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(Pocket-lint) - The Shortlist for the EE Pocket-lint Awards has been announced, with nominees across 20 main categories, from phones and cameras to cars and games.

The Best Tablet and 2-in-1 category for 2022 focuses on the top tablet and 2-in-1 devices that we have reviewed in full over the last year. We haven't seen as many tablets launch as previous years but there are some great devices in the ones that have.

The shortlisted Best Tablet and 2-in-1 2022 nominees are:

You can click on each of the products above to read our full reviews on each nomination, which will give you an idea as to why they have been nominated. 

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We've also detailed our short verdict for each nominee below so you can get a quick run down on why we loved each one. 

Amazon Fire 7 (2022) 

The Amazon Fire 7 remains one the cheapest tablets on the market, giving access to entertainment like movies, browsing and games for a low cost. It works best within the Amazon environment, elevating content from your Prime services onto your homepage.

This is a tablet that costs about a tenth of the cheapest iPad. Yes, the experience doesn't compare, but with the money you save you can get that takeaway and subscribe to Amazon Prime for the whole year with the change.

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2022)

The new Fire HD 8's biggest strength is the same thing that has consistently made the Amazon Fire tablet so appealing in the past: it's an affordable and easy way to get access to movies, TV shows and games. 

It's definitely best seen as a device to access Amazon's popular services. So if you want something you can carry around with you and still get your Prime Video fix, enjoy fun casual gaming, Kindle books and Alexa smarts, but don't want to pay a small fortune for the privilege, the Fire HD 8 is the tablet for you. 

Apple iPad Air (2022)

The iPad Air has gone from being a great slate to an even greater one, as the 2022 model is even faster in terms of performance and connectivity, delivering the goods where it needs to.

Not only does the iPad Air offer accessories compatibility - with the potential to add a 2nd Gen Pencil or Magic Keyboard - but the upgraded processor approach means it'll last you considerably longer than your last iPad when it comes to running those ever-increasing power-hungry apps.

Apple iPad (2022)

The Apple iPad (10th generation) is an excellent tablet. It doesn't have all the features and power of some of the other models within Apple's portfolio, but it offers an upgraded and improved design, a lovely big display and more than enough power for most tasks.

It's a perfect blend of features and value for money, and with its upgraded design, it's likely to become the new go-to iPad for most people.

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Lenovo Tab P12 Pro 

The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a slightly more affordable alternative to an iPad Pro 12.9 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+. It can do much the same stuff as the Samsung, but has a slightly less sharp screen and a lower-end processor. 

Its speakers are great, the stylus is powerful and comfy to use, and Lenovo has done enough with the software to make using it a bit like a laptop not an entirely terrible idea — at least for the basics. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Whether or not the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra works for you very much depends on how you envisage yourself using it. If you see yourself using a tablet to create - whether it be digital artwork, video editing or writing - the big screen and optional stylus make it a compelling canvas for those kinds of tasks. 

There aren't many Android or iOS tablets encroaching on 15-inch laptops, and so the Tab S8 Ultra has moved boldly into unknown territory here. In some ways, it was certainly worth it. For most people, though, it's might just a bit too much. 

How the Pocket-lint Awards judging works

The winner for the Best Tablet / 2-in-1 category is decided by the Pocket-lint team, along with a panel of expert judges from publications across the industry. Following the scoring process, the Best Tablet / 2-in-1 winner for 2022 will be announced at an in-person event on 30 November 2022 in Central London, along with the winners from the other 19 categories.

A Product of the Year winner will also be announced, chosen from the winners of the 20 categories and a winner of the EE Superfast Award, will also be revealed at the event. We will be announcing the results on the Pocket-lint Twitter handle as they unfold on the night so keep an eye out there.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.