3466 Best App Ever Awards Jeff Scott iPhone Life 1528-5456 2010-05-04 Summer 2010 2 3 30 Apps

The Best App Ever Award winners were announced recently at the 2010 Macworld Expo in San Francisco. These application awards honor the best iPhone apps and are chosen by the people that actually use the applications— users like you and me. This year we saw over 300,000 votes cast in 56 categories, a huge success. These awards are a great way for users to show their appreciation to the developers of these great apps.

In this first of a two part series, we present you with the winners in the application categories. Special thanks to Carter Dotson, Bonnie Eisenman, Patrick Jordan, Damon Singline, and Kristen Young for contributing their comments about the apps and why they won. In the next issue, we will present the winners in the games categories. For more information about the awards or to see the nominees in all 56 categories, head on over to the Best Apps Ever web site (bestappever.com).

Tweetie 2

By Jeff Scott

imageTweetie 2 is the ultimate Twitter app and highly awaited sequel to Atebit's Tweetie. Tweetie 2 shows off a ridiculous amount of features that makes using the social networking site Twitter.com a breeze. After using this feature-rich app, we doubt you'll go back to using the Twitter Web site. Tweetie was the real reason why iPhone Twitter apps took off. Tweetie 2 is a great upgrade to the original, putting it a head of the pack of other Twitter apps that are taking advantage of the many iPhone OS 3.0 features. The ease of use of Tweetie 2 and the fact that I am still finding features months later is the reason why this is the only Twitter app you will ever need.


—Damon Singline, iPhone Reviews (ifonereviews.blog spot.com)

Tweetie 2

* Most Innovative App
* Best Twitter App

• $2.99

• Atebits

• app2.me/102

Instapaper Pro

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By Patrick Jordan

imageInstapaper Pro lets you save Web pages for reading later offline and optimizes the content for the iPhone screen. It's a very worthy winner in this category as all of us have experienced finding a great article but didn't have the time to read it. Instapaper Pro gives you a one-tap method (or one-click in a desktop browser) to save these articles for offline access. Its simple design and brilliant interface makes Instapaper Pro one of those "How did we ever do without this?" kind of apps. 


—Patrick Jordan, JustAnother iPhoneBlog.com

 
 


Instapaper Pro

* Most Useful App

• Marco Arment

• $4.99

•  app2.me/117

 

Dropbox


By Carter Dotson

imageTo understand why the iPhone app Dropbox is so fantastic, you need to understand why the Dropbox service is so fantastic. Dropbox is a cloud file storage service that integrates with your computer, allowing you to access your files from anywhere—a computer with Dropbox installed, the Dropbox Web site, and now the iPhone app. Dropbox for the iPhone lets you read your documents, listen to your audio, watch your videos, and share your photos. The ability to easily transfer photos between your iPhone and your computer via Dropbox is this app's killer feature. There's no need to ever plug your iPhone into your computer to upload your photos ever again. Dropbox is an essential service on your computer and is an essential iPhone app.

—Carter Dotson, ThePortable Gamer.com

Dropbox


* Best Productivity Enhancer

• Dropbox

• Free

• app2.me/127

Wawame Business Card


By Jeff Scott

imageWawame has developed a quick, easy way to share contact info between iPhones and other mobile devices. In a meeting, a conference, or even a business call, you can transfer your contact info via Bluetooth or e-mail. Transferring contact info with another Wawame user is as easy as shaking your phones when nearby. The shakes are registered and Wawame verifies who you want to transfer your contact info with, and it's done!


—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

 

 

 

Wawame Business Card


* Best Use of Bluetooth

• Wawame Inc.


• Free

•  app2.me/140

Sonar Ruler

By Bonnie Eisenman

imageBats measure distance using sound so why shouldn't your iPhone? With Sonar Ruler, just point your iPhone's speaker at the (large) object in question, and let the app emit a few sound waves. Sonar Ruler will measure the time it takes for the echo to return and calculate the distance between your phone and the object. It sounds like something out of a sci-fi flick, but it actually works with surprising precision. Since the advent of the App Store, there have been plenty of apps to use the iPhone's hardware in new and unique ways, but this one takes the cake for sheer ingenuity. It has its limits (it's not perfectly accurate, and you'll need a near-silent room), but Sonar Ruler is still a fantastic showcase of what's possible with the iPhone.

—Bonnie Eisenman, 148Apps.com

 Sonar Ruler

* Most Creative Use of iPhone Hardware

• by Laan Labs

• $0.99

• app2.me/147

AroundMe

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By Carter Dotson

imageAroundMe is quite simply the app that you always imagined. If you need to find a gas station, a restaurant, an ATM, an Apple Store, or search for anything you need, AroundMe will find the closest locations to you on Google Maps. You can then call their number, get directions to that location, share your findings on Twitter or Facebook, and add the location to your contacts. Oh, and did I mention the app is free? AroundMe is such an incredibly useful app and at such a perfect cost. AroundMe is definitely a worthy winner of the Best Use of Location Services award because it's exactly what people dreamed the iPhone could be—an absolutely perfect utility that finds exactly what you need.

—Carter Dotson, ThePortableGamer.com


AroundMe

* Best Use of Location Services

• Tweakersoft

• Free

• app2.me/155

 

Momento

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By Jeff Scott

imageMomento is the diary of the future. Not only does it allow you to make daily notes and write down your thoughts, it also pulls in everything you are doing and seeing on social networks. This gives you an unprecedented record of everything you were doing, seeing, hearing, and feeling on any given day. It does all that, keeping track of your past life, and it does so with an amazing visual design that would make any designer proud.


—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

 

 


Momento

* Best Visual Design

• d3i

• $2.99

• app2.me/164

iStudiez Pro

By Jeff Scott

imageKeeping track of all of your school work and due dates can be a real chore. iStudiez Pro can do all of that and more. Putting your schedule and due dates into a single application can keep students organized like never before. The app will even send you push notifications to warn you of important deadlines. The app has a great user interface and shows everything the busy student needs to see in a single glance. Class schedules, homework due dates, special appointments, are all in one app.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

 


 iStudiez Pro

* Best Educational App

• Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff

• $2.99

• app2.me/129

SmackTalk

By Patrick Jordan

imageSmackTalk is a voice-altering app that features four animated critters—a guinea pig, puppy, kitten, and Chihuahua—that mimic your every word or sound. They repeat everything you say in high-pitched and other freaky ways. There are a number of voice-altering apps for the iPhone but none are anywhere near as well executed or able to match the sheer fun of SmackTalk. The animation of the critters is great, as is the variation between their voices. If there were a Just for Fun for Kids AND Grown-ups category, it would be a strong contender since it always leaves both little folks and adults cracking up.


—Patrick Jordan, JustAnotheriPhoneBlog.com

 

 SmackTalk

* Best Just for Fun Kids App

• by Marcus Satellite

• $0.99

• app2.me/180

Peekaboo Barn

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By Kristen Young

imagePeekaboo Barn—deserving champion of the Best App for Toddlers award—introduces us to a bouncy red barn and its farmyard residents. The game play is simple: tap on the barn door, and you are greeted by a different farm animal image, sound, and name. It includes language settings for both English and Spanish. Peekaboo Barn has a stunning design and elegant artwork, adorable sound effects, and narration I never tire of hearing. Best of all, this educational app offers children the opportunity to sharpen their wits while having a good ole time—what every parent wants to see in the object of their child's attention. Peekaboo Barn is truly a classic for this medium; dare I say, "highbrow entertainment" for toddlers. If I could frame it, hang it on the wall, buy it a drink, or give it a big mama bear hug, I would. I love it that much.

—Kristen Young, GiggleApps.com

Peekaboo Barn

* Best App for Toddlers

• by Night & Day Studios

• $1.99

• app2.me/188

iWriteWords (Tracing Game)

By Kristen Young

imageHelp hungry Mr. Crab gather the numbers to trace the letters and make a word. Once you complete the word, you'll see a child-like drawing of its likeness and hear it pronounced. Then you tilt the iPhone so the letters get gobbled up by the spinning wheel, and you're ready for a new word. So, what's the secret to success for this award-winning educational application? It's the unique interface that uses touch to teach writing so children who aren't yet proficient at holding a pen or pencil are able to learn to write, thus giving them an edge upon entering primary school. It's like having your own private tutor and cheering section guiding you along. iWriteWords is the perfect example of what makes the iPhone such a powerful learning tool for kids—it's engaging, clever, enriching, and most importantly, it makes learning fun.

—Kristen Young, GiggleApps.com

 iWriteWords (Tracing Game)

* Best App for Preschoolers

• gdiplus

• $1.99

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app2.me/197

Dictionary.com

By Bonnie Eisenman

imageIt's comprehensive, it doesn't require a data connection, it's free, and it just works. What more could you ask from a dictionary? Dictionary.com is a free app from the Web site of the same name, and it comes packed with 275,000 words and 80,000 synonyms. There are no time-consuming animations or superfluous graphics. Instead, everything is presented in a clean, sleek interface that does what it needs to do. Dictionary.com is a true must-have app—you never know when you'll need a dictionary and having 275,000 words in your pocket is always a good thing.

—Bonnie Eisenman, 148Apps.com


 

Dictionary.com

* Best App for Primary School
* Best App for Middle School

• Dictionary.com

• Free

• app2.me/204

Stanza

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By Bonnie Eisenman

imageOne of the first eBook readers to hit the App Store, Stanza supports more formats than any other app—and it even allows you to import your existing eBooks and PDFs from your computer! The clean, customizable interface makes reading easy no matter the lighting conditions, allowing you more control than other eBook apps; page-turning takes a simple tap. Plus, Stanza connects to various eBook stores, allowing you access to over 50,000 free classics as well as 50,000 purchasable books. And did I mention that it was free? If you're looking to read your own files as well as eBooks, Stanza is the perfect app.

—Bonnie Eisenman, 148Apps.com


 

Stanza

* Best App for High School+

• Lexcycle

• Free

• app2.me/218

2Do: A Stunning ToDo List with Push and Sync

By Patrick Jordan

image2Do: A Stunning To Do List with Push and Sync helps you manage ToDos, checklists, and projects on your iPhone. It's no surprise that this app was a double winner. With its gorgeous UI, strong feature set, cover-all set of sync options, and push alerts and alarms functionality, it makes it easy to stay on top of all your tasks and projects.

—Patrick Jordan, JustAnotheriPhoneBlog.com

 

 



 

2Do: A Stunning ToDo List with Push and Sync

* Best App for Parents
* Best Time Management App

• by Guided Ways Technology

• $6.99

• app2.me/101

Where To?

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By Jeff Scott

imageWhere To? takes your current location and lets you quickly and easily find all of the points of interest near you. With just a couple touches on your iPhone screen, you can navigate from the category of location to a list or map of the nearby points. So, even when you are traveling, this app will make you feel like a local. Looking for a specific business? You can enter a business name and see where the closest location is. The app also features a "Shake to Surprise" mode that lets you find new restaurants near you that you may have never thought about.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

 

 Where To?

* Best Feel Like A Local App

• FutureTap

• $2.99

• app2.me/235

MobileNavigator North America

By Jeff Scott

imageThis app brings all of the functionality of a portable GPS device to the iPhone. Sometimes you wish you had your GPS with you when you aren't in the car. Now, with this app, you can always have your GPS with you. This is a great way to reduce the number of devices in your life. Route planning, travel information, 3D and 2D views—this app has it all. This app is available in many regional versions. This one contains all of the maps for the US and Canada.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

 


 MobileNavigator North America

* Best GPS Navigation App

• by Navigon

• $79.99

• app2.me/244

EasyTrails GPS

By Jeff Scott

imageIf you are a hiker or runner, this app is an amazingly useful way to keep track of your routes. It keeps track of your favorite trails or paths and even shares them with others. Record your path and view your progress on a map, share your trail with others, or import new paths from other users. It's great for keeping track of your times and your progress. EasyTrails is a great app to discover new trails when traveling or visiting new locations.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

 

 

 

EasyTrails GPS

* Best Outdoor Use App

• by Zirak s.r.l.

• $2.99

• app2.me/157

iGift4u

By Jeff Scott

imageiGift4u lets you add a little personality to your social network updates. With this app, you can quickly and easily include fun symbols, emoticons, quotes, virtual gifts, or links to interesting videos in your updates. iGift4u lets you quickly find these items and include them in your updates with just a single tap.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

 


 


 

iGift4u

* Social Networking App

• SiVola LLC

• $0.99

• app2.me/259

NPR News

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By Jeff Scott

imageNPR News provides quick access to every NPR program while on the go, at home, or afar. NPR News has everything: a full directory of NPR stations from coast to coast, hourly news updates, and a great playlist feature that lets you tailor your listening to your favorite programs. In addition to the great audio archive in the app, the app also includes text news and breaking stories.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

 

 

 

 

NPR News

* Best News App

• NPR

• Free

• app2.me/275

WorldMateGold

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By Jeff Scott

imageWorldMate Gold is the application for the connected traveler. This is the best app for quickly and easily organizing your travel itinerary and insuring that you are quickly notified of any changes via push notifications. Just forward your airline, hotel, or other e-mail receipts to a special address to have them show up in the app. It's the easiest way to take all of your travel plans and confirmations with you.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

 


 

WorldMate Gold

* Best Road Warrior App

• by WorldMate Inc.

• $14.99

• app2.me/284

iBone

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By Jeff Scott

imageiBone takes the electronic instrument to the next level by letting you reproduce the sound of a trombone and control it from the screen of your device. Slide your finger forward and back to replicate the travel of the trombone slide and change the pitch as you play. iBone is also one of the few music apps that can help you learn a new song. With the built-in roboBone feature, it can show you a new tune and help you practice it. You can play along or just watch as it plays out the note.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

iBone

* Best Musical Instrument App

• Spoonjack

• $1.99

• app2.me/298

I Am T-Pain

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By Carter Dotson

imageI Am T-Pain lets you sound just like popular Auto-Tune wielding rapper T-Pain. It's based on the official Auto-Tune technology developed by Antares Audio Technologies, and is developed by Smule, makers of other iPhone music apps like Ocarina and Leaf Trombone. You can record your voice in either T-Pain's Auto-Tune pitch or modify it to suit your desires. You can also record yourself over a selection of T-Pain songs, with more tracks available via in-app purchase. T-Pain used Auto-Tune to great effect in his music; this Best Musical Synthesizer App winner gives you possibly the best showcase for your iPhone. It's not the same as being T-Pain, but a win is a win.


—Carter Dotson, ThePortableGamer.com

  

I Am T-Pain

* Best Musical Synthesizer App

• Smule

• $2.99

• app2.me/114

QuadCamera

By Jeff Scott

imageQuadCamera lets you use your iPhone camera to automatically make fun works of art. While feature-rich, the heart of this app is the creation of replicas of those carnival 4-shot photo strips. You can vary the time between the pictures, change aspects of the color, and the qualities of the final pictures, and even animate the final images and save them back as an animated GIF. In addition to the traditional 4x1 image strip, there are many other configurations and settings you can use to make unique and unforgettable images. QuadCamera adds a great creativity experience to the iPhone camera, making it much more interesting and fun.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com


 QuadCamera

* Best Photography App

• Art & Mobile

• $0,99

• app2.me/314

ColorSplash

By Jeff Scott

imageColorSplash gives you a quick and easy way to add a little dramatic personality to your images. You can easily convert camera images to black and white and keep chosen details in color. This gives images a striking and artistic quality. You also have the option to re-color sections of the image, giving them a whole new look. It's a quick and easy way to add a little flourish to normal images. Once the images have been modified, they are saved back to the camera roll where you can share them as you normally would via e-mail or MMS.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

 

 

ColorSplash

* Best Photo Manipulation App

• by Pocket Pixels Inc.

• $1.99

• app2.me/323

SketchbookMobile

By Jeff Scott

imageThis is a fantastically full-featured drawing app—not something you would expect to be so functional on a small screen like the iPhone. SketchBook Mobile includes great features for the mobile artist like layers, different brush strokes, the ability to undo changes, and a quick way to save multiple versions of your artwork. One of the more interesting aspects of this app is the way that it overcomes the lack of pressure sensitivity on the iPhone screen. Pressure sensitive surfaces are generally used to vary the thickness of the drawn line—similar to heavier pressure on a brush. SketchBook Mobile handles this by varying the thickness based on how long your finger lingers over a spot while drawing the line.

—Jeff Scott, 148apps.com

SketchBook Mobile

* Best Artistic Expression App

• Autodesk

• $2.99

• app2.me/332