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Pocket-lint Awards 2023: Shortlist nominations announced

The annual Pocket-lint Awards are back for 2023! Celebrating the best tech from the past 12 months, the Pocket-lint Awards are amongst the longest-running consumer technology awards in the industry, and 2023 is special – because it’s also Pocket-lint’s 20th anniversary. The Pocket-lint Awards will take place on Thursday, 9 November 2023, at a location in central London, and they will celebrate the best products we’ve seen over the course of the last year.



Pocket-lint Awards 2023 shortlist nominations

To qualify for nomination in the Pocket-lint Awards, the product needs to have been seen and reviewed by the Pocket-lint team. Having been placed on the longlist, the Pocket-lint team has narrowed down the selection to the defining products in each category. This shortlist outlines those contenders for the top prizes in the Pocket-lint Awards 2023.

Each product has been carefully considered and getting shortlisted is an achievement in itself. These shortlist nominations will now go forward to an elite judging panel made up of tech experts, including the Pocket-lint team and its contributors. The winners and runners-up will be announced on 9 November 2023 at the Pocket-lint Awards 2023 event in London, on the website, and across our social channels.

The coveted Product of the Year award will be presented to the product that achieves the highest score in the voting, revealing the very best that 2023 has to offer.

The nominations, presented in alphabetical order, are:

Best Camera

The best camera from the world of action, compact, mirrorless, and DSLR.

Best Car

Showcasing the best electric and future technology on the road.

Best Fitness Tech

Rewarding devices for active people.

Best Flagship Phone

The leading smartphones on the market.

Best Mid-range Phone

The greatest handsets for a cut of the cash.

Best Folding Phone

A new entry for 2023, recognising the growth of folding phones.

Best Game

The best game available on console, PC or mobile.

Best Gaming / VR Device

Our pick of the best consoles and VR headsets.

Best Gaming Laptop

The top laptops for playing games.

Best Tablet / 2-in-1

Our top tablet and 2-in-1 device of the year.

Best Laptop

Keeping it mobile, keeping it smart.

Best Headphones

The best for immersing you in sound when on the go.

Best In-Ear Headphones

Whether sporty, true wireless, or neckband.

Best Smart Home Device

Home security, robot vacuums, and more.

Best Smartwatch

When style and features beyond fitness tracking are key.

Best Speaker

The best-sounding at-home or on-the-go audio devices.

Best Soundbar

The best kit dedicated to improving your TV’s audio experience.

Best Music Streaming Service

The service that offers the best music experience online.

Best Streaming Device

The devices that deliver the best streaming services.

Best TV Streaming Service

The service that offers the best TV and movie experience.

Best TV

The leading televisions on the market.

Product of the Year

The Product of the Year is a unique award decided on by the judges and announced for the first time during the presentation.

How we pick the winners

The Pocket-lint team has reviewed a huge number of products over the last year with the very best are included in the longlist, which has now been curated into a final shortlist which is presented above. The majority of these products have been launched in the last 12 months, but in some cases, products or services that continue to make an impact will be considered.

That shortlist will then go to an elite panel of judging experts in the UK and a wider list of judging experts worldwide, including the Pocket-lint team.

The winners will be announced at the event on Thursday, 9 November 2023, as well as via our social channels and media partners.

When are the Pocket-lint Awards 2023?

The Pocket-lint Awards are underway. Here are the key dates that you need to know:

  • 3 October – Longlist announced detailing all the possible contenders for this year’s awards.
  • 23 October – Shortlist announced.
  • 9 November – Winners announced at our physical event.

On Thursday, 9 November 2023, you can follow the Pocket-lint Twitter handle for live announcements of the winners as our Editor, Chris Hall, reveals them on stage.

What are the Pocket-lint Awards?

The Pocket-lint Awards are held annually and look to reward devices that are best in class. Over the years, these awards have honoured products across a range of categories from companies such as Apple, Samsung, Tesla, Google, and many more.

There are 22 individual categories in total, including Best Game, Best Camera, Best Flagship Phone, Best Smartwatch, Best TV, and more. We will also award an overall Product of the Year. You can find previous Product of the Year winners right here.

The Pocket-lint team votes each category and selects industry judges who are experts in their fields.

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