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Tablets favored over laptops for holiday season

Survey reveals that tablets were favorites for this holiday season, with iPad being the top tablet of choice

In a consumer survey conducted by PriceGrabber on whether they would rather receive a tablet computer or a laptop as a holiday gift this year – an overwhelming 79% of the respondents said they would rather get a tablet than a laptop. This survey was to reveal consumers' expected shopping habits within the tech category this holiday season. Conducted from Oct. 18 to 26, 2011, the survey includes responses from 3,574 U.S. online shopping consumers – as reported by Market Watch.

The reasons for the wish to receive tablets as holiday gift were many, but weight and portability seems to be the two dominant responds. Other reasons cited were convenience, touch experience, smaller size, doubling as a reader, speed and battery life among others.

Among the tablets, iPad was the clear favorite. A whopping 83 percent respondants said they would prefer iPad or iPad 2 over others. 5 percent favored the Kindle Fire, 4 percent Galaxy Tab and 2 percent favored HP Touchpad. Other tablets are almost non-existent including the Transformer series.

The iPad also won as an eReader with 62 percent votes, followed by Kindle with 27%, Barnes and Nobles with 7% and Sony eReader with 2% votes.

The survey did not ask about gaming devices, but we are afraid iPad will rule there as well, given the reports of the Apple masterpiece becoming a hot favorite for casual gamers who are increasing being pulled away from their PlayStations and X Boxes.

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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-11-16 (Update: 2012-05-26)