Meet the 2011 Mashable Awards Nominees for Tech
The Mashable Awards celebrates the best of the digital world — and as such, there are a whole heap of technology categories. You’ll find them replete with Android, iPhone and iPad devices, as befits a year that saw the iOS-Android battle heat up on a number of fronts. But the plethora of fantastic, jaw-dropping apps and games available across those devices ensure there is only one real winner: you.
Check out their websites below, download the apps that pique your interest, and consider your decisions carefully. Voting is now open; you’ll find the voting link at the bottom of the page. You have until Dec 16 to vote for your favorite finalists. Good luck to all the candidates!
This category honors the readers’ choice for the best current-generation smartphone model.
- iPhone 4S – It may have disappointed those who were looking for a redesigned iPhone 5, but the extra speed, powerful camera and Siri functionality helped the device sell like hot cakes anyway.
- Samsung Galaxy SII – The ultra-slim SII, complete with Gorilla Glass, could be the most iPhone-like Android device out there.
- HTC Thunderbolt – A superfast 4G phone with a capacious 4.3 inch screen and an 8-megapixel camera.
- HTC Sensation – Similar to the Thunderbolt, with a dual-core processor, available on T-Mobile.
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus Prime – The world’s first Android Ice Cream Sandwich device, much delayed, will now be launching in December.
- BlackBerry Bold 9900 – The thinnest, hippest RIM smartphone yet packs the next generation BlackBerry OS 7.
- Motorola Droid Razr – A supermodel of a smartphone, light and skinny with ultra-fast 4G LTE inside.
Best Mobile Game
This category honors the readers’ choice for the best game designed for play on either a smartphone or tablet.
- Super Junior Shake – A tap-to-the-beat-style music game, with an extra turntable scratch twist.
- Angry Birds – Unless you’ve been living smartphone-free on Mars, you’re probably familiar with Rovio’s pig-killing, bird-slinging physics game.
- Parallel Kingdom – An augmented reality game that overlays a fantasy world on top of the real one, using GPS.
- The Adventures of Timmy: Run Kitty Run – A 36-level platform game with delightful graphics, and a lead character in a catsuit.
- Cut the Rope – Cut rope, swing monster, get monster to candy. Simple, no? No.
- Pocket Legends – The world’s largest massively multiplayer mobile fantasy game.
- Cows vs Aliens – A fun tower defence-style game: herd your cattle into a barn before the UFOs get them.
Most Useful Mobile App
This category honors the readers’ choice for the most useful app designed for use on either a smartphone or tablet.
- IMO Instant Messenger – A supremely simple instant message app that supports Facebook Chat and Google Talk, among many others.
- Zocdoc – Find doctors and dentists, read their user reviews, and book appointments.
- eBuddy XMS – An alternative to texting that costs you nothing, Internet-based XMS messages also tell you when the receiver has read them.
- Trapster – Got a need for speed? This app tells you where the police speed traps are. Still, drivers, let’s be safe out there.
- Waze – A community-based GPS app that gives you turn-by-turn driving instructions — and makes it all look like a game of Pac Man.
- Mobile Inspector – Need to sell your car? Mobile Inspector takes care of the details — and puts a miniature showroom in your pocket.
- Wunderlist – A great-looking to-do list app that works across devices, and on the web.
Most Innovative Mobile App
This category honors the readers’ choice for the most innovative app designed for use on either a smartphone or tablet.
- TagWhat – Curated stories about the location you’re standing in right now.
- Mobile Inspector – The car-selling app strikes again — and has the honor of being one of two apps nominated in two categories.
- Shopkick – This location-based shopping app offers users rewards just for walking into a store.
- Zaarly – A Craigslist-like marketplace where you name your price for second-hand products and pick it up from people nearby.
- Vlingo – This voice recognition app has a number of advantages over Siri: for example, it can update your Facebook status for you.
- Gravity Social Client for Symbian – Why should Symbian phone owners be left out of the social networking revolution? Gravity offers them access to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and more.
- Gigwalk – This iPhone app gives you access to a mobile workforce; you get to control when and where they do their jobs. Conversely, you can join the workforce instead.
Most Useful Tablet-Based App
This category honors the readers’ choice for the best app designed for use on a tablet.
- IMO Instant Messenger – The IM app that supports Facebook Chat and Google Talk, among many others, gets a second nod.
- Trulia – If you’re looking for a deal in real estate, this app just became your new best friend.
- Slideshark – Put PowerPoint presentations on your iPad.
- Quickoffice – Create and edit Microsoft Office documents from anywhere.
- Tripadvisor – The traveler’s best friend: find out about hotels, tourist attractions, and your destination in general.
- Houzz – A comprehensive source of interior design ideas transfers from the web to the iPad.
- Flipboard – The iPad’s best looking social magazine isn’t just based on your Twitter feed or Facebook posts any more; it’s adding media sources at a rapid clip.
Best New Gadget
This category honors the readers’ choice for the best electronic gadget launched in 2011.
- iPad 2 – More than just an upgrade, the iPad’s slimmer, lighter, camera-enabled young brother increased Apple’s dominance of the tablet world.
- Nintendo 3DS – Despite problems with its short battery life, this handheld gaming device delivers true, adjustable 3-D without glasses.
- Sonos Play:3 – A small wireless speaker; you can put as many as you like all over the house and control them from your mobile device.
- Kindle Fire – Amazon’s touchscreen Android-based tablet gives the iPad a serious run for its money.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Another strong contender in the Android tablet market.
- Sifteo – The Internet may be a series of tubes; this gaming system is a series of cubes that connect and play together.
- Logitech Fold Up Keyboard – Turn the iPad into a true notebook computer by adding this full-size keyboard; as the name suggests, it folds up and clips onto the back.
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