Judging & Voting

How the voting / judging works

The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are not only the longest-running, but also one of the UK’s most respected gadget awards.

Here at Pocket-lint we like to do things differently. Whilst other awards judge products on either all public votes, all experts opinions, or just members of the editorial teams, at Pocket-lint, everyones opinion matters.

The 2018 awards, as in previous years, were judged by leading industry experts, the public and the Pocket-lint team.

There are 18 categories, plus The EE Superfast Tech Award and Product of the Year. Each category at shortlist stage will have six nominations, chosen by the team at Pocket-lint from the longlist.

The longlist was published on 18 September. The public then voted to whittle down the long list. On 3 October, we announced the shortlist and the public will be asked to vote to help decide the final winners.


Your Help

Voting is simple and easy and allows you to vote for the products you want to win, you do not need to vote in each category.

Once your scores are in, we tally up those results and the product with the highest score is voted through. 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.

Your vote counted towards 10 per cent of the overall score for each gadget nominated.


Journalists from Around the World

Rather than just relying on what we think we also ask our peers from the industry around the globe. Every year we get hundreds of votes from experts who know what they are talking about. While many want to get involved, many of their bosses don’t let them as Pocket-lint is a competitor publication and therefore this list of judges is what we call Black ops. Votes from journalists around the world counted towards 30 per cent of the overall score for each gadget nominated.


Elite Panel

The elite judges’ vote counted towards 60 per cent of the overall score for each gadget nominated.

The 2018 winners were announced at an awards dinner on 13 November at Church House Westminster, London.

Longlist Announced
Shortlist Announced
Public Vote Ends
2018 Awards Ceremony