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 Pocket-lint team and elite of the tech industry to find the finest products in 18 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. And there's a special EE Superfast Award, given to a product or service that brings speed firmly to mind.
So here are the best products of 2017, as rewarded in our swanky event in London. Huge congratulations to one and all.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best game
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been crafted with so much love, care and attention that you feel just as involved when playing. The sandbox you are given to play in is enormous and the game will eat time like a Sutton United goalkeeper eats pies.
It was always one of the best games of the year, but now it's been been confirmed as the best full stop. It's an old cliché that each console generation starts with a game that sells the hardware on its own. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is that game.
- The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild review: Game of the year already
- See Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Amazon US - Amazon UK
Highly recommended: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
A superb game, if a little short. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy proves there can be life in the series after Nathan Drake.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best interchangeable lens camera
Panasonic Lumix GH5
When it comes to processing, features and video capture the Panasonic Lumix GH5 offers out-of-this-world top quality. Many will lean towards it for its video feature-set alone and we can see why. A host of pro spec features puts it head and shoulders above anything else you can buy at this price point.
When it comes to stills, the inclusion of 4K/6K Photo for rapid shooting, 12fps for more conventional full-resolution shooting, and 5-axis optimisation for ultra-steady assistance all add up to something quite special.
Highly recommended: Fujifilm X-T20
The Fujifilm X-T20 ran the Panasonic camera a close second. We particularly love its exceptional image quality.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best compact camera
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V
There's no doubting that the Sony RX100 V is a brilliant compact camera. It's small, it's powerful, its continuous autofocus is notably improved and the images it can enable you to capture are great.
The competition has started to attack the 1-inch sensor market harder than ever before, but if you're looking for a fantastic high-end compact then the RX100 V ticks plenty of the necessary boxes.
- Sony RX100 V review: Impressive, but resting on its laurels
- See Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V on Amazon US - Amazon UK
Highly recommended: Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
For the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II's £400 outlay, the 1-inch sensor at its heart is very capable and the lens combines to produce images that are far beyond what a phone camera could produce.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+
Samsung waited a little later in 2017 to unleash its flagship phone - but it was well worth the wait. Exquisite design, a high-quality waterproof build, great camera, plus 3.5mm headphone socket for those decent AKG headphones just to kick off to list of positives. But it's the refined software experience - which offers you choices and functions - and top-class performance where the S8 and S8+ outstrip other flagships.
Then there are those displays. Some might think the near-2:1 aspect ratio to be odd, but once they've been put to use binge-watching Netflix or Amazon Video you'll fall in love with the quality and the expansiveness that they offer. In short: the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are both masterpieces. They are expensive, but worth it.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A mobile masterpiece
- Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none
- See Samsung Galaxy S8 on Amazon US - Amazon UK
Highly recommended: Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a pleasure to use, packed full of innovative features and practical functionality. Regardless of price, it hits the ball out of the court with power, camera performance and its customisation options.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best mid-range phone
The Honor 9 is a siren in the mid-range phone market. Its eye-catching design is paired with highly capable performance for a price point that, in the context of 2017, undercuts the OnePlus 5 by a sizeable enough margin to leave the Honor in a field of its own.
Honor is rapidly becoming an unstoppable brand in the affordable phone market.
Highly recommended: Moto G5 Plus
The Moto G5 Plus is one of the best phones you'll find at a £250 price point. It is brilliantly sized, well designed and works a treat.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best tablet / 2-in-1
Apple iPad Pro 10.5
The Apple iPad Pro 10.5 is a lovely tablet to not only look at, but to use. It wins on performance, display, camera and size. As a tablet, there are few better than the iPad Pro and in the 10.5-inch size it feels like the perfect ultra-portable companion.
The iPad Pro 10.5 makes a number of tasks easier than our MacBook Pro, so it became a natural laptop replacement for when we were on the go, while the full-size keyboard also makes it feel like a natural laptop alternative.
- Apple iPad Pro 10.5 review: The tablet to finally replace your laptop?
- See Apple iPad Pro 10.5 on Amazon US - Amazon UK
Highly recommended: Microsoft Surface Pro
The 2017 Microsoft Surface Pro shows how far the company has come with the series. It's a really well made and great performing Windows device.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best laptop
Microsoft Surface Laptop
The Microsoft Surface Laptop is a really interesting laptop. It's gorgeous to look at, incredibly well built and is a powerful, silent operator with an excellent screen and decent battery life.
Viewed as an out-and-out everyday laptop or MacBook rival and the Surface Laptop is a potentially fantastic machine for many. If we were going to buy a Windows machine tomorrow it would be the Surface Laptop.
- Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor
- See Microsoft Surface Laptop on Amazon US - Amazon UK
Highly recommended: Apple MacBook
If you're an Apple head and used to MacOS then the latest Apple MacBook is a very enticing proposition. When it's time to lay our ageing Air to rest, this is the model that we'll be putting on our shopping list.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best headphones
Bowers & Wilkins PX
Bowers & Wilkins comes from a true audiophile perspective and, in the PX, offers a best-in-class alternative to its already brilliant rivals. There is no doubting its audio performance prowess, with ANC both on and off, and in the new design flourishes it has a device to perhaps tempt those otherwise drawn by the Apple-owned Beats.
We certainly welcome B&W finally embracing ANC because patience has been rewarded. The B&W PX is a shining example of just how good noise-cancelling headphones can be.
- Bowers & Wilkins PX review: ANC and audiophile talents combine in these knock-out over-ears
- See Bowers & Wilkins PX on Amazon US - Amazon UK
Highly recommended: Beats Studio 3 Wireless
Ultra-long battery life, attractive and comfortable design, and serious sound quality makes the Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones stand out amongst their over-ear competition.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best in-ear headphones
Sony has been making a big push into the headphone market over the past few years, and the WF-1000X show the company is serious about challenging in the in-ear market too. The combination of top audio quality, an attractive design, noise-cancelling and a comfortable fit make the WF-1000X the wire-free in-ears to beat.
Simply put: the WF-1000X are comfortably the best all-round performing earphones in the wire-free category. Bravo Sony, bravo.
- Sony WF-1000X review: The wire-free earphones to beat
- See Sony WF-1000X on Amazon US - Amazon UK
Highly recommended: Bose QuietControl 30
With the US audio firm at the helm you expect audio quality and noise-cancelling to be great - and the Bose QuietControl 30 definitely delivers on that reputation.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best TV
LG OLED B7
With the same panel and support in this LG B7 OLED TV as the far pricier G model, there's no denying the rich picture quality of the B7 makes it easy to fall for. You can pick up cheaper LCD TVs that have the brightness to beat the B7 in the HDR stakes, but such tellies aren't a patch on the overall richness and performance when it comes to offering really deep and precise blacks.
There are OLED rivals from Panasonic, Philips and Sony, but you've got to hand it to LG: the B7 is magnificent, an absolute joy to watch. In this 55-inch size, it's extraordinarily tempting, especially as you can buy it for under £2,000.
Highly recommended: Sony A1 Bravia OLED
The Sony A1 looks stunning, is packed with the sort of innovation and uniqueness that Sony is increasingly striving for these days, and best of all produces some genuinely beautiful pictures and strong sound quality.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best home entertainment device
Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
The simplicity of the Amazon Fire TV Stick makes it a great option for a second TV or those with a Full HD main set. It's also considerably cheaper than many alternatives on the market.
It has an excellent user interface and Alexa support for voice-control is a welcome addition, especially with its visual cue cards adding to the experience. For a penny shy of £40, you really can't go wrong with the 2017 Amazon Fire TV Stick.
- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote review: The best media player under £40?
- See Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote on Amazon US - Amazon UK
Highly recommended: Sky Q
Sky Q really shines in the vast amount of content it offers, with a lot in Ultra HD. And thanks to constant updates that add new features, including voice search, it feels new and innovative as time passes.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best streaming service
Netflix offers a wide selection of movies and TV shows, with several series being exclusive to the platform or even made and funded by Netflix itself. The user interface of Netflix is also pretty much standardised, offering a similar experience no matter the platform.
Most of the films and TV episodes are presented in HD, which means they are 1080p and have 5.1 surround sound where applicable. 4K video streaming is also available for some content, in HDR and Dolby Vision for supported devices. Netflix also offers the ability to download movies and TV shows to your mobile device, so you can watch them offline, which is an excellent feature.
Highly recommended: Spotify
Spotify is the current King of music streaming, with over 50 million paying subscribers and 125 million users overall.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best smart home device
We think hands-free voice control is a godsend and that Alexa, Amazon Echo's personal assistant, truly distinguishes this Bluetooth speaker from the competition. The 2016 model continues to blow our minds, even though it has recently been replaced - whether for listening to music, adding to our shopping list, adjusting the heating or asking other apps to do their thing.
As time has gone by, Alexa has evolved and delivered more than we'd have ever imagined. The rise of the smart speaker owes itself to the Echo, the original, and in many people's view, the best.
Highly recommended: Google Wifi
If you're looking to patch-up Wi-Fi weak spots or extend the reach of your internet around the home, then a mesh network solution using multiple Google Wifi units is a great way of doing it.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best wireless speaker
The Sonos PlayBase is beautifully designed as the perfect sound-enhancing solution for your telly. It delivers excellent sound quality and enough bass to be sufficient as a top notch standalone speaker too. And if you want to add other Sonos speakers and the Sub then it can also be setup as the ultimate 5.1 system.
If you've got the cash then the PlayBase is a have-your-cake-and-eat-it kind of speaker. It's great for music, radically enhances TV audio, blows away the PlayBar's more dated design, and is the perfect addition to Sonos's full around-the-home audio package.
- Sonos PlayBase review: Super-slim soundbase makes TV sound sublime
- See Sonos Playbase on Amazon US - Amazon UK
Highly recommended: Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom
The UE Wonderboom is ideal for those who want to get out into the world and not have to worry about dropping it or getting it wet. All without breaking the bank. The fun and simple design has plenty of appeal, especially in its various colour options.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best gaming / VR device
The Nintendo Switch is a glorious alternative to traditional home games consoles. Being able to play the full version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild when on the bus, Tube or in a doctor's waiting room is a delight.
When docked it holds its own against rival machines too, albeit with a fraction of the games library at present. But that will soon populate and, as well as Zelda, it's the only place you can play the superlative Super Mario Odyssey too.
Highly recommended: PlayStation 4 Pro
Until very recently, the PS4 Pro has been the only way to play 4K games in the living room without an expensive PC setup. It is fast, capable and excellent value at £350.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best fitness gadget
Garmin Fenix 5
If money is no object and you have no issue dropping £500 upward on a great, modern, connected sports watch, then the Garmin Fenix 5 will leave you more than satisfied. It's got enough smartphone connected-ness about it without hogging your attention, but it really excels when it comes to sports tracking - of any kind you care to throw its way.
As a piece of hardware it's sublime. The Fenix 5 is the clear king among its sports watch competition. Garmin's reputation as the best sport-focused smartwatch maker is clear to see.
- Garmin Fenix 5 review: Smart sports watches don't come better than this
- See Garmin Fenix 5 on Amazon US - Amazon UK
Highly recommended: Garmin Forerunner 935
The sheer range of data you can get, neatly balanced with enough smartwatch connectivity, set in the context of so much potential through the compatible sensors and accessories, makes it impossible not to recommend the Garmin Forerunner 935.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best smartwatch
Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch Series 3 adds more power and capabilities over the Apple Watch Series 2 and, therefore, its potential is amazing.
The Apple Watch continues to be the best smartwatch on the market - despite the likes of the Samsung Gear Sport making rather a lot of noise - and the addition of 4G connectivity on the go will, in time, only make that better. Superb.
Highly recommended: Samsung Gear S3
The Samsung Gear S3 is the smartwatch to get if you're an Android user. There's that solid metal chassis with meticulous fine details, hardy build and water-resistance, great clicky buttons and a smooth rotating bezel that's matched with a smooth-to-use operating system.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Best car
Range Rover Velar
Range Rover doesn't have to do very much to shift an impressive number of models these days. In that respect, JLR could have been lazy with Velar but it hasn't. Far from it, in fact. The fourth vehicle to wear the Range Rover badge looks fantastic, is a supremely comfortable cruiser, while the interior tech sets a new benchmark in design and usability.
Yes, the more powerful and more generously specced models rapidly tickle the £60,000 mark - but that does buy a great deal of technological wizardly, as well as many envious glances.
Highly recommended: Volvo XC60
If you want the best looking, best to sit-in mid-sized SUV - and one which offers you the best array of technology and engine options in the class - you need look no further. The Volvo XC60 is superb in its class.
EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017: Product of the year
It might come as a surprise that the Nintendo Switch won our coveted Product of the Year category in competition with all the other fantastic winners above but not to us. Anyone who owns a Switch will tell you just how much they love it. And the ability to play triple-A, top quality games when travelling is something to behold.
Even better is that the console is still in its infancy, with many more top titles and enhancements ahead. Nintendo won this award in 2007 with the original Wii and, in the Switch, has firmly proved that it is back in the game.
EE Superfast Award
Apple W1 chip
The EE Superfast Award is given to a technology that, as the name suggests, is fast and useful.
This year, the award goes to Apple's W1 chip, as found in the company's AirPods wireless earbuds. It is also used in latest Beats headphones, including the Powerbeats3, Beats X and the Studio3 wireless over-ears. The judges feel the chip is a perfect fit for the award, speedily and simply connecting Apple-made headphones to the company's range of devices, such as the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
Previous Pocket-lint Gadget Awards winners
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 similar criteria as today.
Over the years, the categories have changed and adapted to reflect the industry 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 are just great fun to use.
Here then were the winners going all the way back to our first Awards in 2005...
Product of the year 2016: Amazon Echo
- Best game 2016: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Best camera 2016: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
- Best home entertainment device or service 2016: Sky Q
- Best smart home device 2016: Amazon Echo
- Best smartwatch 2016: Apple Watch Series 2
- Best wireless speaker 2016: BeoPlay A1 from B&O Play
- Best headphones 2016: Sony MDR-1000X
- Best tablet 2016: Apple iPad Pro 9.7
- Best fitness tracker 2016: Fitbit Charge 2
- Best TV 2016: Sony ZD9
- Best laptop 2016: Apple MacBook (2016)
- Best VR device 2016: Sony PlayStation VR
- Best phone 2016: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- Best car 2016: Tesla Model S
Product of the year 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
- Best tablet / 2-in-1 2015: Apple iPad mini 4
- Best laptop 2015: Dell XPS 13
- Best phone 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
- Best camera 2015: Leica Q
- Best game 2015: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Best home entertainment device 2015: Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD
- Best wearable 2015: Apple Watch
- Best speaker 2015: Naim mu-so
- Best headphones 2015: Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8
- Best TV 2015: LG 65EF950V 4K OLED
- Best smarthome device 2015: Philips Hue with Siri
- Best Connected Toy 2015: Sphero BB-8
Product of the year 2014: iPhone 6
- Best game 2014: Alien: Isolation
- Best system camera 2014: Panasonic Lumix GH4
- Best phone 2014: Apple iPhone 6
- Best tablet 2014: Apple iPad Air 2
- Best phablet 2014: Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- Best laptop / 2-in-1 2014: Apple MacBook Air 2014
- Best home entertainment device 2014: Sony PlayStation 4
- Best headphones 2014: Sony MDR-1A
- Best TV 2014: Sony KD-65X9005B 4K TV
- Best smarthome device 2014: Philips Hue
- Best speaker 2014: Cambridge Audio Go V2
- Best compact camera 2014: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III
- Best wearable 2014: LG G Watch R
- Product of the year 2014: iPhone 6
Product of the year 2013: Apple iPad Air
- Best digital compact camera 2013: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
- Best digital system camera 2013: Sony Alpha A7
- Best game 2013: Grand Theft Auto V
- Best home entertainment device 2013: Now TV
- Best wearable tech 2013: Pebble
- Best headphones 2013: Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
- Best portable speakers 2013: Cambridge Audio Minx Go
- Best television 2013: Sony KD-65X9005A 65-inch 4K TV
- Best tablet 2013: Apple iPad Air
- Best mobile phone 2013: HTC One
- Best phablets 2013: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- Best laptop 2013: MacBook Air 13-inch
Product of the year 2012: Windows 8
- 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 2011: Apple iPad 2
- Best digital camera 2011: Sony NEX-5N
- Best laptop 2011: Apple MacBook Air 13-inch
- Best app 2011: Sky Go
- Best game 2011: Batman: Arkham City
- Best home entertainment device 2011: Sonos Play:3
- Best TV 2011: Samsung UE55D8000
- Best tablet 2011: Apple iPad 2
- Best phone 2011: Samsung Galaxy S II
- Innovation of the year 2011: OnLive
Product of the year 2010: Kindle Wi-Fi
- 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 2009: Spotify
- 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 2008: MSI Wind
- 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 2007: Nintendo Wii
- 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: 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: 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: Sandisk USB SD Card
- Best VoIP accessory 2007: Philips VOIP841
- Best software 2007: iLife 08
- Best website 2007: Facebook
- Best TV 2007: Pioneer Kuro
- Best home cinema accessory 2007: Apple TV
- Best console game 2007: Gears of War
- Best PC game 2007: Bioshock
- Best games console 2007: Nintendo Wii
- Best sports and fitness Gadget 2007: Timex iControl
- Best green gadget 2007: USBcell
Product of the year 2006: BlackBerry Pearl
- Best MP3/portable media player 2006: Creative Zen Vision:M
- 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
- Best gadget 2006: Nintendo DS Lite
- 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 15-inch 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