Televisions have come along way in recent years. Forget the big ugly box that sat in the corner of the living room, TVs today offer beautiful designs, super-sharp brilliant displays and great smart features, along with some fantastic user interfaces.
They are continuing to get bigger, better and smarter and this year is no different, with some excellent contenders for the Best TV 2014 award. From Panasonic AX802 Freetime 4K TV's that can identify you in standby mode, to the Philips 65PFL9708 9000 Series 4K TV that brings atmosphere to the surrounding room with its ambilight technology, picking just five for the shortlist was no easy task.
However, after significant discussion and deliberation, we bring you the five nominees for Best Television 2014 in a little more detail.
LG 55UB950V 4K TV
The LG 55UB950V brings a double dose of excitement, offering ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution, otherwise known as 4K, in addition to LG's webOS user interface and it also comes with the inclusion of a subwoofer.
READ: LG 55UB950V 4K TV review
The LG UB950V has plenty to offer as a 55-inch ultra-high definition TV and while it isn't the best at handling low-light scenes, as a daily television the smart functions are wonderfully executed and the punchy and bright delivery of colours means there's plenty to be excited about. This TV offers a dive into 4K territory but at £1599, it allows that dive without having to step into the higher price bracket as long as you don't mind a couple of small compromises.
Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B 4K TV
The Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B 4K TV is a great option for a 50-inch set and for jumping on board with the 4K ultra-high definition revolution. At under £1,500 it puts the future in your living room for a price that won't leave you penniless - unlike some of the competition. The addition of built-in Freesat HD with Freetime and Freeview HD tuners add an extra bonus without the need to buy into a separate set-top box too.
With a super-sharp picture and superb sound straight out of the box, customisable user interface home screens to dig into those apps and catch-up services, and that fair price to boot, the Panasonic Viera TX-50AX802B is a 4K TV as strong as any other 4K telly on the market. For those after an affordable 4K telly then this one should be a consideration for the very top of the list.
Philips 65PFL9708 9000 Series 4K TV
The Philips 65PFL9708 9000 Series 4K TV is one of a number of 4K TV options out there but this £4500 model offers a distinct point of difference: ambilight technology. Ambilight introduces coloured LED lights to the rear of the top and two side edges of the TV to project on to surrounding surfaces, giving the image illumination beyond the frame of the TV.
The Philips 65PFL9708 can take on the other five-star 4K TVs of today and hold its own. Add in the dynamic of ambilight and it goes a step beyond. It's incredible; an outstanding 4K television that delivers great results with the added bonus of all that ambilight brought at a price point other manufacturers haven't met.
Samsung UE48H8000 curved TV
The Samsung UE48H8000 is priced at around £1300, and while you pay the premium for the curved design, you get a lot of TV for that money. The quality of the picture is fantastic and it's a genuinely smart TV too, with lots of connectivity options and access to apps that bring you more content.
Navigation and control of Samsung's set make it a pleasure to use and the Smart Controller helps pull everything together. It's fast to react thanks to the quad-core processor driving it and while the curve isn't the only talking point, it is something to draw you closer to the action. This TV confirmed to us that curved TVs have a genuine place in the market, especially when they perform like this particular Samsung does.
Sony KD-65X9005B 65-inch 4K TV
Sony's KD-65X9005B is 4K and affordable, but not only that, it's one of the best televisions available to buy now and it's future-proofed for years to come too. The £3,600 price might not be small but for the money, the overall experience is simply epic.
The Sony KD-65X9005B has a great design, all-encompassing screen scale, excellent upscaling, plus you're all set for more 4K content and apps as they become available. Put simply, it is one of the best TVs we've ever seen, not just from a picture perspective, but from an integrated audio point of view too.
Voting for your favourite
Voting in the 11th annual O2 Pocket-lint Awards is now open so you can let us know which one of these great devices you think should win the Best TV 2014 award and give us your verdict on all the other tech across the 13 select categories.
Winners will be announced at the exclusive event in London on 27 November in association with O2 and Hotwire. For now, keep an eye on the O2 Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2014 hub for all the latest on how the voting works, who the elite judges are and the O2 Pocket-lint Gadget Awards shortlist.