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PCMag is known for its detailed reviews, and now the magazine is giving readers a chance to decide what’s the best among the latest in popular techno-gadgets: tablets and ebook readers.

Now that we’ve had a few years with these products, it’s time to gauge how you feel about them and the service and support you get from their makers when the devices fail. After all, what would be worse than a trip to the beach and finding your ebook reader is on the fritz? This is the first time PCMag’s Readers’ Choice Awards have taken a look at these booming and emerging categories.

Here are five of the readers’ favorites:

  1. Apple iPad 2 – Among the tablet products, this one ranks first among the readers’ favorites, which, as PCMag says, is “the current pinnacle of tablet products, recognized by editors and readers alike.”
  2. Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 – Ties with the Apple iPad 2 in terms of overall rating.  PCMag thinks that the TF101 “might have been helped along by being the most affordable Honeycomb-based tablet currently on the market.”
  3. Apple iPad – Despite its rank as 3rd in the readers’ choice and merely 5th in overall rating, it still is a product to contend with, having a “still respectable 8.4 overall and the second highest reliability score of 9.0.”
  4. Amazon Kindle – The Kindle “remains the favorite among ebook readers for its compact design, high-contrast e-ink screen, and capacity for holding 3,500 books.”
  5. Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Reader – This one ties with the Kindle in terms of overall rating: “No ereader is as compact and has a better touch screen with e-ink display than the Nook Touch Reader.”

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