(Pocket-lint) - The EE Pocket-lint Awards reaches its 18th year in 2021 and once again we have whittled down hundreds of products to a select few to be crowned the best-of-the-best in their category. With 20 categories each year, it's no easy feat.
But, which gadgets have won the coveted "Product of the Year" award each year since we've been running the Awards? We've rounded up the overall winners, so you can see what gadgets have defined almost two decades of consumer tech.
Here are the ultimate award winners all the way back to 2005. How many of them have you owned?
Product of the 2021 - Sony PlayStation 5
The mighty PlayStation 5 is the EE Pocket-lint Awards 2021 overall product of the year and for good reason. Not only has it proven to be the fastest selling console of all time - even during a global chip shortage - it has been home of the finest array of exclusive games so far. Now you just have to try to get your hands on one.
Product of the year 2020 - Zoom
Let's face it, who hasn't used Zoom over the last year-and-a-half? It came from almost nowhere to be the king of video calling and conferencing durung lockdown. And, by constantly adding new features and being as consumer-friendly as it is essential for businesses, it thoroughly deserved to be our product of the year for 2020.
Product of the Year 2019 - Nissan Leaf e+
The most popular product amongst all the winners in 2020 was the Nissan Leaf e+. Not only did it set the standard for a more conscientious, greener future, it's still a superb looking car. Splendid.
Product of the Year 2018 - Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro was the Pocket-lint readers' and judges' favourite smartphone of the year for 2018. It was also the product of the year, full stop. In many ways, that came as a surprise, but it was an incredible device for its price and a real indication that Huawei had grown to be one of big boys in this field.
Product of the Year 2017 - Nintendo Switch
The Switch is still a revolutionary console. With an amazing selection of games that continues to grow, it redefined on-the-go gaming, not just at-home gaming, thanks to top first-party titles.
Product of the Year 2016 - Amazon Echo
The very first Echo was more about Alexa, Amazon's personal assistant, than a straightforward Bluetooth speaker. We wished at the time that the quality of audio was better and there was a built-in battery, but it still set the stall for a new wave of technology.
Product of the Year 2015 - Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
When design is done correctly it fuses aesthetics with functionality. The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge did exactly that; it was a phone that turned heads, rightfully reinforcing its position as the most enticing flagship on the market.
Product of the Year 2014 - Apple iPhone 6
When the iPhone moved to a metal body and to a new, larger, selection of sizes, it became a sublime combination.
Product of the Year 2013 - Apple iPad Air
Apple did it again in 2013, creating a tablet that was a lot better than its last. It was light, thin, fast and simply amazing.
Product of the Year 2012 - Microsoft Windows 8
Windows 8 won our product of the year in 2012 because it really set the standard in how computing should go. Of course, it seems archaic now, but it really changed PCs forever.
Product of the Year 2011 - Apple iPad 2
We loved the iPad 2. Similar to the first iteration, it added extra power which was essential for the time.
Product of the Year 2010 - Amazon Kindle
Offering astonishing value for access to the best ebook ecosystem around, this Kindle was a game changer when it came to reading books on the go.
Product of the Year 2009 - Spotify
Some minor foibles didn't detract from what was and still is a great music service,
Product of the Year 2008 - MSI Wind
With a great screen and fantastic keyboard for its time, this mini-notebook didn't compromise on usability or features.
Product of the Year 2007 - Nintendo Wii
Although the graphics weren't up to comparisons with the Xbox 360 and PS3 , the gameplay and interactivity has us all jumping around the living room with joy.
Product of the Year 2006 - BlackBerry Pearl
Where this phone succeeded was with those looking for more messaging, but not prepared to go for the full Qwerty keyboard option already offered by RIM. It also makes us sad that BlackBerry is no more.
Product of the Year 2005 - Apple iPod nano
This was truly revolutionary at the time - an iPod that was much easier to pop in a pocket.