girl laptop Survey shows kids want laptops, not smartphones or tablets, for Christmas

More children want laptops for Christmas than smartphones or tablets, according to a survey by online reward website Ebates, showing there is still plenty of life left in older forms of computing.

More children want laptops for Christmas than smartphones or tablets, according to a survey by online reward website Ebates, showing there is still plenty of life left in older forms of computing.

 
The study was conducted by Harris Interactive for Ebates, surveying 1,121 kids and teens between 8-18 years in the US. The findings show that the mobile device market has not fully devoured the laptop market yet.
 
When presented with a list of products they would like for Christmas, 17 percent picked a laptop, followed by 15 percent for an iPhone 5, 11 percent for clothes, nine percent for a 10-inch tablet, six percent for an Android smartphone, five percent for an iPad Mini, and four percent for an e-reader.
 
girl laptop Survey shows kids want laptops, not smartphones or tablets, for Christmas
 
The most desired gift changes based on gender and age bracket, however. Boys between 8 and 9 typically wanted a tablet, while girls of the same age typically wanted an iPhone 5 or clothes. Both boys and girls between 10 and 12 wanted a laptop. Boys between 13 and 15 generally wanted an iPhone 5, while girls of the same age usually wanted clothes. Both genders from 16-18 preferred to have a laptop. 
 
“Ebates feels the holidays are a time to focus on children, so we wanted to hear directly from them what they would most like as a gift with our 2012 Holiday Wish List,” said Kevin H. Johnson, CEO of Ebates. “It’s interesting to see how the older kids want a laptop while the younger kids generally would prefer a smartphone or tablet.”
 
Many of the kids also reported being influenced by celebrities like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, One Direction and Selena Gomez for which gift they would like. Laptop makers might want to take note of that to keep Santa off of Apple and Google's payroll.
 
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