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What are the 60 best consumer tablet apps? The Tabby Awards announces its Finalists

by Michael Singer

July 25 2013

More than 150 iOS, Android, and Windows 8 apps from around the world competed for the chance to be recognized as the best tablet apps for consumers... and the results are in! The Tabby Award Finalists have been chosen.

The Tabby Awards today announced its list of Finalists. An international jury of expert judges selected 60 tablet apps for the final round.

The international panel of  judges was assembled in collaboration with the Application Developers Alliance and was co-chaired by Ravi Bhatt, CEO of BranchFire, and George Jones, chief consultant at Hit Detection and previous Editor at Maximum PC and TabTimes.

The list of Finalists is dominated by iPad apps, as was the list of submissions. Still, there are a few Android apps and one Windows 8 app.

Submissions came in from more than a dozen countries and finalists include apps from Canada, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Which apps made the list?

Below is a complete list of the Finalists:

Education

  • The Civil War Today (iOS, Bottle Rocket Apps)

  • Thesaurus Rex by Dictionary.com (iOS, Dictionary.com)

  • Virtual Human Body (iOS, QA International)   

Entertainment

  • Meo Go! (iOS, Portugal Telecom)

  • NARR8 (iOS, NARR8)  

  • TV Guide mobile for iPad (iOS, TV Guide online)  

Family & Kids

  • Distant Suns (max) (iOS, First Light Design)   

  • Nick Jr. Draw & Play (iOS, Nickelodeon)   

  • Reading Rainbow  (iOS, Reading Rainbow)   

Game – Arcade & Action

  • Badland (iOS, Frogmind)  

  • Grabatron (iOS, Future Games of London)  

  • Lego Batman: DC Superheroes (iOS, Warner Bros.)  

Game – Brain & Puzzle

  • Cut the Rope (iOS, ZeptoLab)  

  • Where’s my Water? (iOS, Disney Interactive)  

  • Word Dynamo by Dictionary.com – Word Games + Study Help (iOS, Dictionary.com)

Game – Casual, Board, Cards

  • Big Fish Casino (iOS, Big Fish Games)  

  • Fairway Solitaire (iOS, Big Fish Games)  

  • Jellyflop! (Android, Concrete Software)

Game – RPG, Simulation & Strategy

  • Leviathan: Warships (iOS, Paradox Interactive)  

  • Pixel People (iOS, Chillingo)  

Game – Sports and Racing

  • CSR Racing (iOS, NaturalMotion)  

  • PBA Bowling Challenge (Android, Concrete Software)

Lifestyle & Food

  • Crock-Pot Recipes (iOS, Publications International)  

  • Interior Design for iPad (iOS, Black Mana Studios)

Magazines

  •  NARR8 (iOS, NARR8)  

  • National Geographic, Tablet edition (iOS, National Geographic Society)  

  • Photography Week (iOS, Future Publishing)  

Medical

  • E-action info: Your Epilepsy Resource (iOS, UCB Pharma)  

  • Virtual Human Body (iOS, QA International)   

Music

  • AUX Magazine (iOS, Blue Ant Media)  

  • SoundHound (Android, SoundHound)

  • Vevo HD (iOS, Vevo)  

News

  • LaPresse+ (iOS, La Presse)  

  • The Wider Image (iOS, Thomson Reuters)  

  • Zite (iOS, Zite)

Personal Finance

  • Mortgage Analyzer (iOS, Nick Coleman)  

  • Westpac NZ Mobile Banking for iPad (iOS, Westpac New Zealand)  

Personal Productivity

  • Note Anytime (iOS, Metamoji)  

  • SwiftKey Tablet Keyboard (Android, SwiftKey)

  • ThinkerDeck (iOS, Human80)  

Photo, Art & Creativity

  • Keepshot (iOS, MyPublisher)  

  • Note Anytime (iOS, Metamoji)

  • The Wider Image (iOS, Thomson Reuters)  

Reference

  • Dictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus for iPad (iOS, Dictionary.com)  

  • National Geographic Today (iOS, Bottle Rocket Apps)  

  • Thesaurus Rex by Dictionary.com (iOS, Dictionary.com)   

Shopping

  • Catalog Spree (iOS, Catalog Spree)  

  • Groupon HD (iOS, Groupon)  

Social

Sports & Fitness

  • Dartfish Express (iOS, Dartfish)  

  • FitnessClass (iOS, PumpOne)  

  • Nexus – Nike + Experience Up-scaled for iPad (iOS, Apptreme Studio)  

Travel & Transportation

  • Booking.com Hotel reservations (iOS, Booking.com)

  • Conrad Concierge for iPad (iOS, Hilton Worldwide)

  • HotelTonight (iOS, DealBase)

Utilities and Tools

  • CloudOn (iOS, CloudOn)

  • Lennox iComfort (iOS, Mutual Mobile)

  • Tether – The Interactive Whiteboard (iOS, MEDL Mobile)

Video

  • History (iOS, Bottle Rocket Apps)

  • Hulu Plus (Windows 8, Hulu)

  • Renderyard Film Network (iOS, Giant Interactive)

Weather

  • Clear Day Free (iOS, Vimov)

  • WeatherBug (Android, Earth Networks)

Winner’s circle

The winners will be announced later this summer. The trophy ceremony for this one-of-a-kind competition will take place during Tablet Ecosystem, a new conference covering the business of tablet apps to be held on November 13, 2013 in New York City.

If your interest is more focused on business and productivity apps, The Tabby Awards is holding a separate competition, with a separate judging panel, for business and enterprise apps. Business app publishers and organizations ready to trumpet the effectiveness of their internally-developed tablet apps are welcome to enter the competition starting next week at TabbyAwards.com/business.

For those who want to be updated on the The Tabby Awards developments, including open submission announcements, you can sign up now at TabbyAwards.com/newsletter.

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