Amazon halt Apple’s tablet charge as Kindle takes commuter award

T3 Gadget Awards 2011: Amazon Kindle handed Commuter Gadget of the Year Award

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Online retailer Amazon has shown its first foray into hardware is more than bit player in the e-reader market being recognised as the Commuter Gadget of the Year at the T3 Gadget Awards 2011

Prior to the Amazon Kindle Fire release date Amazon has thrown the gauntlet to Apple with the Kindle toppling the iPad 2 to become the 2011 T3 Commuter Gadget of the Year.

Overcoming a host of high-end portable devices the Amazon Kindle has shown that its QWERTY keyboard touting Kindle e-reader is the cream of the on-the-go tech crop taking the T3 Gadget Award ahead of the Nintendo 3DS and Apple iPhone 4.

Amazon Kindle Specs

Weighing in less than an average paperback the Amazon Kindle’s e-ink display allows users to enjoy their reads in all lighting conditions from bright direct sunlight to shaded areas via under artificial florescent lighting all without pesky glare or reflecting.

Again down to the device’s power friendly display, a single charge of the Amazon branded e-reader will see Kindle touting travellers enjoy their collection of up to 3,500 digital books on the move for as much as a month at a time.

Amazon Kindle Features

Whilst the Kindle’s browser might be relatively rudimentary it is able enough to allow users to Tweet or Facebook their favourite passages from their digital tomes whilst on the move using the device’s integrated Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity options.

“The Kindle provides a beautiful reading experience that feels like the product it was designed to replace,” said Nik Taylor, Tech and Gadgets Editor on MSN and T3 Gadget Awards judge. “The paperback is toast.”

Does the Amazon Kindle tick all your boxes for a must have commuter device or are one of the other finalists already atop your gadget wish lists? Let us know via the comments box below, and be sure to have a browse of all the rest of tonight's winners in our T3 Gadget Awards winners feature.