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Best iPhone/iPad App Winner: Angry Birds

2011 iPod/iPhone Readers' Choice Awards Winners

With over 800 products nominated and over tens of thousands of votes cast for the finalists, there were a lot of contenders for the 2011 iPhone/iPod Readers' Choice Awards.

In the competition between the big names and the scrappy start-ups, some big names prevailed, while some newcomers helped make their names. Read on to learn whether your favorite apps and products took the titles or if upsets abounded.

A big thanks to everyone who participated--especially the readers who nominated products and helped spread the word!

Best iPhone/iPad App Winner: Angry Birds

Percentage of Vote: 39%
Purchase Angry Birds at iTunes

The famously addictive Angry Birds, from Rovio, takes the Best iPhone/iPad App title this year.

Angry Birds is a physics-based game in which you use the titular angry fowls to destroy all sorts of castles across 225 levels of fun. It's been so successful that it's spun off sequels such as Angry Birds Seasons, and so successful that it's been the #1 paid app in the App Store of over 60 countries, making it a truly international hit.

Final Vote Tally


Note: Rounding errors may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Our choices for the best apps in 50+ categories

Best New iPhone/iPad App Winner: Tap Reef

Percentage of Vote: 64%
Tap Reef Review | Download Tap Reef at iTunes

Tap Reef, and its ocean full of virtual sea creatures, wins the Best New iPhone/iPad App award.

Love fish but wish you could afford to stock a giant aquarium with exotic animals? Tap Reef lets you do that without worrying about changing the water or cleaning the tank. This ocean simulator lets you care for and nurture a variety of undersea creatures--which includes keeping an eye on their mental health!

Final Vote Tally


Note: Rounding errors may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Our choices for the best apps in 50+ categories

Best iPhone/iPad Recipe App Winner: BigOven

Percentage of Vote: 41%
BigOven Review | Download BigOven at iTunes

With its 170,000+ plus recipes, BigOven takes the Best iPhone/iPad Recipe App title this year.

It may be hard to believe, but you get those 170,000 recipes--submitted by BigOven users--for free in this app. In addition to a keyword search, you can get recipe suggestions features like the Leftover Wizard, which turns your leftovers into a yummy meal, What's For Dinner, where users post their meal plans for the night, and Random Recipe.

Final Vote Tally


Note: Rounding errors may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Our choices for the 14 best recipe apps

Best iPhone Running App Winner: Gazelle GPS Tracker

Percentage of Vote: 46%
Gazelle GPS Tracker Review | Purchase Gazelle GPS Tracker at iTunes

A clear, runner-friendly interface helped Gazelle GPS Tracker take the Best iPhone Running App category this year.

It's not easy to interact with lots of small buttons or displays while your iPhone is bouncing up and down during your run. Gazelle's developers know this and so crafted an interface with big, easy-to-read numbers and lap-based workouts.

In addition to the interface, the app offers GPS tracking of your runs.

Final Vote Tally


Note: Rounding errors may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Our choices for the best 8 running apps

Best Free iPhone/iPad App Winner: imo Instant Messenger

Percentage of Vote: 53%
imo Instant Messenger Review | Download imo Instant Messenger at iTunes

You can forget bothering with different logins for all your chat services thanks to imo, the winner of the Best Free iPhone/iPad App award.

Via its single interface through the iOS app or its website, imo lets you chat with your friends across all their many chat services, from AIM to Google Talk, from Facebook to Skype.

Multiple buddy lists help you keep people straight and push notifications inform you if you've missed any messages.

Final Vote Tally


Note: Rounding errors may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Our top 6 social networking/chat apps

Best iPhone 4 Case Winner: Mophie Juice Pack

Percentage of Vote: 72%
Mophie Juice Pack Review | Compare Prices on the Mophie Juice Pack

IPhone 4 users on the go don't have to worry about running out of juice when they have the Mophie Juice, the winner for Best iPhone 4 Case.

The Juice Pack provides up to 100% more battery life than the iPhone battery alone, and it allows you to choose when the it charges the iPhone's battery so you get the most life out of each.

Combine that with its appealingly designed protective case and you've got a winner.

Final Vote Tally


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Our choices for the 11 best iPhone 4 cases

Percentage of Vote: 39%
Mophie WorkBook Review | Compare Prices on the Mophie WorkBook

An appealing folio-style design and adjustable stand helped the mophie WorkBook win Best iPad Case.

The mophie WorkBook is a sleek, light folio-style iPad case also delivers versatility. That versatility comes from the case's velcro feet, which allow it to be propped up in multiple positions for typing, watching videos, playing games, and reading.

Its attractive styling is welcome, too.

Final Vote Tally


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Our choices for the 19 best iPad cases

Percentage of Vote: 54%
New Potato TuneLink Auto Review | Compare Prices on the New Potato TuneLink Auto

With its wireless connectivity and clear FM broadcasts, New Potato's TuneLink Auto took the title as the Best Car FM Transmitter.

Unlike its competitors, which connect to the iPhone or iPod with cables, the TuneLink Auto connects via Bluetooth. In addition to using the iPhone's built-in GPS to find clear frequencies to broadcast on, the TuneLink Auto uses technology to eliminate hum and interference, resulting in a clearer sound with less need to change stations.

Final Vote Tally


Note: Rounding errors may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Our choices for the 5 best iPod FM transmitters



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