We announced the categories for the TechRadar 2018 awards a few weeks back, and the list was made up of editorial and people's choice awards. While we worked on picking our favourites, so did you, our readers, who poured in with your votes on your favourite smartphones, online retailer and favourite tech brand of 2018.
It's time to reveal which companies and products were the best from 2018 – here are the winners of TechRadar Middle East's 2018 Awards!
Best Phone: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
In a year where phones from other top-tier manufacturers were iterative upgrades at best, Huawei pulled no stops with the Mate 20 Pro. Featuring a gorgeous design, top-end specs and a fantastic camera, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro stood out from all other phones this year.
Best Mid Range Phone: Honor 8X
The Honor 8X looks like a phone that costs a lot more than it really does. At just AED/SAR 999, it offers a solid performance, a versatile camera and metal and glass build – a combination you don't find in phones that cost twice as much.
Best Camera Phone: Huawei P20 Pro
The triple-camera system with Leica lenses on the Huawei P20 Pro blew us away, with its photographic skills matching what you would normally expect from much larger cameras. It's especially impressive with night-time photography, and with a dash of AI thrown in, you'd have a hard time believing that a phone can be this good at taking photos.
Best Wearable: Apple Watch 4
Apple clearly believes smartwatches are here to stay, and the Watch 4 proves that. The design alone is a big upgrade, with the screen offering far more visibility. The health benefits are a welcome addition and show the direction Apple is heading in.
Best Tablet: iPad Pro (2018)
The iPad Pro 11-inch is excellent, and easily the best tablet Apple has ever made. It's designed as the name suggests, for the professional, and those in creative lines of work will love the power, precision and overall quality on offer.
Best Laptop: Huawei Matebook X Pro
Huawei has crafted a sleeper hit with its MateBook X Pro, a surprisingly sublime marriage of function and form to speak of for all audiences, both professional and prosumer.
Best Headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3
For the third year in a row, the 1000X are Sony’s flagship headphones. Subtle tweaks like a more comfortable pad along the bridge of the headphones, lighter design and a reasonable price make the Sony WH-1000XM3 the new king of noise-cancellation headphones.
Best TV: LG C8 OLED TV
The LG C8 OLED TV combines an impressive picture, extensive features, attractive design and an unrivaled smart platform to deliver one of the best TVs we have seen. New for this year is the design of the TV itself and its new Alpha 9 processor to deliver a TV that sets the OLED bar very high indeed.
Best Smart Home Device: Ring Doorbell 2
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a solid device. It's easy to setup, the app is a breeze to use, motion tracking works great, and the battery lasts long enough to not be a hassle.
Innovation in Tech: Oppo Find X
In a year where other phone manufacturers went the notch route, Oppo released the futuristic Oppo Find X with a motorized camera that slides out to reveal cameras on the front and back. This all-screen experience with a stunning design set the stage for other sliding phones that followed.
Best Phone: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
While we chose the Huawei Mate 20 Pro as our favorite, the voters awarded the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as their favorite. Samsung's flagship phone was definitely a close second for us as well, featuring a screen that's unmatched by any phone and the S-Pen that adds functionality not found elsewhere.
Best Mid Range Phone: Honor 8X
The only product that won both the Editor's Choice and the Popular Vote is the Honor 8X and we're not surprised. It's a fantastic device that offers incredible value for money.
Best Camera Phone: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
In a blind test, we put three phone camera against each other- the iPhone XS, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. We chose the night time to frame a shot as almost any phone can take good daytime shots.
Our viewers preferred the photo take from the Huawei Mate 20 over the other two phones and we're not surprised. Huawei has pushed the boundaries over what is possible with mobile photography.
Best Online Retailer: SOUQ.COM
If there was one vote that was lop-sided, it would be this one. Over 90% of our readers chose souq.com over other ecommerce players in the region. While the integration with Amazon is still underway, the massive catalog of products provided by Souq.com has clearly played out well for the ecommerce giant.
Best Tech Company: Samsung
Our final vote was for the tech company that our readers preferred and Samsung won this award which comes as no surprise. The Korean giant places amongst the top in a vast number of categories such as phones, TVs and household appliances.