Another year draws to a close but not before we celebrate the finest games, gadgets and other tech treats of the last 12 months in the annual EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards. It's time to reveal the winners.

You have been voting in your droves, along with the elite of the tech industry and Pocket-lint's journalistic peers to find the finest products in 14 different categories. The following winners and highly recommended runners-up are all therefore fantastic products that you should consider if you're in the market for new kit.

We've also rounded up all the votes in all the categories to find the overall product of the year - the tech that has made us all smile since launch.

So here are the best products of 2016, as rewarded in our swanky event in London. Huge congratulations to one and all.

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Uncharted 4 was well worth the constant delays in making it to market. Nathan Drake has never looked better and the many additions to gameplay make it the most rounded in the series by far.

Uncharted 4 is not just the best Uncharted game, it can be argued that it is the best PS4 game full stop.

Who could have predicted the global impact of Pokemon Go earlier this year? It's still hugely popular today and a very worthy runner-up.

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The EOS 5D range has long been known as the true enthusiast DSLR, the do-it-all camera for pros and consumers alike. And the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has an all-new 30-megapixel full-frame sensor to take that tag even further.

It may be more expensive than the last-gen model, even considering inflation, but it has stacks of top-end features on board that should see it appeal to a wide audience.

Fuji's latest compact system camera is, perhaps, the most advanced offering we've seen in its field to date.

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Sky Q is more than just a name change for Sky's broadcasting service. It's an entirely new platform that allows you to watch different programmes in different rooms and even supports 4K.

With all the content and ability to watch recordings on the go, Sky Q has all the potential of being the best TV service we've ever had.

With 4K HDR support, even Dolby Vision for compatible TVs, Netflix is going from strength to strength. It is also available on more devices than any competitor.

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The Amazon Echo is a Bluetooth speaker with the company's voice controlled assistant, Alexa, built-in. Not only will it play your tunes, but it can answer all manner of questions as well.

We think hands-free voice control is a godsend and that Alexa truly distinguishes this Bluetooth speaker from the competition. It blew our minds. We won't ever get tired of walking into our living room and casually asking Alexa to stream some music.

Dyson finally entered the robot vacuum cleaner market and showed why it was well worth the wait.

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Apple's shift from pure fashion accessory with some smarts to a device that supports a range of different sports and activities in the Apple Watch Series 2 is a very welcome advance.

With built-in GPS, a better battery, water-resistance and a much greater focus on fitness, the Apple Watch works excellently with workouts. It is now so much more than just a pretty smartwatch. It's now a smartwatch with a purpose.

Most sportswatches are only worthy of being worn when on an activity, not so the Polar M600 which is an excellent smartwatch too.

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It might be small, but the B&O BeoPlay A1's big sound makes it standout in the portable Bluetooth speaker market. And given how good it sounds, we think it's worth every penny of the £199 asking price.

Its solid battery, build quality, extra drive of bass and sheer audio clarity give this speaker the upper hand when it comes to sound quality. The BeoPlay A1 is well worth saving up for.

The Ultimate Ears range goes from strength to strength and the UE Boom 2 proves you don't need to be massive to get room-filling sound.

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With a clever application of technology, Sony has achieved wonderful results albeit with a slightly larger build than rivals.

The MDR-1000X are able to fold though, with a carry case included, and can work both wired or wirelessly. They have outstanding noise-cancellation with some very clever and effective features. Importantly the sound quality is great too.

Super noise cancelling headphones from the leading brand, but this time wireless too.

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The iPad Pro 9.7 tablet bridges the gap between offering a smaller iPad Pro and a more powerful iPad Air 2.

In the iPad Pro 9.7, Apple has created a tablet powerful enough to act as a laptop replacement. But it's done so in a way that still feels very "iPad". It's the tablet to beat all tablets.

Many have swapped their laptops for one of these and for good reason. Fast, light and very powerful when it comes to the crunch.

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The Charge 2 takes the best features from the Fitbit Charge HR and Alta, while adding a few more including VO2 Max and Guided Breathing. It also takes on Fitbit's new design ethos with interchangeable straps, solid build quality and a larger, informative OLED display.

If you're looking for a well-designed, accurate fitness tracker with a fantastic app platform, then the Charge 2 fully takes charge.

The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is an ideal device for someone who wants to track daily activity as well as record runs or walks in more detail.

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The ZD9 TV wins hook, line and sinker when it comes to HDR content.

Its unprecedented combination of colour, brightness, sharpness and contrast is virtually addictive, and undoubtedly adds up to what is simply the most spectacular and convincing next-generation TV picture performance of 2016.

Quite simply the king of picture quality, especially with the deep black levels that only OLED can achieve.

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Apple's refreshed MacBook is one of the most beautiful and portable laptops we've ever seen. This updated version comes with a faster processor and improved battery life, along with a new rose gold finish.

If you're after a stylish, peppy little laptop then the 2016 MacBook is approaching just about perfect. It's bold, sleek and, with all its trackpad and keyboard tech, feels like a futuristic extension of the company's wider range.

As exemplary as 15-inch laptops go. We can't think of any other Windows machine we'd rather own at this size.

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Setting up the PS VR might seem like a faff, with tonnes of cables and connections to sort out, but the pay-off at the end is a superb virtual reality experience - and an accessible one to many.

Virtual reality is magical when done well and if any device is likely to have a chance of exciting consumers it's PlayStation VR.

With movement tracking at its best there are no equivalents. Just a little pricy for some.

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Samsung might have had its troubles recently, but there's no denying this is an amazing device. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a fantastic smartphone in its own right, but it's the S7 edge that turns heads; this is the smartphone that's calling for attention; this is the handset that's unique.

If you're looking for a new flagship phone in 2016 then this Android champion absolutely has to be on your shortlist.

Apple's best phone ever. 'Nuff said.

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The Tesla Model S P90D offers eyelid-flipping acceleration, space-age design (especially on the inside), digital menus that would make Apple swoon, heaps of interior and boot space, plus, of course, your own robot chauffeur in Autopilot.

You also get sports car speed and a general feeling that you're doing something good for the environment in the process.

Twelve years was a long time to wait for a new XC90, but it's been worth it — it now leads the class.

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A very worthy winner for the overall product of the year, the Amazon Echo might just seem like a slightly clever Bluetooth speaker to those who haven't used one, but those who have always rave about it.

It is affordable enough to attract a wide audience and gives a great glimpse of the sci-fi future we've all been promised in movies for the last few decades.


The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards were first given in 2005. Over that time we've rewarded the best gadgets in the industry every year following the same criteria that we still do today. Over the years the categories have changed and adapted to reflect the insdustry at the time, but the core aim has always been the same. To help showcase the best gadgets of the moment, the ones that have the ability to make a difference to our lives, or merely are just great fun to use. 

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Best tablet / 2-in-1 2015

Winner: Apple iPad mini 4

Highly recommended: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Best laptop 2015

Winner: Dell XPS 13

Highly recommended: Apple MacBook

Best phone 2015

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Highly recommended: Apple iPhone 6S

Best camera 2015

Winner: Leica Q

Highly recommended: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

Best game 2015

Winner: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Highly recommended: Halo 5: Guardians

Best home entertainment device 2015

Winner: Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD

Highly recommended: Google Chromecast 2

Best wearable 2015

Winner: Apple Watch

Highly recommended: Withings Activité

Best speaker 2015

Winner: Naim mu-so

Highly recommended: Sonos Play:5 

Best headphones 2015

Winner: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8

Highly recommended: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless

Best TV 2015

Winner: LG 65EF950V 4K OLED

Highly recommended: Samsung UE65JS9500 4K

Best smarthome device 2015

Winner: Philips Hue with Siri

Highly recommended:Hive Active Heating 2.0

Best Connected Toy 2015 supported by InternetMatters.org

Winner: Sphero BB-8

Highly recommended: Anki Overdrive

Gadget of the year 2015

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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Best game 2014

Winner: Alien: Isolation

Highly recommended: Mario Kart 8 

Best system camera 2014

Winner: Panasonic Lumix GH4

Highly recommended: Nikon D810

Best phone 2014 in association with O2 Refresh

Winner: Apple iPhone 6

Highly recommended: HTC One (M8)

Best tablet 2014

Winner: Apple iPad Air 2

Highly recommended: Tesco Hudl 2

Best phablet 2014

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Highly recommended: Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Best laptop / 2-in-1 2014

Winner: Apple MacBook Air 2014

Highly recommended: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Best home entertainment device 2014

Winner: Sony PlayStation 4

Highly recommended: Xbox One

Best headphones 2014

Winner: Sony MDR-1A

Highly recommended: Philips Fidelio M2BT

Best TV 2014

Winner: Sony KD-65X9005B 4K TV

Highly recommended: Panasonic AX802 Freetime

Best smarthome device 2014

Winner: Philips Hue

Highly recommended: Nest

Best speakers 2014

Winner: Cambridge Audio Go V2

Highly recommended: Ruark MR1 Bluetooth speakers

Best compact camera 2014

Winner: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

Highly recommended: Panasonic Lumix LX100

Best wearable 2014 in association with O2 Smart Tech

Winner: LG G Watch R

Highly recommended: Pebble Steel

Product of the year 2014

Winner: iPhone 6

Highly recommended: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Best digital compact camera 2013 - Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II - review

Best digital system camera 2013 - Sony Alpha A7 - review

Best game 2013 - Grand Theft Auto V - review

Best home entertainment device 2013 - Now TV - review

Best wearable tech 2013 - Pebble - review

Best headphones 2013 - Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear - review 

Best portable speakers 2013 - Cambridge Audio Minx Go - review

Best Television 2013 - Sony KD-65X9005A 65-inch 4K TV - review

Best tablet 2013 -  Apple iPad Air - review

Best mobile phone 2013 - HTC One - review

Best phablets 2013 - Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - review

Best laptop 2013 - MacBook Air 13-inch - review

Product of the year 2013 - Apple iPad Air - review

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Best digital camera 2012 - Nikon D800

Best laptop 2012 - Apple MacBook Air 13-inch

Best app 2012 - Google Chrome

Best game 2012 - Journey

Best home entertainment device 2012 - Sky TV

Best portable audio 2012 - iPod Touch 5th generation

Best TV 2012 - Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT50B and the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX853

Best tablet 2012 - Nexus 7

Best mobile phone 2012 - Samsung Galaxy S III

Innovation of the year 2012 - Nike+ Fuelband

Product of the year 2012 - Windows 8

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Best digital camera in association with Jessops 2011 - Sony NEX-5N - review

Best laptop 2011 - Apple MacBook Air 13-inch - review

Best app 2011 - Sky Go - review 

Best game 2011 - Batman: Arkham City - review

Best home entertainment device 2011 - Sonos Play:3 - review

Best TV 2011 - Samsung UE55D8000 - review

Best tablet 2011 - Apple iPad 2 - review

Best phone 2011 - Samsung Galaxy S II - review

Innovation of the year 2011 - OnLive - review

Product of the year 2011 - Apple iPad 2 - review

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Best audio 2010 - Apple iPod touch 4G

Best app 2010 - Amazon Kindle app

Best game 2010 - Angry Birds

Best TV 2010 - Philips 21:9 Cinema 3D

Best home cinema kit 2010 - Xbox 360 S

Best phone 2010 - HTC Desire HD

Best camera 2010 - Canon EOS 550D

Best computer 2010 - Apple iPad

Innovation of the year 2010 - Microsoft Kinect

Product of the year 2010 - Kindle Wi-Fi 

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Best music gadget 2009 -  Apple iPod touch (3rd gen)

Best car gadget 2009 - TomTom XL Live

Best digital camera 2009 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Best laptop 2009 - Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch

Best software 2009 - Spotify

Best game 2009 - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Best home cinema gadget 2009 - PS3 Slim

Best mobile phone 2009 - HTC Hero

Best gadget 2009 - Eye-Fi

Product of the year 2009 - Spotify

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Best music gadget 2008 - Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin iPod speakers

Best car gadget 2008 - TomTom One

Best digital camera 2008 - Fujifilm F60fd

Best laptop 2008 - MSI Wind

Best software/service 2008 - Firefox 3

Best game 2008 - LittleBIGPlanet

Best home cinema device 2008 - Pioneer KURO PDP-LX5090 television

Best mobile phone 2008 - BlackBerry Storm

Best email device 2008 - Nokia E71

Best Eco gadget 2008 - Pure Evoke Flow

Innovation of the year 2008 -  Asus - for the Eee PC

Product Of The year 2008 - MSI Wind

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Best MP3/portable media player 2007 - Archos 605 Wi-Fi

Best headphones 2007 - Sennheiser PXC450

Best DAB radio 2007 - Pure Evoke-1S 

Best iPod speaker system 2007 - Logic3 i-Station Traveller speakers

Best mobile phone 2007 in association with Vodafone - Nokia N95 8GB

Best smartphone 2007 - Apple iPhone

Best mobile phone accessory 2007 - Jawbone Bluetooth headset

Best satnav 2007 - Navman S90i

Best car gadget 2007 - Griffin itrip auto

Best compact digital camera 2007 in association with Seagate - Fuji FinePix Z5fd digital camera

Best DLSR digital camera 2007 - Canon EOS 40D DSLR digital camera

Best printer 2007 - Kodak EasyShare 5300 All In One Printer

Best laptop 2007 - Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11XN

Best PC peripheral 2007 in association with Philips amBX - Sandisk USB SD Card

Best VoIP accessory 2007 - Philips VOIP841

Best software 2007 - iLife 08

Best website 2007 - www.facebook.com

Best TV 2007 - Pioneer Kuro

Best home cinema accessory 2007 - Apple TV

Best console game 2007 - Gears of War - Xbox 360

Best PC game 2007 - Bioshock

Best games console 2007 - Nintendo Wii

Best sports and fitness Gadget 2007 - Timex iControl

Best green gadget 2007 in association with HP - USBcell

Product of the year 2007 - Nintendo Wii

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Best MP3/portable media player 2006 - Creative Zen Vision:M

The Vodafone Pocket-lint best mobile phone 2006 - Sony Ericsson k800i

Best mobile phone or MP3 accessory 2006 - Bose QuietComfort 3 noise cancelling headphones

Best GPS unit 2006 - TomTom One

Best compact digital camera 2006 - Fujifim Finepix F30

Best prosumer digital camera 2006 - Nikon D80

Best imaging accessory 2006 - HP Photosmart A618 printer

Best laptop 2006 - Apple MacBook Pro

Best PC peripheral 2006 - Logitech MX Revolution mouse

Best home entertainment device 2006 - Sky HD

Best PC or console game 2006 - New Super Mario Brothers - Nintendo DS

Best software 2006 - Apple iLife '06

Best website 2006 - YouTube.com

Best gadget 2006 - Nintendo DS Lite

Product of the year 2006 (Reader Award) - BlackBerry Pearl

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Best MP3 player 2005 - Apple iPod nano

Best portable media player 2005 - Sony PSP console

Best mobile phone 2005 -  Samsung SGH-D600

Best prosumer digital camera 2005 -  Nikon D50

Best compact digital camera 2005 - Pentax Optio 50

Best PC or console game 2005 - Lumines - PSP

Best laptop 2005 - Apple 15in PowerBook

Best home entertainment gadget 2005 - Sonos Digital Music System

Best PDA/smartphone 2005 - Palm Treo 650

Best GPS unit 2005 - TomTom Go 700

Best lifestyle gadget 2005 - Sony PSP console

Innovation of the year 2005 - Dyson Ball