Saturday, December 31, 2011

1st Annual Kindle App Awards Countdown

Happy New Year! Here we are, ready to count down the top ten apps for 2011 for our 1st Annual Kindle App Awards. But first, we've got to thank all of you readers for making the Kindle Fire Department your destination for free and cheap apps, tips, and news for the Kindle Fire. It's been a success because of people like you letting family and friends know, sharing our posts on Facebook, and mentioning us on message boards and forums across the web. The Fire has only been out for a month and a half (seems like a long time ago, doesn't it?), and already our page has tripled in size. Thanks to you, we're now seeing over 100,000 visitors a month, and we're excited about the prospect of growing even more. Actually, we're just a few days from announcing our first Kindle Fire Giveaway! We hope you'll stop back and drop your name in the hat for a chance at winning it.

Now let's get into the top apps for 2011! All of these are marvelous apps that have delighted countless people across the country. Thanks to everyone who cast a vote! And now, without further ado...

Name: Quell
Rating: 4.8 stars over 921 reviews
Price: 0.99
For people who know apps, starting out with Quell should be a sure sign that we're already getting into the best of the best. Superior gamplay, clever puzzles, and stimulating fun is what this app is all about, and it's growing popularity was just enough to push it onto our our list. Also note that they just released a sequel for this one: Quell Reflect.

Get your copy of Quell!

Name: Splashtop Remote Desktop
Rating: 3.9 stars over 113 reviews
Price: $4.99 0.99
Splashtop is one of those great apps we've been raving about since we first started this blog. It can sync your PC with your Fire, giving you access to everything on your computer. The value here is undeniable, and we've heard over and over how much people love this app. It's currently on sale for a full 80% off, but it's a good bet that price won't make it into 2012!

Get your copy of Splashtop Remote Desktop!
Name: Netflix
Rating: 3.1 stars over 642 reviews
Price: 0.00
The power of Netflix is almost awe-inspiring to behold. Although the story about this company this year has been about it's rate hike, people love this streaming service so much that it was a major factor in whether or not they were even going to get the Fire in the first place. No surprise then that Amazon quickly announced this app would be part of the original lineup, or that it would find its way onto our year-end countdown.

By the way, apparently they are starting to put together their own shows now, including bringing back old ones like Arrested Development! That's going to keep me watching in 2012, that's for sure.

Get your free copy of Netflix!

Name: Scrabble
Rating: 3.4 stars over 280 reviews
Price: $1.29 0.99
Scrabble has had an admittedly tough time for the Kindle Fire, originally releasing without a single-player mode, which upset a lot of people who weren't able to play it. The fix came a few weeks ago though, and the reviews since have been nothing short of glowing. It's nice to see an official comment from Amazon on the reviews stating that the fix has been made, and this much-loved game earns a very respectable spot on our charts for the year.

Get your copy of Scrabble!

Name: Solitaire
Rating: 4.6 stars over 1300 reviews
Price: 0.00
The longevity of Solitaire is enough to impress anyone. It's never the most popular game out there, but there are always people who enjoy it, and it never really goes away. This classic is currently the #3 most popular free app for the Kindle Fire, and ranks just outside of the top half for our end of year list. This is a staple for everyone's Fire.

Get your free copy of Solitaire!

Name: Fruit Ninja
Rating: 3.7 stars over 365 reviews
Price: 0.99
This game is one of the original mega-apps out there on the market. Making use of your devices touch screen, you hack through falling fruit, splattering seeds and fruit slop everywhere. Pretty, easy to learn, and easy to play are some of the attributes of this game, landing it in our #5 spot. For more fun, check out the Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots version!

Get your copy of Fruit Ninja!

Name: Cut the Rope
Rating: 4.4 stars over 1,022 reviews
Price: 0.99
I'll admit that this is a game I absolutely adore, and it's obvious that I'm not nearly alone. Glowing reviews, great performance, and there were even some new levels introduced recently (though I can't say the bee ones are my favorite). Anyway, if you haven't given this one a spin yet, I strongly recommend it!

Get your copy of Cut the Rope!

Name: Evernote
Rating: 4.6 stars over 486 reviews
Price: 0.00
There are only a couple of utility apps on this list, and so one has to be truly exceptional to compete with all of these flashy games. Evernote not only breaks into our prestigious top 3, it does so with plenty of flash of its own. Easy sharing, easy note-taking, and plenty of additional resources and information make this one of the best free apps out there today. Here's something I've always wondered though: Why an elephant??

Get your free copy of Evernote!

Name: Angry Birds
Rating: 3.8 stars over 298 reviews
Price: 0.99
If you ask most people what's the first app that comes to mind, they would probably say Angry Birds. The widespread appeal has inspired not only games but stuff figures, Halloween costumes, and even movies. It's a phenomenon that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. I'll tell you though, those recent birdday levels are tough! I almost couldn't beat them. What do you think of that new puffer-fish bird? Good idea, but I wish it packed a little more punch.

Get your copy of Angry Birds!


Name: Words with Friends
Rating: 3.5 stars over 134 reviews
Price: 0.00
What could possibly beat Angry Birds for the top spot for our 2011 Countdown of the Kindle App Awards? Considering so many of us are avid readers, it had to be a word game. Words with Friends, another hit from Zynga, made it easy to play games with people all over the world. It is a great game, one I've enjoyed immensely, but sometimes it seems like you can just put down any combination of letters and have it be a word. Otherwise, it's a fabulous game and completely deserving of its #1 standing.

Get your copy of Words with Friends!

That's a wrap for 2011. The Kindle Fire Department would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. We hope to see you again in 2012!


  1. Everyone knows elephants never forget! Evernote is a great way for US not to forget!

  2. That's a good enough explanation for me. Happy New Year, Rosie!

  3. what? no asphalt 6?? great list anyway

  4. "Where's My Water" is my son's favorite game. (he's 6 :) All the others are fun too!

  5. @guillermo: That is a great game. Sadly not enough votes for that one. :(

    @Lori C: Yeah, I was sort of surprised Where's My Water didn't make it. It honestly probably would've been #11. It is a very new game, so maybe next year!


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