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(Pocket-lint) - The annual EE Pocket-lint Awards is here - and this year it will be a virtual affair. You don't need to dress up smart, but do get the bubbly ready as it promises to be a fun event.

The EE Pocket-lint Awards looks to reward those devices that are best in class, across 20 individual categories, including Best Game, Best Flagship Phone, Best Smartwatch, Best TV (in association with Disney+), Best Fitness tracker (in association with The Gear Loop) and many more. We will also award an overall Product of the Year and an EE Superfast award, the latter of which is awarded to a product that has made our lives faster and better.

Today we are announcing the longlist of ongoing nominations ahead of the final best-of-the-best shortlist - which will be revealed on Tuesday 26 October. The shortlist will then go to both an elite judging panel of tech experts and you - our readers - can enter the public vote to help decide the winners. The voting will run from Tuesday 26 October until 23:59 (GMT) on Monday 1 November.

The EE Pocket-lint Awards winners will be announced in a video event - which will also highlight the year's biggest tech trends - revealed on Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 3pm (GMT), which you can tune in to watch right here or view on our YouTube channel.

The Pocket-lint Awards 2021 longlist nominations

The nominations are:

BEST GAME

The best game available on console, PC or mobile

BEST CAMERA

The best camera from the world of compact, mirrorless, and DSLR

BEST SPEAKER

The best-sounding at-home or on-the-go audio devices

BEST SOUNDBAR

The best kit dedicated to improving your TV's audio experience

BEST FLAGSHIP PHONE

The leading smartphones on the market

BEST PHONE (£250 - £500)

The greatest handsets for a cut of the cash

BEST TABLET / 2-IN-1

Our top tablet and 2-in-1 device of the year

BEST LAPTOP

Keeping it mobile, keeping it smart

BEST GAMING LAPTOP

The top laptops for playing games

BEST STREAMING DEVICE

The devices to deliver the best streaming services

BEST TV STREAMING SERVICE

The best way to watch movies and TV shows on all your devices

BEST HEADPHONES

The best for immersing you in superior sonics

BEST IN-EAR HEADPHONES

Whether sporty, true wireless, or neckband

BEST MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE

The best way to listen to music on the go

BEST TV (in association with Disney+)

The leading televisions on the market

BEST SMART HOME DEVICE

Personal assistants, robot vacuums, and more

BEST GAMING / VR DEVICE

Our pick of the best consoles and VR headsets

BEST FITNESS TRACKER (in association with The Gear Loop)

Rewarding devices for active people

BEST SMARTWATCH

When style and features beyond fitness tracking are key

BEST CAR

Showcasing the best electric and future technology on the road

How we pick the winners

The Pocket-lint team has reviewed a huge number of products over the last year - with yet more still to come - and the very best are included in this longlist, which will be curated into a final shortlist for Tuesday 26 October 2021.

That shortlist will then go to an elite panel of judging experts in the UK, a wider list of judging experts around the world, including the Pocket-lint team, plus our readers will help decide the winners in a public vote. The voting will run from Tuesday 26 October until 23:59 (GMT) Monday 1 November 2021.

The winners will be announced online on Tuesday 9 November 2021.

How voting works

Voting is simple and allows you to vote for the products you want to win. When the voting goes live you do not need to vote in every category, nor for every product. We think this is the fairest way of doing it because it means you aren't rating the products against each other, but simply on their own merit.

Once all the scores are in, we tally up those results and the product with the highest score wins. The public vote counts towards 10 per cent of the overall score for each product or service nominated - so if you are a nominee we recommend you get your fans and customers involved on social media, as in previous years it really has made a difference to the overall winners.

Writing by Stuart Miles. Editing by Mike Lowe. Originally published on 18 April 2018.