At the 2012 International CTIA Wireless Conference in New Orleans, Black EnterpriseÂ presented its first ever “Best in Show Awardsâ€ to nine device and software manufacturers. Check out some of the winners chosen by our tech advisory board.
Most Accessible Storage/File Sharing App:
In addition to the standard cloud storage and file sharing tools, Box.com gives users the ability to leave comments, assign tasks, and receive alerts when a document has been edited. First 5GB are free; Business plans start at $15/user/month. www.box.com
Most Accessible Storage Device:
Western Digital’s My Passport portable hard drives range from 500 GB to 2 TB; are available in five colors: white, black, silver, blue, and red; and provide SmartWare automatic backup software and WD Security for password protection and hardware encryption. Prices range from $119.99 for 500 GB to $249.99 for 2 TB; www.wdc.com
Smartest Mobile Phone:
The Samsung Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED
Screen and S Beam technology that lets a user transfer pictures, music, videos, and more from one Galaxy S III to another when the phones are placed back-to-back. Price TBA; www.samsung.com/global/galaxys3
Most Dynamic Mobile App:
No cash, no problem. The free PayAnywhere credit card reader and app can turn a smartphone into a mobile cash register. Merchants pay 2.69% per swiped transaction or 3.49% + $0.19 per keyed transaction. http://payanywhere.com
Most Inventive Tablet/Reader:
In addition to the newest version of the Android Honeycomb operating systemÂ for tablets, the NoitAvonne Loop Tablet 10-inch has a mini-USB, mini-HDMI, a SIM card slot, and up to 64 GB Memory. Price TBA; www.noitavonne.com.