Struggling with what to get your beloved geek for the holidays? There are gazillion gift guides scattered across the web (including our own
!), but know this: what he/she really wants is a tablet! That isn't true of everyone, mind you, but a new poll reveals that a third of U.S. consumers are hoping to score a slate this holiday season.
That's according to a new Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters
, which found that lower priced tablets are likely to rein supreme. In fact, some 22 percent of those who said they plan on buying a tablet this holiday season also indicated that they're planning to cut back spending on other holiday purchases in order to afford a slate.
Apple's full-size iPad remains the top choice among potential tablet buyers, a new poll reveals.
If you're thinking that doesn't bode well for the iPad mini
, you're right. Even though tablet shoppers are finding ways to save money for these high-tech toys, only 8 percent of survey respondents said the iPad mini is their first choice. Incidentally, that happens to be the exact same percentage who said they plan to buy a Surface
tablet from Microsoft
(of which we recently reviewed
"There has been a lot of controversy about the fact that the iPad mini is $329, that the price might not be right," said Jharonne Martis, director of consumer research for Thomson Reuters
Apple needn't sulk at the news, however, as a quarter of respondents planning to pick up a tablet indicated that the full-size (and more expensive) iPad is their first choice, followed by the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 both attracting 15 percent of the votes.