2. Commuter Gadget of the Year: Amazon Kindle

Public transport is hell. To help you pull through, you need a gadget that transports you to your happy place: the Kindle. Amazon, like Apple, knows that giving you access to what you already own is not enough. So, while the Kindle makes a brilliant job of rendering books on its ultra-crisp, six-inch, e-ink screen, it also lets you buy any new tome you can think of, immediately, thanks to integrated Wi-Fi and/or 3G and its superb virtual book store, replete with smart recommendations and only-occasionally insane user reviews. No wonder Amazon now sells more ebooks than paperbacks…

The runners-up

Apple iPad 2 I Nintendo 3DS I Apple iPhone 4 I Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 I Ebco Eagle LSR-50

What the judges said…

“The Kindle provides a beautiful reading experience that feels like the product it was designed to replace. The paperback is toast”

Nik Taylor, Tech and Gadgets Editor, MSN.co.uk