2012 CrackBerry Readers Choice Award Winners!

CrackBerry Awards
By Kevin Michaluk on 27 Dec 2012 02:18 pm EST
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The world didn't end, so it's time to look back on the year that was 2012 and announce our CrackBerry Readers' Choice Awards. In honor of BlackBerry 10 we went with 10 categories this year, and the winners were chosen based on the popularity of the submissions put forth by our readers. 

Let's keep the banter short and sweet on this one... Read on for the winners! 

2012 CrackBerry Readers Choice Award Winners

1. Best BlackBerry Device of 2012

Bold 9900
BlackBerry Bold 9900 

While it's technically the 2012 winner for best BlackBerry device, the Bold 9900 is really just holding strong from its 2011 win. Holdng out for BlackBerry 10, we didn't have very many devices released this year to take the crown from the reigning champ, but next year you can bet that won't be the case. For those who value a top notch communication experience, especially when it comes to buttery smooth feel good typing, the keyboard on the Bold 9900 is the best keyboard to ever grace a phone. We're not sure how it can be topped.

 

2. Best New BlackBerry App

Files and FoldersFiles and Folders

Files and Folders for the BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing file management utility that lets you browse and manage files both on your device and in the cloud. With its multiple updates in the last few months, it's no wonder that this app took the top prize. 

 

Honorable Metnion: Pacemaker 

Pacemaker took a close second this year despite only being available for a few months. It's a great, full-featured DJ app for the BlackBerry PlayBook that instantly won over many users. 

 

3. Best New Game

FlyCraft

FlyCraft was only released for the BlackBerry PlayBook in October, but with its quirky and fun gameplay it's already become a major hit. It was designed exclusively for the PlayBook and the developers have been very active in the CrackBerry forums taking feedback all along the way. This one is definitely worth checking out. 

 

Honorable MentionShadowGun

ShadowGun is one title that shows off the great gaming power of the BlackBerry PlayBook. It was available free for quite a while so many users grabbed it up and had nothing but great things to say.  

 

4. Best Accessory

BlackBerry Mini KeyboardBlackBerry Mini Keyboard

While rumored for quite a while, the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard quickly became a hit when it launched. It created an instant mobile office for PlayBook users on the go and was in such high demand that even ShopCrackBerry ran out of stock on more than one occasion.  

Runner Up: BlackBerry Music Gateway

The new and improved BlackBerry Music Gateway took a very close second for this category. One of our must-have accessories, the BlackBerry Music Gateway lets you wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth device to your home or car stereo with very little effort.

5. Biggest Story of the Year

Thorsten HeinsRIM's new CEO, Thorsten Heins

In January of 2012 the BlackBerry world got a shock when it was announced that co-CEO's Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were out and Thorsten Heins was in. It's been full steam ahead to BlackBerry 10 ever since and Thorsten Heins rightfully earns the spot as biggest news story of the year for BlackBerry. He's recharged RIM's batteries. He brought on a new senior management team, empowered RIM's people and he's a stand up through and through. We've always loved BlackBerry products. But BlackBerry under Thorsten Heins leadership has made us fall in love with the company behind the products too this year.

 

6. Best Good New Story of the Year

BlackBerry 10BlackBerry 10 Launch Date Announcement

The best "good news" story goes to that of the press releasing announcing the launch event date for BlackBerry 10. We've been excited about BlackBerry 10 since the PlayBook was first announced. Even though that was for a tablet we knew a new mobile platform for BlackBerry was coming. Then it was named BBX, and then BlackBerry 10 in 2011. But it wasn't until the January 30th, 2013 date was announced that things got really real and exciting. The new beginning is in sight. Bring on BlackBerry 10!

 

7. Worst Bad News Story of the Year

BlackBerry 10BlackBerry 10 Delayed

The biggest hit this year came when BlackBerry fans found out that BlackBerry 10 would be pushed back from a Q4 2012 release to a Q1 of 2013 release. It was a big setback for fans all over, but we've stayed strong, put the setbacks behind us and are finally near the official launch.

 

8. Favorite Leaked BlackBerry Story of the Year

Leaked VideoLeaked BlackBerry 10 Marketing Video

On January 31st, 2012, CrackBerry posted the first solid image of a BlackBerry 10 phone. That was the leak of leaks for most of the year, until September when an accidentally leaked RIM internal marketing video gave us a better glimpse at the first two BlackBerry 10 phones. We had seen a fair amount of the rumored full-touch L-Series, but this video was really our first good shot of the full-QWERTY N-Series device.  

 

9. Favorite CrackBerry Article/Moment of the Year

Thorsten Heins Interview

We obviously couldn't get by with one winner for this category, so we have a three-way tie.

  • Thorsten Heins making his first phone call as CEO to CrackBerry Kevin, and the follow up first Interview w/ Thorsten Heins
  • Kevin's Hair - I said would not cut my hair until BlackBerry 10 is released and I've stuck to it! The only problem is I now like my long hair and don't want to cut it short again. So I'm torn as to what to do. Though I'm flattered and honored (and a little freaked out) at how many times my hair was submitted as the CrackBerry story of the year. Thank you Thank you!
  • CrackBerry's story on Vic Alboini and Jaguar Capital. CrackBerry showed it's serious side on this one. And the cat has been declawed. 

 

10. Feature in BlackBerry 10 You're Most Looking Forward To

BlackBerry HubBlackBerry Hub

Out of all the features of BlackBerry 10 that we're looking forward to, the BlackBerry Hub takes top honors. The BlackBerry unified inbox has been put on steroids for BlackBerry 10 and is being replaced with the always on, always open BlackBerry Hub. This feature is one of the 10 best on BlackBerry 10 and will keep users peeking and flowing all day long.  

 

Runner UpBlackBerry 10 Keyboard

A close second to the BlackBerry Hub is the all new predictive text touchscreen keyboard on BlackBerry 10. Using Swiftkey as the predictive engine, the BlackBerry 10 keyboard makes typing with one hand a breeze as you can simply swipe the predicted words up as you go to bring a whole new (and awesome) typing experience to BlackBerry 10. The keyboard learns as you go, supports up to three languages at once and in true BlackBerry fashion it has been tuned and refined to perfection. With BlackBerry 10 you're going to hear about the company having the best keyboards whether physical or touch, and it'll be true.

 

That concludes the 2012 Awards! Now bring on 2013! 

 

 

20 comments

f1mx

This post really does reflect the mood of 2012 for the Crackberry Nation.
Happy holidays, Kevin!

whitbags

Yes, 2012 has been like book 2 in a trilogy, the boring one that just gets characters you met in the first book into the right place for the finale in the 3rd book.

KDB84

Well done!

But no question, get a haircut. . . . soon.

:)

npunk42

Good job Kevin. I wondered if you have given thought to creating maximum urgency while you have the unique opportunity to do so. Why not starting in January set your hair in dreadlocks?

travaz

Here is the compromise: Go get a nice style job and leave it long!

TheDutch20

Adam van Noordt no dude dont do it !!

G-bone

All good choices!
My two favorite things from 2012?
(aside from BB 10 - 'cause that goes without saying! )
Thorsten Heins - a mighty leader, fit for a mighty company!
Kevin's hair - Redesigned BlackBerry, Redesigned Kevin!
#BB10Believe!!!!!!!!!!

Driftdreams

I gotta say, I reeeeally love my Bold 9900. Even as BB10 approaches, I'm really going to have to play with these new devices fro a while before i'll be able to let it go. I'm already thinking of having a double life, with my 9900 used for work and the touch screen bb10 for play. Huge, LOOOONGTIME supporter of Blackberry. Cant wait to see the excitement thats waiting ahead. Using: Bold 9900 & PlayBook 32gb. @BBMARNEL #BeBold #BB10Believe #TeamBlackberry

TommyBB

I would have given the P9981 best device award but I guess that would have been too easy!

All good choiices and well thought out. Good work throughout the year Crackberry staff and here's to 2013!

naviwilliams

Impressive! I'm simply hoping the major carriers like AT&T get the BB10 devices out of the gate, no waiting and carrier testing and all that 'rubbish'.

Just saying :)

Kiddo_24

Almost all winners were my vote except for one.
BlackBerry 10 is almost here! Yay!
Merry after Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to CB Nation!

P.S. Get a haircut Kevin. That was the PROMISE!

BruvvaPete2

Ashley Esqueda needs honourable mention somewhere.

BBPandy

Yea I always look forward to her Monday Briefs. Sure I know everything that happened durring the last week with RIM/BB But she keeps me informed on Android, Windows, iCrap, ect.

BB_Bmore

Ashley is already a winner as she was not only born beautiful but also very smart too. A rare combination indeed therefore she wins everyday....Okay I may have a bit of a crush ;)

BruvvaPete2

I'll agree with you on most of your statement. There are more than 3.5 Billion women on the planet. Most of them are smart and beautiful. But I get your point :D

sputneek

Awesome concept, awesome post!!!!

Rootbrian

Damn! All of the BB10 leaks, new blackberries and apps, including reviews were GREEAT!! :)

3Dee

A nice list of winners and round up of the year in BB - better than most of my nominees! Surprised about the heavy playbook focus for apps and games.

Btw - the Ashley Esqueda devotees need to chill a bit, it's getting a bit creepy lol.

easydoesit99

The world didn't end and neither did RIM. Two! Two miracles! LOL.