‘Best App Ever Awards’ Highlights Cool Little-Known Apps Across 100 Categories

If you're on the hunt for the best apps currently on the market, check out the winners of this year's Best App Ever Awards, announced a couple of weeks ago.
Thousands of iPhone and iPad users voted on their favorite apps in more than 100 categories. The site names the top 3 apps in each category, as well as several honorable mentions.

The overall winner of the Best App Ever Awards this year was the game The Walking Dead.

The goal of the competition is to "honor the best, not just the bestselling." Often apps get attention in the App Store simply because the top-selling lists or most-downloaded lists are self-reinforcing. Best Apps Ever Awards is more about the word-of-mouth, view on the street; in other words, what people are actually using and liking. A couple of these apps I hadn't heard about really got my interest. The Languages app is only $0.99 and offers offline translation for 12 different languages. Most translation apps require an Internet connection. This could be useful to me when I head abroad. In addition, Launch Center Pro ($2.99) looks like an extremely useful utility. It lets you create shortcuts to features buried deep within apps.

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Here are some of this year’s winners:

Most Innovative App: Launch Center Pro;

Most Useful App: Dropbox;

Best Visual Design: Google Maps;

Best Big Brand App: Angry Birds Star Wars;

Best App Bargain: Apps Gone Free;

Best Social Networking App: Tweetbot for Twitter;

Best Comic App: Comic Zeal Comic Reader;

Best Messaging App: Imo Messenger;

Best Reference App: Languages;

Best Photo App: KitCam;

Best Weather App: Weather Live;

Best Creative Video App: Game Your Video.

There's also a separate section of education apps in 19 categories:

Best Kids App: Rayman Jungle Run;

Best Apps for Elementary: TeachMe: 1st Grade;

Middle School: ConversationBuilderTeen;

High School: Mathemagics - Mental Math Tricks;

College Students: Math Ref.

If you're a gamer, you'll want to check out the 28 categories of gaming apps:

Most Innovative Game: The Act;

Best Game Graphics: Need for Speed Most Wanted;

Best Game Controls: Rayman Jungle Run;

Best Multiplayer Game: Letterpress - Word Game;

Most Addictive Game: Junk Jack;

Best Casual Game: Pizza vs Skeletons.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.