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A tablet instead of a laptop is what four out of five people want for the holidays, suggests survey

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A tablet instead of a laptop is what four out of five people want for the holidays, suggests survey
For a third year in a row, the folks over at PriceGrabber have conducted their winter holiday shopping survey, and the results are out for us to take a look at. Much like the survey from earlier, items that people wish to receive is what is being analyzed, so you might want to read along and correct your shopping lists accordingly.

That tablets would be a popular holiday present may not be that much of a surprise, but what the survey found interesting is that a whopping 79% of all respondents would much rather get a tablet instead of a laptop as a gift. When asked to clarify the reasons behind their choice, 85% of the people favored tablets due to their portability while 73% liked them because of their light weight. Convenience comes next in the list, followed by the fact that tablets use touchscreens.

As expected, the iPad 2 tops the charts as the most sought-after tablet this holiday season. Out of all the people who fancied getting a tablet for the holidays, 83% of them preferred Apple's slate, while the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung GALAXY Tab got 5% and 4% respectively. Other tablets such as the Motorola XOOM or the BlackBerry PlayBook scored below 2%.

So, if you were thinking of getting a laptop for your loved one, a shiny new iPad 2 might turn out to be a better choice. Is there a particular gadget that you are hoping to get this year? Feel free to let us know by dropping a comment below.

source: PriceGrabber via Los Angeles Times

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posted on 16 Nov 2011, 06:11 4

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


So, if you were thinking of getting a laptop for your loved one, a shiny new iPad 2 might turn out to be a better choice.

what? there are a lot more other options! not because everybody else wants one, you should go get one.

I suggest everyone to keep their moneys and wait for quadcores. dual cores will go cheaper.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 06:13

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Tabs are taking over! Next year will be awesome for tabs, with quad core for the power hungry and Dual core for the budget friends

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 06:13

3. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


"People" want iPads. Nerds want options.

... for now. This is how being an early adopter works.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 06:37 3

4. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow, thats a huge shift from even last year.

ipad is a generic term, just like iphone. many people just equate it with smartphone. Thats why peoples "demand" for the ipad/iphone is always higher than sales. Once they get into the store and see exactly whats out there, a lot of them change their mind and go with other devices. Of course, obviously as far as tablets are concerned.. most of them still get an ipad.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 11:08 4

14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


No need for excuses. iPad is in high demand and other tablets are not.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 11:13 2

18. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


see how i know you dont actually read anything. read the WHOLE paragraph next time.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 11:15 2

19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I did you made a bunch of excuses and then tried to add "most people get iPad"

Leave the excuses out.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 12:58 2

30. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im sorry troll.. but.. what excuses are you talking about? so, an honest truth is an excuse? lol. you really need to go back on "vacation".

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 13:08

33. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Oh so now he's a troll because he pointed out your subtle attempt to demean the ipad. And then you want him to take a vacation so you can monopolize the threads. Lol. You're truly one of a kind :)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 13:24 2

37. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ahh, its a troll party. so where did i demean your precious ipad at? you guys are funny. do you go home and cry every night if someone says something negative at all about precious apple??

And thanks, I try. :)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 14:55 2

41. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Dear diary,

Today remixfa made me feel bad about Apple. He said some really mean things, and then I argued with him but everyone just called me a troll and gave me thumbs down. I don't understand? Steve always told me Apple was the best, why don't people believe me?

Sincerely,
taco

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 15:26 2

42. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


remixfa is probably mentioned a lot on FML. xD

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 17:32

44. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


"Today i came out swinging with my eyes closed against this evil anti apple sadist person named Remixfa... only to realize that he was agreeing with me. Now everyone is laughing at me and calling me names. The more my bestest buddie Gemini tried to help, the worse we looked..... FML

sincerely,
Taco50 "

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 17:30 1

43. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lolol. you guys crack me up :)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 06:43 2

5. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


it\'s obvious why more people prefers the iPad than any other tabs out there. As of now, Tablets are more for gaming than productivity. iPad has all the edges neccessary. It has the largest Appstore and an enormous list of games plus the ease of use and simplicity makes it stand out. I love Android but I dont like it as a tablet.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 06:50 1

6. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I think it would be battery life that makes the decision, you can get some great Ultraportables but battery life really simply can\\\\\\\'t rival the iPad\\\\\\\'s. you gotta admit that Honeycomb is bulky and slow compared to the iPad\\\\\\\'s iOS 5.

What I really want for Xmas is an Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime!!!

That of I\'ll wait for it to get released, get a Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 or 7.7 cheap and install a ICS rom to it.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 09:47 2

10. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the transformer 2 would be an exellent stocking stuffer.. just sayin :)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 09:55

12. refrigerate_me (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


real shocker...

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 12:55

29. robinrisk (unregistered)


i was not surprised by any tablets until that amazing piece of machinery surfaced in some leaked photos.

Asus transformer prime and some sweet Tegra 3 Goodness will make for a lovely christmas.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 08:11 2

7. putes (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Errr, the survey forgot to ask the most likely possibility. That they already own a laptop and they don\'t need another one right now.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 09:45 3

9. Jyakotu (Posts: 844; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I still don't understand tablets really. Yeah they're fun to play with, but after awhile, the novelty wears off. I'd rather use a laptop for school and work anyway.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 13:12

34. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@jyakotu. Everyone who owns a tablet will tell you that they now seldom turn their desktop computers or laptops on. Majority of the tasks that people do on their laptops can be done on a tablet. So why would I open my laptop if I can conveniently do it on my tablet? It's all about convenience and efficiency. At a price of course.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 14:42

40. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


@530gemini - I understand what you are saying. I think Jyakotu means for REAL productivity, he prefers a laptop or full function PC. Which makes sense. I used an iPad for the last semester of college and I didn't like it as much as a full function laptop.

It is handy for e-mail and notes in class because of the wake up time and portability though. Typing a paper and doing research is better with a full keyboard and mouse.

Entertainment and d**king around? Tablets win.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 18:27

46. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well he did say that he doesn't really understand the relevance of tablets. That's why I explained it to him. There is a place for tablets where it's the preferred device over a desktop pc or laptop. And you have said it yourself, in gaming, watching videos, or even quick emails, blogging, social sites, etc. So yes, there are times that users would prefer to use a tablet over a pc, so there is definitely a place for tablets. A big one.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 09:55

11. refrigerate_me (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


yeah ... after 3-6 months use .. youd be limited in many ways of productivity and usage... but its handy and not bulky, good thing bout that .....

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 10:54 2

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Wow I didn't expect tablets to replace pc's this quickly. I remember when Steve Jobs first created the tablet there were a lot of skeptics. People were saying it wouldn't replace laptops. It looks like for a lot of people it will though and it makes sense. A lot of people really only use their laptops to browse the web and play games. Tablet can do that.

Kudos to Steve Jobs on being a visionary and creating a new consumer category.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 11:10 4

16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Steve didn't create the Tablet. he just improved upon it.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 11:11 4

17. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


with taco steve invented everything including air.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 18:33

50. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@remix. And with you, Steve has not done anything :)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 20:10

52. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


just what do you want from us? xD

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