December 31st is here which means it is time to officially announce the winners in our CrackBerry.com 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.
BEST OF 2009 CRACKBERRY AWARD WINNERS
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Best BlackBerry 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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! :)
Don't listen to AT&T: Your phone isn't going to stop making calls
AT&T customers have been receiving warnings from the carrier saying that their phones will soon stop making calls. That's technically true, but the network change isn't coming until 2022. Here's what you need to know about the transition to VoLTE (HD Voice) on AT&T.