With connected homes becoming more and more desirable and app-controllable products launching left, right and centre making the crossover between technology and the home even more prominent, we have introduced a new category to the Pocket-lint Gadgets Awards this year - Best Smarthome Device.
There are numerous smart products available, and although many are currently in their infancy, we suspect by next year, this will be one of the hardest categories to bring down to just five nominees.
This year, the contenders range from Nest and it's ability to control your heating by learning your routine, through to Philips Hue and its updated system that helps you create a scene in any room using lighting and your smartphone so without further adieu, here are the five nominees for Best Smarthome Device 2014 in a little more detail.
Hive by British Gas
Of all the services offering to take control of your heating, Hive is probably the system that has the highest profile. That's in no small part due to plenty of marketing and a brand name that's instantly recognisable: British Gas.
Hive isn't the most advanced system out there, as it's very much about connecting what you already have but it is a great upgrade for a central heating system. Hive by British Gas is a straightforward and easy way to bring smartphone control to your home, with minimal changes to your system and at a cost that won't break the bank.
Honeywell's Evohome is a system that's more expensive than its competitors, but it offers modular control over individual room temperatures for not only the utmost control, but the potential to save cash on your heating in the long term.
READ: Honeywell Evohome review
Honeywell Evohome is a very clever heating system upgrade, there's no doubt about it. Despite being more costly than other options in its market, it is also more comprehensive too and the system itself offers both comfort and ease of use. It is about having ultimate modular control over the way your house is heated and Evohome achieves that in a way that other competitors can't.
Nest is a thermostat that learns your heating habits; that you can schedule from an easy-to-use app on your phone; and that you can adjust over Wi-Fi from wherever you are in the world. It's the best looking of the intelligent heating solutions we have seen and it is easy to use, elegant and has great app integration and controls.
When it comes to central heating control and keeping one eye on an economical spend, the Nest Learning Thermostat is a very clever little package. Easy to install, easy to make energy savings, and it was easy to see how much benefit it brought to our home compared to the clunky system of our old boiler. It's the future - and it'll only get better.
In 2012 Philips launched the original Philips Hue system - a set of three intelligent lights that, along with the Bridge connected to your home Wi-Fi system, allows for colour and brightness control of the lights from a smartphone or tablet. Two years on and the system has seen numerous software updates, plus an expansion into what the system includes from that original starter kit through to a range of different light bulbs and devices.
Hue is a brilliant system and while it isn't cheap, in many cases you might be able to justify the cost given the expanse of possible usage scenarios. If Philips can keep the innovation going at same pace as it has over the last two years, we suspect Hue will be an even greater product in the future, and the beauty of the system is that for the most part getting the new features is merely just about updating the app you've already downloaded.
The connected heating system market is well on its way with plenty options available and Tado's distinct sell is that it syncs with your phone to track where you are, when you're heading home and, therefore, how to automate heating and hot water.
READ: Tado review
Tado does exactly what it sets out to do: intelligently control your heating based on your location to home. For controlling your heating system from your smartphone and having a system that does near enough everything for you too, Tado is a great option. It is easy to use, intelligent and the physical components blend in well thanks to their subtle design.
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 Smarthome Device 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.