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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: 5328; 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: 13902; 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: 13902; 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, 11:38 2

22. Heatfan316 (Posts: 266; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Stupid Parents are your excuse and A.D.D., he can't get through a whole paragraph his comprehension skills are poor, if he reads too much it might do devastating harm to his brain:)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 12:58 2

30. remixfa (Posts: 13902; 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: 13902; 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: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


remixfa is probably mentioned a lot on FML. xD

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 17:32

44. remixfa (Posts: 13902; 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: 13902; 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: 13902; 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: 37; 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: 813; 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: 5483; 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: 13902; 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: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


just what do you want from us? xD

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 12:17 3

25. audiblenarcotic (Posts: 108; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Improving it was surely something that happened. I think what Steve did more importantly was properly marketed it. The same thing can be said about the iPhone itself. As of late the last few models really haven't done a lot of improving in general, it's mostly just slight changes. What Apple and Steve Jobs do/did very well is market there products to such a degree that they get the public to believe that they have unarguably the best products that are available even if that is no exactly the truth.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 12:21 1

27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


that\'s true.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 17:34

45. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i can agree with that. lol

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 18:32

48. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@remix. You agreed with what he said because he pretty much discredited Apple as a tech company, but more of a marketing firm, lol.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 23:03

53. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if thats how you took it.

Apple doesnt invent a lot of tech. they refine a lot of tech, and they are mad geniuses at marketing those little refinements as huge steps and making people salivate for their products.. but they are not new segment innovators.
the iphone took the best of everything available at the time, and repackaged n re purposed it and it ended up reshaping the segment.. but it didnt do anything "new".. it just did it better. Heck it was missing a lot of common functionality like MMS and 3G.
same with the ipad which is just really a blown up ipod. Even the ipod wasnt the first of its kind, they just made it better.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 13:16

36. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@king. And where would tablets now be without Apple? Who knows. Apple reinvented tablets with their ipad. The others just followed suit. It's not really as to who invented it. It is as to who put it out their and make it desirable. Because what's the use of a tablet that was invented in the year 1900 if no one wanted it?

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 14:25 3

38. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


um...isn't that what i said? calm yourself ready Apple Defender. xD

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 18:30

47. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


It's not what you said, it's what you IMPLIED on what you said, trying to discredit Apple :) Don't play innocent, coz you're not :)

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 08:21

54. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


well, looking at his post.. his loooong winded post

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

I would say that's exactly what he said. You sure do find a lot of "imply" in that one little statement.. lol Me thinks you need to take off the "attack everyone" hat and read the comments better.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 13:28

55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


oh is that what he's talking about? i keep my posts in chrono now. boy iFans are more sensitive than a raw nerve about Steve's accomplishments. they're nothing to scoff at but he didn't create the technological world as we know it in 7 days. he said it himself, he saw a world full of crap and wanted to make everything better or something like that. it's all in his biography which i'm sure you guys are on your third time reading.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 11:09 1

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


mmmm nope! think i'll still take one of those new ENVYs that were announced yesterday. ;)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 11:22 1

20. bbblader (Posts: 535; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


ics on tablets will be sooo much better than the ios 5 ones just saying

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 11:24 2

21. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


No one laugh, but I was thinking of just getting the Nook Tablet. Just as an on the go internet tablet. I havent been a hard core gamer for years and am out of college so the computer is mostly for internet surfing now. The Nook Tablet is cheap enough and powerful enough for what I need to do with it.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 11:52 1

23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


sounds good to me man. my mom has a Nook Color and it\'s a fine Android Tablet. (:

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 12:02 1

24. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I still wont get a tablet over a laptop unless that tablet can do the following:

I need to have a functional keyboard to send emails, online job applications, register things, etc

I need to have full office for school, photo editing, music producing, and programming software.

Need to be able to run REAL games such as stracraft 2, Diablo 3, SWTOR, etc.

The only tablet that gets close to replacing a laptop is the new Transformer but even then I'm not sure it will meet my expectations.

So untill maybe the windows 8 talbets come along - tablets are still just play things IMHO. I'll stick to my Vaio S series :P

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 12:20 1

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


You can already get a keyboard and a full office suit. Gaming they still don't have the power of a laptop.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 13:02 1

31. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


U should hold out until the windows 8 tablets come out, since they will be running massive specs and will have at least partial desktop program compatability.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 13:16 2

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i thought about that pretty hard. it would be ideal to get one with Windows 8 preloaded but i need a high performance laptop now so i can play all these games that's about to come out that i'm interested in. i'm actually running the Windows 8 Beta on my desktop right now and i'm not really that impressed with it so Windows 8 isn't really that big of a deal to me. have you seen the new ENVY series yet? them are smexy. ;D

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 14:35 1

39. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Ha, the envy 14 is stronger than my PC...

thanks.. now i feel emasculated. im going to go sit in a corner and cry.. lol

nah, thats pretty nice though. :)

i've got it in my mind that sometime soon im going to build a new PC.. its probably going to stay in my mind though.. lol

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 18:32

49. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Envy laptops right? I checked them out. Not to impressed to tell the truth. I love my Vaio Sa. Its perfect for me. Its light, just the right size(13.3), has a dedicated graphics card, extendable bat for when I travel, usb 3.0, hdmi out, list goes on...The only thing I really want is to upgrade to a 256gb SSD :)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 20:05

51. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, there's a set of new ones that were just announced yesterday. i didn't care for the current gen of ENVY.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 12:30 4

28. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Love the Tablet market. Being the proud cheapskate I am, I hope this means the Laptops I want will drop in price even more than they have. :-D

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 13:03 1

32. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, that transformer 1 should be gettin real cheap real soon :)

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