Voting for the 8th Pocket-lint Gadget Awards has now gone live, giving you the chance to say which gadgets you think should be crowned top for 2011.
As you will see over on the voting page, each of the 10 categories has five products that have been nominated as the best of the year in their field.
We need your help to narrow those down to find the overall winners, the result of which will be announced at our awards ceremony in London on 29 November.
How the voting works
Unlike some awards, where it’s either all public and no experts, all experts and no public, or just members of the editorial and advertising departments, we like to do things differently here at Pocket-lint.
This year, building on the successful system we've used for the last 7 annual awards, we're adding even more input from even more sources to make sure that the gadgets that win, really are the best gadgets and products - meaning you can be confident to go out and buy.
Yep, we need your help to work out what these best gadgets are, and what better way to do that than to ask the people that have laid down the cash to purchase them in the first place. To help us, all you need to do is head over to our voting page and mark each product out of 5. Don't worry if you don't want to score all of them, or if you haven't a clue as to what some of them even are - we've got a clever system for balancing that out.
Once your scores are in, we then tally those results up and the product with the highest score is voted through. We think this is the fairest way of doing it as that means you aren't rating the products against each other, but on their own merit instead.
Your vote will count towards 10 per cent of the overall scores for each gadget nominated.
Journalists from around the world
Rather than just rely on what we think, we also ask our peers from the industry around the globe. This year we're hoping to get over 100 votes from experts who know what they're talking about.
While many want to get involved, many of their bosses don’t let them for fear of Pocket-lint being a better publication, and these journalists, being seen as supporting us, could then lose their jobs (silly we know). Because of that, we have a public list of judges and a Black Ops one. Last year over 50 journalists had to be in the Black Ops list.
Votes from journalists from around the world will count towards 40 per cent of the overall scores for each gadget nominated.
As a final piece to the puzzle we have an elite panel of judges in the UK that will get together and discuss the nominations over an evening, before rating them. They are rated in exactly the same way as the public and online votes, but we weight their opinions more heavily. These are the crème de la crème of the UK gadget press, and trust us when we say they know what they are talking about.
This year’s judges include:
Matt Warman - The Daily Telegraph
David Phelan - Freelancer for The Sunday Times, Independent, and Time Out
Chris Davies - Editor, Slashgear
Martin Standford - Presenter, Sky TV
Lucy Hedges - Stuff magazine and TV presenter
Ingrid Lunden - Paidcontent.org
Nigel Kendal - Freelancer for The Times, Wall Street Journal, and others
Stuart Miles - Pocket-lint
Chris Hall - Pocket-lint
Ian Morris - Pocket-lint
The elite judges' vote will count towards 50 per cent of the overall scores for each gadget nominated.
So what are you waiting for, head over to the voting page now where you’ll find really simple instructions on how to cast your vote.
Stay tuned for the results on 29 November.