Here they are - the contenders for the ten hottest mobile devices of 2010. Winners will be announced on October 21, but in the meantime, feast your eyes on the year's most desirable phones.
Phone of the Year
To win the prestigious Phone of the Year award, a handset must possess cracking internet, media and sat nav credentials; offer good value for money; look the bomb; not require a physics degree to get to grips with - and it's also got to ooze that X factor.
Apple iPhone 4 BlackBerry Torch HTC Desire HTC HD2Nokia N8Samsung Galaxy SSony Ericsson Xperia X10
Best Camera Phone Camera phones are now so capable they can give dedicated snappers a run for their money. Phones that make this shortlist will be capable in all kinds of scenarios including night-time, low-light, and action, and come with a decent flash, fast firing up speeds and a detailed zoom.
Motorola Milestone Xt720Nokia N8 Sony Ericsson VivazSamsung Wave
Best Bluetooth Headset Not only are Bluetooth headsets a useful piece of kit to free up your hands, if you're a driver and like to have a chat on your phone, it's also the law. To claim this award, the winning entry needs to offer comfort, excellent call quality, ease of use and a design that you won't be embarrassed to wear around your lughole.
Etymotic Etyblue 2Jabra ExtremeJawbone IconPlantronics Discovery 975
Most Stylish Phone Great design is as important in software as hardware, but it's not enough just to look good - those that make our shortlist will stand out for their innovative yet user friendly design.
Apple iPhone 4HTC HD Mini HTC LegendMotorola Flipout Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini
Best Mobile Sat Nav On-board GPS is now standard for any smartphone worth its salt. To make this shortlist a phone needs to be able to achieve a fast, accurate sat nav fix, house an excellent mapping solution that can be displayed clearly on a large vibrant screen useful to both pedestrians and drivers.
Apple iPhone 4Dell Streak Garmin Asus NuvifoneHTC DesireNokia N8
Best Media Phone This year, the all-in-one gadget hit its stride, with camera, video and music all mainstays on any smartphone worth its silicon chip. We're judging the ultimate media phones on their ability to deliver sharp images, crisp video and full, rich audio.
Apple iPhone 4Dell Streak HTC Desire Samsung Galaxy SSony Ericsson Xperia X10
Best handset for social networkingIf you're online on your mobile, chances are you're checking out Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or Myspace. The winner of this award is the handset that makes mobile social networking a breeze, from posting updates to syncing your phonebook with your friends lists.
BlackBerry Torch 9800HTC WildfireINQ Chat 3G Motorola FlipoutSamsung Wave
Best App <NEW CATEGORY>
We're launching this new category in recognition of the importance of apps. We'll be looking at the top apps that are available cross-platform, make use of a smartphone's capabilities, and are useful to consumers. Comics (Comixology)Dragon Dictation (Nuance Communications)HulloMail (HulloMail Limited)Logmein Ignition (LogMeIn, Inc)Sketchbook Pro (Autodesk)
Best Value Phone <NEW CATEGORY>Contenders in this category are smartphones that clock in at a lower price than equivalent handsets, but which offer similar features in an equally friendly, intuitive user interface.
Blackberry Pearl 3GHTC WildfireINQ Chat 3G LG InTouch Max GW620Samsung Genio Slide
Readers' Dream Phone
If money was no object, would you buy the Apple iPhone 4? Perhaps the cultish Android powered HTC Desire? Samsung's super AMOLED display Galaxy S? As the name of this award suggests, it's entirely up to our esteemed band of readers.
Apple iPhone 4BlackBerry Bold 9700HTC DesireSamsung Galaxy SSony Ericsson Xperia X10