Nominations for the 2010 Best App Ever awards, the People’s Choice of mobile apps, are well under way. We’re expecting a record number of nominations this year having already received 21,000 nominations. Nominations are open through the end of the day, 12/31. We’ll open up the final voting a few days after the new year. Voting will stay open until January 25th and we will announce the winners of the Best App Ever awards during the 2010 Macworld Expo.

2010 saw the release of the iPad and a whole new class of apps. And this year we’ve included the iPad apps in the Best App Ever awards with duplicate awards in all categories. Below you will find the current top 5 nominees in each category and division ordered alphabetically.

Most Innovative App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» EpicWin by supermono limited » Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.
» Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC » Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
» Momento by d3i Ltd » Notes Plus by Viet Tran
» Twitter by Twitter, Inc. » Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad by Quickoffice, Inc.
» Word Lens by Quest Visual » Twitter by Twitter, Inc.

 

Best Visual Design

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» FlightTrack Pro by Mobiata by Ben Kazez » FlightTrack Pro by Mobiata by Ben Kazez
» Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC » Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.
» Knorr by CloudSourceIT » Pages by Apple Inc.
» On this day… by Sophiestication Software » Pulse News Reader by Alphonso Labs Inc.
» The Cartographer by A Tasty Pixel » djay by algoriddim

 

Best Use of iOS Hardware

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» 360 Panorama by Occipital » Blocktacular by evilBlue Studios
» Flashlight+ by More Blu Sky » Epic Citadel by Epic Games, Inc.
» PocketCPR by Bio-Detek, Inc. » Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
» Shop Savvy Barcode Scanner by Big in Japan » Instapaper by Marco Arment
» Star Walk by Vito Technology Inc. » RAGE HD by id Software

 

Best Navigation App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» MotionX GPS Drive by MotionX » NAVIGON MobileNavigator Europe by NAVIGON AG
» NAVIGON MobileNavigator Europe by NAVIGON AG » NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America by NAVIGON AG
» OffMaps by Felix Lamouroux » Navfree USA by Geolife Ltd.
» TomTom U.S.A. by TomTom International BV » OffMaps by Felix Lamouroux
» Waze by Waze Inc. » Waze by Waze Inc.

 

Best Social Networking App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» 9,999 Ringtones Uncensored PRO by No Tie, LLC » 9,999 Ringtones Uncensored PRO by No Tie, LLC
» Icebird for iPhone by Fabian Kreiser » Echofon Pro for Twitter by naan studio, Inc.
» WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc. » Facebook Touch HD by G-Whizz! Apps, LLC
» iLoader by Ky Vu » Osfoora HD, for Twitter by Said M. Marouf
» iSocialize by SiVola, LLC » Twitter by Twitter, Inc.

 

Best Publication App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Instapaper by Marco Arment » Instapaper by Marco Arment
» L.A. Times News Reader by Tribune Interactive » Popular Science+ by Bonnier Corporation
» PressReader by NewspaperDirect Inc. » Project by Virgin Digital Publishing Limited
» Reeder by Silvio Rizzi » The Times of London by Times Newspapers Limited
» USA TODAY by USA TODAY » WIRED Magazine by Cond Nast Digital

 

Best News App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» NPR Music by NPR » BBC News by BBC Worldwide
» NPR News by NPR » NPR for iPad by NPR
» Regator Premium by Regator, LLC » Pulp by Acrylic Software
» Stitcher Radio by Stitcher, Inc. » Pulse News Reader by Alphonso Labs Inc.
» iDygest by Dygest Inc. » Reeder for iPad by Silvio Rizzi

 

Best Travel App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Airbnb by Airbnb » FlightTrack Pro by Mobiata by Ben Kazez
» FlightTrack Pro by Mobiata by Ben Kazez » Hurricane HD by Kitty Code
» Trip Journal by iQapps » KAYAK HD by kayak.com
» TripDeck by Mobiata » Packing (+TO DO!) by Quinn Genzel
» Where To? by FutureTap » Packing Pro by Quinn Genzel

 

Best Productivity App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» 1Password Pro by Agile Web Solutions » 1Password Pro by Agile Web Solutions
» GV Connect by Andreas Amann » GV Connect by Andreas Amann
» MindNode by Markus Mller » Notes Plus by Viet Tran
» MyMoodTracker by Aspyre Solutions » OmniFocus for iPad by The Omni Group
» iLoader by Ky Vu » Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad by Quickoffice, Inc.

 

Best Musical App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Gyro Air Drums by Logic Consulting LLC » GigBook by Deep Dish Designs, LLC
» NanoStudio by Blip Interactive Ltd » Jasuto Pro by Chris Wolfe
» Ocarina by Smule » MorphWiz by Jordan Rudess: Wizdom Music, LLC
» iShred by Frontier Design Group » SoundHound by Melodis Corporation
» mScribble by Appular » ThumbJam by Sonosaurus

 

Best Photography App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» FX Photo Studio by MacPhun LLC » Diptic by Peak Systems
» Hipstamatic by Synthetic Corp » Filterstorm by Tai Shimizu
» Instagram by Burbn, Inc. » Photo Delight by Global Delight
» PhotoCaddy by Aspyre Solutions » PhotoPal by MacPhun LLC
» ProCamera by daemgen.net  

 

Best Artistic App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Faces iMake – Premium! by iMagine machine LLC » ArtRage by Ambient Design Ltd.
» Fluid FX by Autodesk Inc. » Fluid FX by Autodesk Inc.
» Slow Shutter Cam by Cogitap Software » Photo Delight by Global Delight
» SpinArt by 7twenty7 LLC » SketchBook Pro by Autodesk Inc.
» StopMotion Recorder by graf » Style Studio : Fashion Designer HD by XMG Studio Inc.

 

Best eBook App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Kobo eBooks by Kobo Inc. » Kobo eBooks by Kobo Inc.
» Google Books by Google » A Present for Milo by Ruckus Media Group
» PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Loud Crow Interactive Inc. » GoodReader for iPad by Good.iWare Ltd.
» Stanza by Lexcycle » Google Books by Google
» iBooks by Apple Inc. » Stanza by Lexcycle

 

Best Reference App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» AppShopper by AppShopper.com, LLC » AppShopper by AppShopper.com, LLC
» Articles by Sophiestication Software » Divine Office by Surgeworks, Inc.
» IMDb Movies & TV by IMDb » IMDb Movies & TV by IMDb
» Quote Portal by Decluttered Mind » WolframAlpha by Wolfram Alpha LLC
» WolframAlpha by Wolfram Alpha LLC » iFish Alberta by The App Door

 

Best Educational App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Math Ref by Happy Maau Studios, LLC » Heart Pro by 3D4Medical.com, LLC
» Mix’Em by 2MONSTERS creative group » MBA Learning Studio. Platinum Edition by Intersog
» SpaceTime by Pomegranate Software » Math Ref by Happy Maau Studios, LLC
» iHomework by Paul Pilone » iHomework by Paul Pilone
» iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff » iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff

 

Best Kids App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Mix’Em by 2MONSTERS creative group » 123Abc by 42loops
» Pig Rush by ReignDesign » 3D Coloring Book for Kids: Christmas by COMBOAPP
» PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Loud Crow Interactive Inc. » I really have to go! HD by Unieboek Het Spectrum b.v.
» Santiago y el Monstruo Amarillo – Temporada 1 – Parte 1 by CloudSourceIT » Interactive Alphabet – ABC Flash Cards by Piikea St. LLC
» Santiago y el Monstruo Amarillo – Temporada 1 – Parte 1 by CloudSourceIT » PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

 

Best Young Adults App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Masyanya #1: New Stories by Eurobook » All-in YOGA HD: 200 Poses & Yoga Classes by ARAWELLA CORPORATION
» Style Studio : Fashion Designer by XMG Studio Inc. » Maya’s Dress Up HD by Total Eclipse
» iHomework by Paul Pilone » Style Studio : Fashion Designer HD by XMG Studio Inc.
» iSocialize by SiVola, LLC » iHomework by Paul Pilone
» iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff » iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff

 

Best Parenting App

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Baby Monitor & Alarm by TappyTaps s.r.o. » Chore Pad HD by Nannek
» BabyBump Pregnancy Pro by Alt12 Apps, LLC » Serving Sizer Pro Recipe Cards for iPad by Creative Algorithms
» Family Tracker and Safety Center (Pro) by Life360 » iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff
» Flashlight+ by More Blu Sky
» Pink Pad Pro by Alt12 Apps, LLC

 

Most Innovative Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars by Rockstar Games » Blocktacular by evilBlue Studios
» Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC » Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
» Solipskier by Mikengreg » Osmos for iPad by Hemisphere Games
» The Incident by Big Bucket Software » Solipskier by Mikengreg
» Trainyard by Matt Rix » The Incident by Big Bucket Software

 

Best Game Graphics

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Backbreaker 2: Vengeance by NaturalMotion » Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
» Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC » RAGE HD by id Software
» RAGE HD by id Software » Samurai II: Vengeance by MADFINGER Games, a.s.
» Real Racing 2 by Firemint Pty Ltd » Spirits for iPad by Spaces of Play
» Samurai II: Vengeance by MADFINGER Games, a.s. » Zen Bound 2 by Secret Exit Ltd.

 

Best Game Controls

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Chopper 2 by Majic Jungle Software » Alien Space by Owens Rodriguez
» Eliminate Pro by ngmoco, Inc. » Blocktacular by evilBlue Studios
» Mirror’s Edge by Electronic Arts » Chopper 2 by Majic Jungle Software
» Real Racing 2 by Firemint Pty Ltd » Red Nova by Colin Walsh
» Tilt to Live by One Man Left » Solipskier by Mikengreg

 

Best Multiplayer Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Archetype by Villain » Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys
» Fruit Ninja by Halfbrick Studios » Flight Control HD by Firemint Pty Ltd
» Pocket Legends by Spacetime Studios, LLC » Pocket Legends by Spacetime Studios, LLC
» Real Racing 2 by Firemint Pty Ltd » Real Racing HD by Firemint Pty Ltd
» UniWar by Xpressed » Strategery by Affogato LLC

 

Best Casual Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com » Pocket Frogs by NimbleBit
» Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd » Shanghai Mahjong by MobileAge
» Pocket Frogs by NimbleBit » Solipskier by Mikengreg
» Solipskier by Mikengreg » Super 7 by No Monkeys
» Super 7 by No Monkeys » Supermarket Mania HD by G5 Entertainment

 

Best Action Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Fastar! by Cat in a Box Games » BATTLE BEARS -1 by SkyVu Pictures
» Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC » Gun Bros by Glu
» Minigore by Chillingo Ltd » Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
» Tilt to Live by One Man Left » Red Nova by Colin Walsh
» Trucks and Skulls by Appy Entertainment, Inc. » Trucks and Skulls HD by Appy Entertainment, Inc.

 

Best Arcade Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Backbreaker 2: Vengeance by NaturalMotion » Blue Defense: Second Wave! by Cat in a Box Games
» Blue Defense: Second Wave! by Cat in a Box Games » Hungry Helga HD by Grid Monsters
» Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd » Red Nova by Colin Walsh
» Dodonpachi Resurrection by CAVE CO.,LTD. » Super Mega Worm by Deceased Pixel LLC
» PAC-MAN Championship Edition by Namco Networks America Inc. » Trucks and Skulls HD by Appy Entertainment, Inc.

 

Best Family Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Gun Bros by Glu » Gun Bros by Glu
» LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 by Warner Bros. » LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 by Warner Bros.
» Mix’Em by 2MONSTERS creative group » MONOPOLY for iPad by Electronic Arts
» Splish Splash Inn by Shortstack » Splish Splash Inn HD by Shortstack
» Traveler’s Quest by Kitty Code » Style Studio : Fashion Designer HD by XMG Studio Inc.

 

Best MMO Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Eliminate Pro by ngmoco, Inc. » Dungeon Defenders: First Wave by Trendy Entertainment
» Pocket Frogs by NimbleBit » GraalOnline Classic by EUROCENTER
» Pocket Legends by Spacetime Studios, LLC » Pocket Frogs by NimbleBit
» Traveler’s Quest by Kitty Code » Pocket Legends by Spacetime Studios, LLC
» We Rule by ngmoco, Inc. » Turf Wars by MeanFreePath LLC

 

Best Retro Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Frotz by Craig Smith » Bubble Pets by miiifan games
» Galaga REMIX by Namco Networks America Inc. » EVAC HD by Hexage.net
» Karate Champ by Revolutionary Concepts » Edge by Mobigame
» Sword of Fargoal by Fargoal, LLC » Frotz by Craig Smith
» ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection by Elite Systems Ltd » Space Invaders Infinity Gene by TAITO Corporation

 

Best Puzzle Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd » Aqueduct by Kieffer Bros.
» Edge by Mobigame » Doodle Rain HD by RMF Games
» Helsing’s Fire by Clickgamer.com » Edge by Mobigame
» Infection Zone by MOBiDIV » Geared 2! by Bryan Mitchell
» Trainyard by Matt Rix » Mahjong Artifacts: Chapter 2 HD by G5 Entertainment

 

Best Racing Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Drag Racer: Pro Tuner by XMG Studio Inc. » Asphalt 5 HD by Gameloft
» Need for Speed Hot Pursuit by Electronic Arts » Drag Racer : Pro Tuner HD by XMG Studio Inc.
» Real Racing by Firemint Pty Ltd » Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad by Electronic Arts
» Real Racing 2 by Firemint Pty Ltd » Real Racing HD by Firemint Pty Ltd
» Reckless Racing by Electronic Arts » Style Studio : Fashion Designer HD by XMG Studio Inc.

 

Best Strategy Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Buccaneer Blitz by Namco Networks America Inc. » Buccaneer Blitz by Namco Networks America Inc.
» Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys » Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys
» Plants vs. Zombies by PopCap Games, Inc. » Sentinel 3: Homeworld by Origin8
» Sentinel 3: Homeworld by Origin8 » Shanghai Mahjong by MobileAge
» Virtual City by G5 Entertainment » Virtual City HD by G5 Entertainment

 

Best Word Game

iPhone/iPod Touch iPad
» Bookworm by PopCap Games, Inc. » Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys
» Textropolis by NimbleBit » Ravenous Trivia HD by Ravenous Games
» Vjeala by Just4Fun » SCRABBLE for iPad by Electronic Arts
» Word Solitaire: Aurora by Candywriter » SpellStacker by D.R.Thorsrud
» wurdle by Semi Secret Software » Word Solitaire HD by Candywriter
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