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  • Winners: 2008 Best iPhone App Ever Awards


    The winners of the Best iPhone App Ever Awards have now been announced. An incredible 98,190 people cast votes for their favorite apps in 34 different categories ranging from business apps to games. The categories, Most Innovative App and Best Productivity Killer were extremely popular with voters.

    The competition is put on by 148Apps, and its founder, Jeff Scott says, "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."

    Here is some of the press release announcing the winners:

    "Winners in each category:

    Best App Ever: Shazam by Shazam Entertainment Ltd.

    Most Innovative App: Shazam by Shazam Entertainment Ltd.

    Most Useful App: Air Sharing by Avatron Software, Inc.

    Best Free or Ad Supported App: Stanza by Lexcycle

    Best 99 Cent App: Ocarina by Smule

    Best iPhone WOW App: Shazam by Shazam Entertainment Ltd.

    Best Productivity Enhancer: Things by Cultured Code

    Best Productivity Killer: Facebook by Facebook

    Best Feel Like A Local App: Now Playing by Cyrus Najmabadi

    Best Outdoor Use App: RunKeeper Free by FitnessKeeper, Inc.

    Best Musical Instrument App: Ocarina by Smule

    Best Social Networking App: Facebook by Facebook

    Best Photography App: Pano by Debacle Software

    Best Kid Distraction App: iChalky by Eric Metois

    Most Creative Use of iPhone Hardware: Ocarina by Smule

    Best Use of Location Services: Urbanspoon by Urbanspoon

    Most Original User Interface: Weightbot by Tapbots

    Best User Interface: Twitterrific by The Iconfactory

    Most Innovative Game: Touchgrind by Illusion Labs

    Best Original Game: Fieldrunners by Subatomic Studios, LLC

    Best Game Port: SimCity by Electronic Arts

    Best Casual Game: Labyrinth by Codify AB

    Best Long-Play Game: Fieldrunners by Subatomic Studios, LLC

    Best Free or Ad Supported Game: Chess With Friends by Newtoy Inc.

    Best 99 Cent Game: Moto Chaser by Freeverse, Inc.

    Best Game Graphics: Rolando by ngmoco, Inc.

    Best Game Controls: Rolando by ngmoco, Inc.

    Best Arcade Game: Air Hockey by Acceleroto

    Best Puzzle Game: Enigmo by Pangea Software, Inc.

    Best Traditional Game: Texas Hold'em by Apple Inc.

    Best Racing Game: Cro-Mag Rally by Pangea Software, Inc.

    Best Kids Game: JellyCar by Walaber

    Best Strategy Game: Fieldrunners by Subatomic Studios, LLC

    Best Word Game: Chicktionary by Blockdot, Inc."

    What do you guys think of the winners? Did your favorite app make it?

    Source: Winners of the 2008 Best iPhone App Ever Awards Announced @ prMac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Winners: 2008 Best iPhone App Ever Awards started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      I looked at the site before. The fact that photogene wasn't even a choice for best photo app is a joke. Its the only photo app that allows for that caliber of photography editing that I know of.
    1. ckybam69's Avatar
      ckybam69 -
      what about pandora? my favorite app in the world.
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      While Shazam is a great app, I wouldn't say its the most innovative. That technology has been around for years and on other cell phones. I would've given the ocarina most innovative honours.
    1. egarc's Avatar
      egarc -
      I prefer Midomi over Shazam.
    1. shadowhacker27's Avatar
      shadowhacker27 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seephour View Post
      Too bad Cydia apps couldn't be included cause SBSettings is by far the best/most useful app by ever. I don't know how I could live with out it. Shazam is cool but how often do you use it. Once every blue moon. I use SBSettings 10-15 times a day.

      Airsharing is pretty useful though.
      I agree with you..SBSettings is the best app ever made for the iphone...ofcourse after Customize AND Winterboard
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by waynema View Post
      Fieldrunners is indeed a great game, but its actually a port from a mod from Warcraft 3 on the PC, like tap defense.
      How young you have to be to think Tower Defense games began with DOTA?
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Shazam might be the most innovative, but probably not the best app. Magnum mentioned there shouldve been a sports app, I agree, but I would probably say SportsTap would win that. Its the easiest way to get any sporting news, scores etc. on the iPhone. I use it at least 3-5 times a day...
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by egarc View Post
      I prefer Midomi over Shazam.
      same here, unless they added something in Shazam I didnt see several months ago. Midomi does it all, and does it well.
    1. joefx13's Avatar
      joefx13 -
      I Loooooove Shazam!!
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      Although I love Shazam and use it often (even if it is to remember a track I want to get), the technology and concept have been around for a while.. It's hardly innovative.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      I looked at the site before. The fact that photogene wasn't even a choice for best photo app is a joke. Its the only photo app that allows for that caliber of photography editing that I know of.
      Thanks for mentioning Photogene. I hadn't heard of this one. After looking it up, I'm totally hooked! It's like a slimmed down version of Photoshop for the iPhone and works surprisingly well!
    1. XChrisX's Avatar
      XChrisX -
      Shazam is a great idea and app, but I rarely use it. Facebook would have to be the most used app by me. Otherwise google earth, and seadragon are two of my faves, and most innovative apps I think. Favorite game by far is line rider. But the main reason I think why the $10 plus apps didn't get as many votes is because most of them are specific to certain people and don't always appeal to everyone.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Why does Shazam get all the love when Midomi came out first AND does more???
    1. Needleskane's Avatar
      Needleskane -
      Midomi is a thousand times better then shazam, that bs right there
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Needleskane View Post
      Midomi is a thousand times better then shazam, that bs right there
      You really like Midomi more? Ive found that the humming/singing and lyrics sections rarely work. So all I use is the listening to the actual song tab. I used it a few times with Midomi and had a 50% success rate. Once I started using Shazam, I had a 100% success rate identifying songs...
    1. CD65's Avatar
      CD65 -
      I will also put my two cents in for Midomi over Shazam. The humming/singing tool really does work well, it must be your ermm....singing voice, ajl917!

      Will also agree that there should have been a sports category (or two) Best Sports Game and Best Controls in a Sports Game.

      Facebook is by far the most useful app though. My best casual game would be Backgammon or 2 Across.
    1. Nasp30's Avatar
      Nasp30 -
      Where is BEEJIVE?! That is my most useful app.
    1. NCMacMan's Avatar
      NCMacMan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seephour View Post
      Too bad Cydia apps couldn't be included cause SBSettings is by far the best/most useful app by ever. I don't know how I could live with out it. Shazam is cool but how often do you use it. Once every blue moon. I use SBSettings 10-15 times a day.

      Airsharing is pretty useful though.
      I agree. This is the most useful app for changing settings on the fly and while running other apps. It's interface is simple, yet very effective.
    1. bigdrdok's Avatar
      bigdrdok -
      Shazam is not all dat sweet kinda boring.....
      SB SETTINGS RULE!!! USE IT LIKE 10 TIMES A DAY!
      CYDIA APPS RULE!!!!!
    1. Fsu1dolfan's Avatar
      Fsu1dolfan -
      Sportacular and Pandora FTW!!!!