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Consumers prefer tablets to laptops as holiday gifts

Consumers would rather Santa bring them a tablet than a laptop

TabTimes reported on a survey from PriceGrabber that indicates consumers — in large numbers — would prefer a tablet this holiday over a laptop.

According to the survey, 79% of consumers would  rather get a tablet and 83% of them want an iPad or an iPad 2.  The survey was taken before Amazon released its $199 Kindle Fire tablet what’s expected to do well this holiday season.

In an interview, TabTimes News Editor David Needle told CBS News “most of the reasons had to do with lightness and portability and thing like that but I think there’s a hidden message here which is that you look at a notebook computer – it’s kind of like giving someone a power drill or a vacuum cleaner. It’s practical, but it’s not the new thing.”

Listen to Larry Magid’s CBS News/CNET Tech Talk segment about the survey.


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