Picking the best of the best is never an easy job but, after much deliberation and debate, the Pocket-lint team has whittled down and weeded out the best gadgets and tech from the past year. That means we now have a definitive shortlist for the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2012.

There are five products in each of the 11 categories listed below, with a full review or hands-on listed for each. One of the stipulations was that all nominations must have been seen by a member of the Pocket-lint team.

This is all in preparation for the coming vote, which will be decided by the Pocket-lint team, a select band of top-class UK judges, an approximate further 100 judges from technology and gadget websites from all over the world and you, dear reader.

Yep, you will also have your say in which of the following gadgets you think should be crowned the best in each category for 2012. So take a look and click through on the links below. Voting will be opened on Pocket-lint shortly.

Nikon D800 - full review

Pansonic Lumix FZ200 - full review

Olympus OM-D E-M5 - full review

Sony NEX-6 - hands-on review

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 - full review

Dell XPS 13 - full review

HP Envy 14 Spectre - full review

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display - full review

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch - full review

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31a - full review

Netflix - full review

Chrome - full review

Where’s My Perry? - full review

BBC Olympics app - full review

Now TV - hands-on

Assassin's Creed III - full review

Diablo 3 - full review

Halo 4 - full review

Dishonored - full review 

Journey - full review

Onkyo TX-NR818 

TalkTalk YouView - hands-on

Xbox 360

Sky TV

Roku 2 XS - full review

Philips Fidelio X1 headphones - full review

iPod touch fifth generation - full review

Phonak Audeo PFE 232 - full review

B&W P3 - full review

Jawbone Big Jambox - full review

Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT50B

Sony Bravia KDL-46HX853 - full review

Philips 46PFL9707

Samsung ES8000 - full review

LG 55LM960V - full review

Nexus 7 - full review

iPad mini - full review

Microsoft Surface RT - hands-on

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity - full review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - full review

iPhone 5 - full review

Samsung Galaxy S III - full review

HTC One X+ - full review

Nokia Lumia 820 - hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - full review

Philips hue - hands-on

Nokia PureView

Nike+ Fuelband - full review

Nintendo Wii U - hands-on

Illuminated E-Ink

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - full review

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 - full review

Samsung Galaxy S III - full review 

Windows 8 - full review

iPad mini - full review

If you want to find out what makes the Pocket-lint awards different, read about how the award voting works.