAVIGON AG
OffMaps by Felix Lamouroux
Trails - GPS tracker by Felix Lamouroux
Navfree USA by Geolife Ltd.

Best Social Networking App Category - iPad

Winner: TextNow - Unlimited Free Texting by Enflick, Inc.

Second Place: Twitter by Twitter, Inc.
Third Place: Friendly Plus for Facebook by Oecoway Inc.

Honorable Mentions:
Facebook Touch HD by G-Whizz! Apps, LLC
iLoader for Facebook HD by Tektrify, Inc
Osfoora HD, for Twitter by Said M. Marouf
Twitterrific for Twitter by The Iconfactory
9,999 Ringtones Uncensored PRO by No Tie, LLC
textPlus Ad-Free + Unlimited FREE Text by GOGII
Photo Downloader for Facebook by Incoherent Studios

Editor's ICBTDITO:
Flickpad Pro for Facebook and Flickr by Shacked Software


Best Publication App Category - iPad

Winner: Instapaper by Marco Arment

Second Place: Pulse News Reader by Alphonso Labs Inc.
Third Place: Zinio Magazine & Book Reader by Zinio

Honorable Mentions:
Popular Mechanics Interactive by Hearst Communications, Inc.
The Times of London by Times Newspapers Limited
WIRED Magazine by Cond Nast Digital
Popular Science+ by Bonnier Corporation
Alice for the iPad by Atomic Antelope
PressReader by NewspaperDirect Inc.
Project by Virgin Digital Publishing Limited


Best News App Category - iPad

Winner: Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.

Second Place: Reeder for iPad by Silvio Rizzi
Third Place: Pulse News Reader by Alphonso Labs Inc.

Honorable Mentions: NPR for iPad by NPR
News by BBC Worldwide
The Early Edition by Glasshouse Apps
Hurricane HD by Kitty Code
Instapaper by Marco Arment
Pulp by Acrylic Software


Best Travel App Category - iPad

Winner: FlightTrack Pro Live Flight Status by Ben Kazez

Second Place: Fotopedia Heritage by Fotonauts Inc.
Third Place: Yelp by Yelp

Honorable Mentions: Packing Pro by Quinn Genzel
ZAGAT TO GO by Handmark, Inc.
KAYAK HD - Flights, Hotels, Explore by kayak.com
Hurricane HD by Kitty Code


Best Productivity App Category - iPad

Winner: Todo for iPad by Appigo

Second Place: Pocket Informant HD (Calendar & Tasks) by Web Information Solutions
Third Place: Penultimate by Cocoa Box Design LLC

Honorable Mentions:
Dropbox by Dropbox
Elements - Dropbox Powered Text Editor by Second Gear
Notes Plus by Viet Tran
LogMeIn Ignition by LogMeIn, Inc.
Pages by Apple Inc.
Keynote by Apple Inc.
iA Writer by Information Architects, Inc.


Best Musical App Category - iPad

Winner: MorphWiz by Jordan Rudess: Wizdom Music, LLC

Second Place: iBone - the Pocket Trombone by Spoonjack
Third Place: Reactable mobile by Reactable Systems SL

Honorable Mentions:
KORG iELECTRIBE by KORG INC.
AmpKit+ by Agile Partners
Six Strings by H2indie LLC
ThumbJam by Sonosaurus
Magic Piano by Smule
Magic Fiddle by Smule
AmpliTube for iPad by IK Multimedia


Best Photography App Category - iPad

Winner: Filterstorm by Tai Shimizu

Second Place: PhotoPal by MacPhun LLC
Third Place: Diptic by Peak Systems

Honorable Mentions:
ImageTouch HD by Intellicore
Photo Delight: Colorize your photos... by Global Delight

Editor's ICBTDITO:
Flickpad Pro for Facebook and Flickr by Shacked Software
PhotoPad by Zagg
Photogene for iPad by Omer Shoor
TouchRetouch HD by Adva-Soft
Color Splash for iPad by Pocket Pixels Inc.



Best Artistic App Category - iPad

Winner: SketchBook Pro by Autodesk Inc.

Second Place: ArtStudio for iPad - draw, paint and edit by Lucky Clan
Third Place: ArtRage by Ambient Design Ltd.

Honorable Mentions:
Inspire Pro - Paint, Draw and Sketch by KiwiPixel
Tesla Toy by PDJ Apps
Fluid FX by Autodesk Inc.
Zen Brush by PSOFT Style Studio
Fashion Designer HD by XMG Studio Inc.
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz by joerg piringer
Photo Delight: Colorize your photos by Global Delight


Best eBook App Category - iPad

Winner: iBooks by Apple Inc.

Second Place: The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media
Third Place: GoodReader for iPad by Good.iWare Ltd.

Honorable Mentions:
Google Books by Google
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media
Stanza by Lexcycle
Gamebook Adventures 1: An Assassin by Tin Man Games
Comics by comixology
1.8 million Free Books Read Kob by Kobo Inc.
A Present for Milo: A Touch-and-Sur... by Ruckus Media Group


Best Reference App Category - iPad

Winner: IMDb Movies & TV by IMDb

Second Place: AppShopper by AppShopper.com, LLC
Third Place: MyFood - Nutrition Facts by Pomegranate Software

Honorable Mentions:
Dribbblr by Tapmates s.r.o.
Terminology by Agile Tortoise
iFish Alberta by The App Door
Hurricane HD by Kitty Code
Divine Office - Audio Prayer by Surgeworks, Inc.
WolframAlpha by Wolfram Alpha LLC
Math Ref by Happy Maau Studios, LLC


Best Educational App Category - iPad

Winner: Math Bingo by ABCya.com

Second Place: Star Walk for iPad - interactive by Vito Technology Inc.
Third Place: TED by TED Conferences

Honorable Mentions: Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model by Vito Technology Inc.
My Very First App by Night & Day Studios, Inc.
Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy by Craic Design
Intro to Letters, by Montessorium by Montessorium, LLC.
Interactive Alphabet - ABC Flash Cards by Piikea St. LLC
Proloquo2Go by AssistiveWare
The Elements: A Visual Exploration by Element Collection, Inc

Editor's ICBTDITO:
MathBoard by palaware
Spellboard by palaware


Best Kids App Category - iPad

Winner: Stack the States by Dan Russell-Pinson

Second Place: Grimm's Rapunzel - 3D Interactive Pop-up Book by Ideal Binary, Ltd.
Third Place: PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

Honorable Mentions:
Alice for the iPad by Atomic Antelope
Andrew Answers by Ruckus Media Group
123Abc by 42loops
Animalia for iPad by AppBooks
The Velveteen Rabbit by Ruckus Media Group
Miss Spider's Bedtime Story for the iPad by Callaway Digital Arts, Inc.
Grimm Rumpelstiltskin - 3D by Ideal Binary, Ltd.

Editor's ICBTDITO:
MathBoard by palaware
Spellboard by palaware


Best Young Adults App Category - iPad

Winner: iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff

Second Place: inClass by OneZeroWare
Third Place: The Elements: A Visual Exploration by Element Collection, Inc

Honorable Mentions:
All-in YOGA HD: 200 Poses & Yoga Classes by ARAWELLA CORPORATION
Style Studio : Fashion Designer HD by XMG Studio Inc.
Note Taker HD by Software Garden
Molecules by Sunset Lake Software
Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model by Vito Technology Inc.
iHomework by Paul Pilone
Maya's Dress Up HD by Total Eclipse


Best Parenting App Category - iPad

Winner: iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff

Second Place: Chore Pad HD by Nannek
Third Place: Serving Sizer Pro Recipe Cards by Creative Algorithms

Most Innovative Game Category - iPad

Winner: Osmos for iPad by Hemisphere Games

Second Place: The Incident by Big Bucket Software
Third Place: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

Honorable Mentions:
Super Mega Worm by Deceased Pixel LLC
Solipskier by Mikengreg
Little Things by KLICKTOCK
eBoy FixPix by Delicious Toys
Fruit Ninja HD by Halfbrick Studios
Plants vs. Zombies HD by PopCap Games, Inc
Cut the Rope HD by Chillingo Ltd

Best Game Graphics Category - iPad

Winner: Zen Bound 2 Universal by Secret Exit Ltd.

Second Place: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
Third Place: Osmos for iPad by Hemisphere Games

Honorable Mentions:
RAGE HD by id Software
Galaxy on Fire 2 by FISHLABS
RAGE by id Software
Alien Space by Owens Rodriguez
Samurai II: Vengeance by MADFINGER Games, a.s.
Epic Citadel by Epic Games, Inc.
Spirits for iPad by Spaces of Play


Best Game Controls Category - iPad

Winner: The Incident by Big Bucket Software

Second Place: Alien Space by Owens Rodriguez
Third Place: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

Honorable Mentions:
Tilt to Live HD by One Man Left
Red Nova by Colin Walsh
Samurai II: Vengeance by MADFINGER Games, a.s.
Solipskier by Mikengreg
Blocktacular by evilBlue Studios
Chopper 2 by Majic Jungle Software
Kosmo Spin by Simogo


Best Multiplayer Game Category - iPad

Winner: Pocket Legends (3D MMO) by Spacetime Studios, LLC

Second Place: Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys
Third Place: SCRABBLE for iPad by Electronic Arts

Honorable Mentions:
Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus HD by Gameloft
Buccaneer Blitz by Namco Networks America Inc.
Strategery by Affogato LLC
Fruit Ninja HD by Halfbrick Studios
Real Racing HD by Firemint Pty Ltd
Flight Control HD by Firemint Pty Ltd
ChuChu Rocket! HD by SEGA

Editor's ICBTDITO:
THE GAME OF LIFE™ for iPad by Electronic Arts


Best Casual Game Category - iPad

Winner: Super 7 by No Monkeys

Second Place: Angry Birds HD
Third Place: Slice It! by Com2uS Inc.

Honorable Mentions:
Pocket Frogs by NimbleBit
Cannon Cadets by XMG Studio Inc.
Solipskier by Mikengreg
Supermarket Mania® HD by G5 Entertainment
Blocktacular by evilBlue Studios
Sparkle HD by 10tons Ltd
Shanghai Mahjong by MobileAge


Best Action Game Category - iPad

Winner: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

Second Place: Trucks and Skulls HD by Appy Entertainment, Inc.
Third Place: Alien Space by Owens Rodriguez

Honorable Mentions:
Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus HD by Gameloft
Max Adventure by Imangi Studios, LLC
Gun Bros by Glu
Samurai II: Vengeance by MADFINGER Games, a.s.
Red Nova by Colin Walsh
BATTLE BEARS -1 by SkyVu Pictures
Galaxy on Fire 2 by FISHLABS


Best Arcade Game Category - iPad

Winner: Angry Birds HD

Second Place: Trucks and Skulls HD by Appy Entertainment, Inc.
Third Place: Fruit Ninja HD by Halfbrick Studios

Honorable Mentions:
Alien Space by Owens Rodriguez
Hungry Helga HD by Grid Monsters
Blue Defense: Second Wave! by Cat in a Box Games
Red Nova by Colin Walsh
Monster Dash by Halfbrick Studios
Super Mega Worm by Deceased Pixel LLC
Solipskier by Mikengreg


Best Family Game Category - iPad

Winner: Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys

Second Place: Doodle Rain HD by RMF Games
Third Place: MONOPOLY for iPad by Electronic Arts

Honorable Mentions:
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 by Warner Bros.
GameRoom by Metaversal Studios
Pocket Frogs by NimbleBit
Gun Bros by Glu
Splish Splash Inn HD by Shortstack
Style Studio : Fashion Designer HD by XMG Studio Inc.


Best MMO Game Category - iPad

Winner: Pocket Legends (3D MMO) by Spacetime Studios, LLC

Second Place: Dungeon Defenders: First Wave by Trendy Entertainment
Third Place: GraalOnline Classic by EUROCENTER

Honorable Mentions: Pocket Frogs by NimbleBit


Best Retro Game Category - iPad

Winner: Sword Of Fargoal Legends by Chillingo Ltd.

Second Place: Edge by Mobigame
Third Place: Pinball HD by OOO Gameprom

Honorable Mentions:
Jenga HD by NaturalMotion
Bubble Pets: 8-BIT RETRO TWITCH ACTION by miiifan games
Frotz by Craig Smith
BIT.TRIP BEAT HD by Namco Networks America Inc.
Space Invaders Infinity Gene by TAITO Corporation
ChuChu Rocket! HD by SEGA

Editor's ICBTDITO:
PAC-MAN for iPad by Namco Networks America Inc.


Best Puzzle Game Category - iPad

Winner: Edge by Mobigame

Second Place: Creatures & Castles by hiive
Third Place: Mahjong Artifacts: Chapter 2 HD by G5 Entertainment

Honorable Mentions:
Geared 2! by Bryan Mitchell
Doodle Rain HD by RMF Games
Heroes of Kalevala HD by 10tons Ltd
Azkend HD by 10tons Ltd
Aqueduct by Kieffer Bros.
Railroad Madness - iPad Edition by F84 Games
Blocktacular by evilBlue Studios


Best Racing Game Category - iPad

Winner: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad by Electronic Arts

Second Place: Real Racing HD by Firemint Pty Ltd
Third Place: Need for Speed Shift for iPad by Electronic Arts

Honorable Mentions:
Drag Racer : Pro Tuner HD by XMG Studio Inc.
Shrek Kart HD by Gameloft
Asphalt 5 HD by Gameloft


Best Strategy Game Category - iPad

Winner: Sentinel 3: Homeworld by Origin8

Second Place: Plants vs. Zombies HD by PopCap Games, Inc.
Third Place: Shanghai Mahjong by MobileAge

Honorable Mentions:
Buccaneer Blitz by Namco Networks America Inc.
Virtual City HD by G5 Entertainment
Mystic Emporium HD by 99Games Online Private Limited
Strategery by Affogato LLC
Puzzle Quest HD by TransGaming, Inc.


Best Word Game Category - iPad

Winner: Word Solitaire HD by Candywriter

Second Place: SCRABBLE for iPad by Electronic Arts
Third Place: Charadium by On5

Honorable Mentions:
Ravenous Trivia HD by Ravenous Games
SpellStacker by D.R.Thorsrud


The Best App Ever Awards will return in the fall to help honor the best apps of 2011.

About 148Apps

The mission of 148Apps is getting the word out about the very best in iPhone OS applications through editorial reviews and news. In addition to the reviews and news, 148Apps keeps track of what's currently popular, new, trends, and app prices changes in the iTunes App Store. Copyright (C) 2008-2010 148Apps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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