(Pocket-lint) – The EE Pocket-lint Awards are almost upon us, where we celebrate the best devices, services and products from the last 12 months. There are a total of 20 main categories, each offering six nominations.
Our Best Streaming Devices category focuses on top entertainment streaming boxes and dongles for accessing video and audio content. So, here’s something to consider if you’re interested in treating your TV to something smart.
The shortlisted nominees for Best Streaming Device 2022 are:
You can click on each product above to read our full reviews on each nominee, which will give you an indication of why they were nominated. You can also read a short verdict on each device below, to find out why we loved them during our testing process.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max offers one of the best ways to stream content: it’s easy to use, there’s access to many streaming services, and integration with Alexa Skills means it outperforms many of its peers.
Apple TV 4K (2022)
If you are an Apple user and a subscriber of Apple services then the latest Apple TV 4K box could be the one for you. it offers great performance with a lot to offer. It’s expensive, but the tech specs are up there with the best and the user experience is like swish.
Google Chromecast and Google TV
Chromecast and Google TV take Google’s streaming platform and take it to a refreshing and promising dimension. Previously it was difficult to recommend getting a Chromecast for TV viewing except in exceptional circumstances. But with Chromecast for Google TV, there is now a more complete offer, with ease of use and performance to compete with better rival devices.
Roku Express 4K
The Roku Express 4K is an affordable streamer that will give you 4K HDR at a price that’s hard to beat. With additional features such as AirPlay and Google Cast, plus a wide selection of services, those who want the complete package on a budget have a good choice here.
Roku Streaming Stick 4K
This convenient little streamer brings additional support for your TV, delivering stunning 4K and Dolby Vision visuals. Roku offers an easy-to-use platform, and supports a full set of streaming services, along with other features such as AirPlay and Spotify Connect to enhance connectivity. This is a great option if you want better performance from your Roku.
Sky Stream has been on the wishlist for years – long before it was conceived – but the idea of a full 4K HDR Sky TV experience on broadband without the need for a satellite dish is getting better in the flesh. Yes, Sky Glass came first, but now you don’t have to replace your existing TV and AV setup to get the same thing. And, with the option of a 31-day rolling contract, we have to say that Sky is making it easier – and more fun – to sign up than ever.
How the Pocket-lint Awards are judged works
Winners for the Best Streaming Device category are decided by the Pocket-lint team, along with a panel of expert judges from publications across the industry. After a rigorous scoring process, the winner of the Best Streaming Device for 2022 will be announced at a private event on November 30, 2022, along with winners from 19 other categories.
The Product of the Year winner will also be announced, chosen from winners from 20 categories and the winner of the EE Superfast Award will also be revealed at the event. At night, we will announce the resultsPocket-lint Twitter handleas it unfolds and there will also be a feature detailing the winners after the ceremony is over.
Written by Rik Henderson and Britta O’Boyle.