CrackBerry Best of 2009 Awards Winners Announced!

CrackBerry Awards 2009 - Winners
By Kevin Michaluk on 31 Dec 2009 02:50 pm EST

December 31st is here which means it is time to officially announce the winners in our Best of 2009 Awards. The voting concluded at midnight last night and we dropped audible word of the winners in our 2009 Year End Podcast this morning. Below you'll find the winners in each category accompanied with their award graphic (the winners can feel free to use the graphics on their sites!). We'll follow up soon with a full breakdown of the voting results (takes a while to chop the images out from the system and turn them into an article) but we made a couple of runner-up notes here and there where the race was tight and you can listen to the podcast for more details of how things unfolded until we get the follow-up post live.

Huge Congratulations go to the winners and all of the nominees. 2009 was a great year for BlackBerry and we can't wait to see what will be nominated in the 2010 CBAs.  


    BlackBerry Accessories

    Best Bluetooth Headset - Jawbone Prime


    Best Bluetooth Headset

    Jawbone Prime

      Jawbone PRIME uses an algorithm that digitally fuses together the best audio from its two electret microphones (the clean preserved high-end frequencies of speech) and its patented Voice Activity Sensor (the low-end frequencies of speech) to create a single, natural sounding speech signal.

      Best Stereo Bluetooth Headset - Motorola S9-HD

       Best Stereo Bluetooth Headset  Motorola s9-HD

      The wireless music experience has been enhanced with an upgraded version of the award-winning MOTOROKR S9, the Motorola S9-HD. Freedom to exercise, move around and commute without wires to tangle or hold you back, is now enhanced with high-definition audio and ear buds that reduce background noise and improve comfort. The S9-HD is the new benchmark of wireless music powered by Bluetooth wireless technology.

      Best Bluetooth Speakerphone - BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone

       Best Bluetooth Speakerphone  BlackBerry VM-605

      The BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605 is a hands free Bluetooth speakerphone from RIM. Enjoy your calls and your favorite music from your BlackBerry smartphone with the convenience and sound quality of your car's FM stereo system. It's easy to use. Just clip it to your car's visor, turn it on, and you're ready to start making and taking hands free calls on the go. And because it supports voice activated dialing, caller ID, and verbal notifications to let you know who's calling, you can stay in touch while keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

      Best BlackBerry Skin Case - Otterbox Commuter

       Best Skin Case  Otterbox Commuter

      The OtterBox Commuter Series case for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers the best of both worlds; incorporating elements from the rugged Defender Series line with the silicone, skin-like Impact Series line to create a slick case designed with your style in mind. It's protection without the bulk!

      Best BlackBerry Hard Case - Otterbox Defender

       Best Hard Case  Otterbox Defender

      The OtterBox Defender Series offers rugged protection for your smartphone. The Defender Series case will help keep your phone protected from drops, bumps, dust and shock. All features, keys and ports are accessible through the case, providing you with a unique, interactive safeguard. Included with this case is a holster style swivel belt clip. 

      Best BlackBerry Clear Skin - InvisibleSHIELD

       Best Clear Skin  Invisible Shield

      ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD is created from an ultra-tough, patented film that is exclusive to ZAGG for covering consumer electronics. Transparent and amazingly thin, the invisibleSHIELD is designed to precisely match the contours of every device, providing unbeatable scratch protection. ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD is the world's first and best solution of its kind, and the patent-pending application process will keep gadgets looking great.

      BlackBerry Applications

      Best BlackBerry Game - Druglord Wars

       Best Game  Druglord Wars

      Druglord Wars is an adventure game pitting you against the world of street dealers, crooked cops, and drug cartels in a battle for money and drugs. Starting off in debt, you will build your drug empire by visiting over 10 beautifully rendered cities, and fight attackers out to get you. 

      This category was tight! Druglord Wars won by only a five vote margin over Ka-Glom, both capturing 20% of the vote with Addictive Tower Defense at 18% and Texas Hold-em 3 at 17%.

      Best Business App - Documents To Go Premium

       Best Business App  Documents To Go

      Documents To Go Premium Edition - This ia a must-have for anyone needing to create, open, and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files while on the go! Plus, native PDF documents open quickly and clearly to provide optimum viewing experience on your smartphone. And now in version 2.0 is an easy-to-use desktop interface allowing you to synchronize files between your computer and smartphone. Plus, a new file browser called "Documents To Go Files" allows you to quickly manage all the files on your device so you can delete, re-name, move , and open documents all from one centralized location! It makes using documents on your BlackBerry smartphone easier than ever before!

      Best Communications or Social Networking App - Facebook for BlackBerry

       Best Social Networking App  Facebook

      Stay on top of your social life with Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones. This free application makes Facebook services - like sending messages, poking friends, writing wall posts, inviting friends to join and uploading photos - available on the go! Take Facebook wherever life takes you and don't miss a beat!

      Best Productivity App - QuickLaunch

       Best Productivity App  QuickLaunch

      QuickLaunch is a must-have application for every BlackBerry owner. With an interface that is seamlessly integrated with the look of the BlackBerry OS, QuickLaunch will create shortcuts to most any application on your device with ease and style. In addition the added functions included with QuickLaunch will enable you to delete several other apps on your device saving memory making QuickLaunch the 'Swiss Army Knife' of your Blackberry.

      Best Utility App- QuickPull

       Best Utility App  Quickpull

      QuickPull Pro conveniently simulates a "battery pull" on your BlackBerry, freeing up memory! Now with memory monitoring and advanced scheduling, QuickPull Pro uses "Smart Reboot" to free up memory, increase device performance, and enrich your overall BlackBerry experience.

      Best Twitter App - Ubertwitter

       Best Twitter App  Ubertwitter

      UberTwitter is a full featured location aware Twitter client which supports all of the features of Twitter as well as advanced capabilities such as: photo integration, embeded videos in tweets, tweet shrinking, URL shortening and a plethora of other features.

      Best BlackBerry Web Browser - BlackBerry Native Web Browser

       Best Web Browser  Native BlackBerry Browser

      With the native BlackBerry Browser, you are provided a dynamic browsing experience, to help you get the information you need, when you need it. With the BlackBerry Browser, you have easy access to the Internet with web pages that are easy to navigate and read.

      Best 3rd party browser goes to Opera Mini 5, followed by Bolt Browser.

      Best In-Car BlackBerry App - TeleNav GPS Navigator

       Best In-car App  Telenav

      TeleNav GPS Navigator turns your BlackBerry smartphone into a handheld navigation device. With the latest version of TeleNav GPS Navigator you can launch the navigation service directly from addresses in your email, address book or calendar, making navigation easy to start and use throughout the day.

      Best Streaming Media Apps - Pandora

       Best Streaming Media App  Pandora

      Pandora. It s radio that is personalized just for you, playing only the music that you love. Simply enter one of your favorite songs or artists and Pandora creates a radio station that explores just that kind of music. With your BlackBerry smartphone, Pandora brings an effortless personal soundtrack right to you whenever you want to listen to music.

      This category had a lot of great nominees, but it was Pandora that captured 54% of the vote over Slacker who had 29%. 

      Best Music/Audio App - Podtrapper

       Best Music/Audio App  Podtrapper

      Podtrapper is a robust podcast player and download manager for Blackberry devices. Podcasts are radio shows available for free on the web. Podtrapper offers a number of features, including automatic downloading of new shows via WiFi, cellular and desktop and more.

      It was down to the wire between Podtrapper and the 7Digital Music Store, but Podtrapper squeaked it out by a margin of 3%!

      Best Sports App - ScoreMobile

       Best Sports App  Score Mobile

      ScoreMobile for BlackBerry is a true application that's been built from the ground up for BlackBerry smartphones. We provide up-to-the-minute sports scores, boxscores, fantasy player stats, betting odds, game previews, recaps, top stories, and league standings. In addition we publish exclusive live blogs for key games.

      Best Health/Fitness App - GymTechnik

      Best Health/Fitness App

      GymTechnik lets you access your workouts anywhere, anytime. Track your workout routines online or on your smartphone. Engineer that better body and take your fitness to the next level.

      Best Free App - BlackBerry Messenger 5.0

       Best Free App  BlackBerry Messenger 5.0

      Get into BlackBerry Messenger and express yourself - your way. Share your pin or unique barcode to connect with friends anywhere, anytime. Take comfort in knowing your friends are only a BlackBerry Messenger message away whether you want to make plans for the night or ask a quick question. Chat and share funny stories, pictures, videos and more with individual contacts or groups of friends instantly. Stay in touch like never before with BlackBerry Messenger.

      Best 3rd Party free app was Viigo, followed by Poynt.

      Best from BlackBerry in 2009

      Best New BlackBerry Smartphone in 2009 - BlackBerry Bold 9700

       Best BlackBerry Smartphone  Bold 9700

      The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone offers top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features with support for 3G HSDPA networks around the world, a next-generation (624 MHz) processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, a 3.2MP camera and a sharp, dazzling display. Cutting edge engineering and premium finishes extend to the exterior of the handset as well, with a smoothly integrated touch-sensitive trackpad and a highly tactile, distinctive, fretted keyboard. The dark chrome frame and leatherette back add to the new smartphone's sleek and elegant look, while the narrow profile, balanced weight and soft-touch sides allow it to feel incredibly comfortable in one hand.

      Best New BlackBerry Innovation in 2009 - BlackBerry Optical Trackpad

       Best Innovation  Optical Trackpad

      The trackpad. Sure it's not a new thing to have included on a device but it is however, the newest thing to have on a BlackBerry smartphone and their implementation delivers a silky smooth user experience. After having used the trackwheel and the trackball, it seemed to be the next common sense step for Research In Motion to take on their non-touchscreen devices. Although, a good many people I know would still rather have a track wheel (aka Jog wheel) over anything. Gotta love 'ole blue and the 8700! :)

      Reader comments

      CrackBerry Best of 2009 Awards Winners Announced!


      I'm really not too surprised. Most of the answers were answers I chose. Everything that came out on top really deserved it.

      The Bold 9700 is by far the best BlackBerry of 2009. Hands down! :)

      I thought the Storm or maybe the Tour would have won, since there seem to be a lot more users of both Tour and Storm on this site.

      That just goes to show you how great the 9700 was able to rise up to in its short time since release. Its only been out for 2 months versus the 6+ months and 1 year the Tour and Storm have had, respectively. The 9700 is a monster, and the fans chose it as the 2009 champion in the end.

      In a straight comparison it is hard to say that the 9630 is better than the 9700. I think it is very clear what the best Qwerty BlackBerry is...

      Special thanks to those who helped QuickLaunch win the title of Best Productivity App of 2009! Extra special thanks to all the beta testers!

      Hope 2010 is great for Everyone.


      I think this list is pretty spot on, although the Storm's SurePress technology should have won best innovation. Anyway, Happy New Year!!!

      While I was surprized at some of these results also, I guess a case was made for each winner and they desrve the kudos. I hope all of the participants, the loyal Crackberry community, and the CrackBerry staff have a Happy New Year.

      However, I just can not grasp the Pandora love. People must not be into sound like I am. ;)

      On that note, its been an update or two since Pandora has been given a shake down on the home stereo. Off to do a little comparo.

      Gut says Slacker will shake the house with full rich bass, while Pandora still lacks bottom. Will edit this with my findings.

      FWIW Pandora feeds you music really well. It does get mundane IMO as it tries to narrow to much genre, leaving you with a limited type of music feed. No doubt if you like one type this will work well for you.

      Thanks Dr. Boost - make sure you go into the Pandora options and set the audio quality to "High" for the best audio quality.

      I'm not surprised that QuickLaunch won its category. It is one of my favorite apps; a "must have." My BB wouldn't be the same without it. Congratulations!

      Agreed, it completely transforms the phone. It's the first app anyone should purchase and it does so many things that it could practically be the only app you need.

      its a sad state of affairs when Facebook application for BB is the best of anything. i quit using it long ago, and just keep my browser minimized (opera 4) and use it instead.

      and maybe some people have a different BB browser.. but its just shy of a complete pos.. followed by opera 5, then bolt.. i'll have to revisit opera 5, the last thread i saw on it, wasnt too promising.

      happy new year all!


      Not quite sure how IS beat out BSE, I have skinned about five devices from each company and can honestly say that BSE is just as good, and way, way less money.

      Oh well! Happy New Year to all.

      MeterBerry definitely should have won. QuickPull is such a piece of crap and has given so many people problems. And their support is horrible. I switched over to MeterBerry and never looked back. It does everything QuickPull Pro does!

      I have to admit I voted for the S9, but I had to think about it for awhile because of the reason you mentioned. There's no doubt there is a design flaw with having a weak antenna in the back of the headset, BUT in every other respect the S9's rock. I have the regular S9's and the sound is AMAZING, they are extremely lightweight, and they are comfortable. Yeah I have to wear the phone on my arm for them to stay connected outside, but they sure make running a lot more enjoyable! I also had the Samsung SBH-600's, but they weren't good for what I needed. They did have far superior reception though.

      I have to agree with ADay8945, Meterberry is my choice as QuickPull only did one thing and it didn't do it that well. I too switched to Meterberry for my nightly reset and have had no problems at all. QP just couldn't get past being in Bedside mode for some reason and MB had no problems. Plus it watches my memory and battery and looks cool on the Home screen. :-)

      Everybody else, I pretty much agree with (some I don't use) and I do wish everyone a Happy New Year and Yeah to the CB folks for allowing us gnomes to post dumb drivel like this. :-)

      I just wanted to thank everyone that voted for PodTrapper! You guys keep me going and keep me wanting to develop new features.

      Thanks again and have great New Year! And as always, let me know what I can do to make PodTrapper even better.

      Versatile Monkey

      Congrats - I was quite surprised by some results also. Otter Box.... I truly believe it was one of the ugliest cases around.... I was having lunch with my nephew and noticed some busy office along the street to the restaurant... Ottter Box? I didn't realize the headquarters is located in a few blocks away from my office until today LOL.

      Sometimes function is more important than looks. I'm not at all surprised the Otter Box cases won. I do agree with you though, the Defender case is a bit unsightly, but it does offer the best protection available for those who need it. Personally I think the Otter Box Commuter is the way to go. I love mine...great protection without being too bulky. But if I needed it I would get the Defender...

      Congrats - I was quite surprised by some results also. Otter Box.... I truly believe it was one of the ugliest cases around.... I was having lunch with my nephew and noticed some busy office along the street to the restaurant... Ottter Box? I didn't realize the headquarters is located in a few blocks away from my office until today LOL.

      Congrats to all the winners! I was a bit dissapointed that the Storm's SurePress technology did not win best innovation. Anyway, Happy new year to everyone at CrackBerry! All the best come 2010

      Congrats to the winners, particularly in the app categories. You guys put in countless hours producing great products by and large. All the nominees should be congratulated.

      I'd like to know how the crackberrians voted regarding a few of the categories, specifically the best new innovation and phone.

      Can't argue with any of those choices though! Great stuff guys!

      Glad to see PodTrapper get some love. Hands down my favorite app for the BB. Thank you, Marcus, for the dedication.

      Happy New Decade!

      For the last time, Quickpull does NOT "simulate a battery pull." It does a reboot, that's all. You can't simulate a complete hardware power removal through software!

      Stop the propaganda Crackberry!

      I was wondering how they decided what the options would be? There were some things missing that I think should have been there. For example, they had the Casemate Barely There case (IIRC), but not the Incipio Feather. Why did the Casemate make the list, but not the Incipio? Whatever though...I think most of the winners deserved it!

      Congrats to all the winners! I was a bit dissapointed that the Storm's SurePress technology did not win best innovation. Anyway, Happy new year to everyone at CrackBerry! All the best come 2010