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

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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54 Comments

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

3. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

"People" want iPads. Nerds want options. ... for now. This is how being an early adopter works.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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".

33. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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 :)

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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. :)

41. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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

42. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

remixfa is probably mentioned a lot on FML. xD

44. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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 "

43. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lolol. you guys crack me up :)

5. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

6. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

12. refrigerate_me

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

real shocker...

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.

7. putes

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

9. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

34. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

40. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 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.

46. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

11. refrigerate_me

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 09, 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 .....

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

with taco steve invented everything including air.

50. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

52. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

just what do you want from us? xD

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