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Retailers predict tablets and e-readers will be must-have gadgets for consumers

Mobile devices top Christmas wish-lists

The latest gadget always makes its way to retailers’ top ten Christmas lists – and this year tablets and e-readers are fighting it out for the top position.

The launch of Windows 8 in October brought with it a host of new tablets and laptops. This, coupled with the first 7-inch tablet from Apple, and Samsung’s much sought-after Android tablets, makes for an overwhelming number of devices for consumers to choose between.

“Tablet sales go from strength to strength and we predict that they will be a must-have gadget for Christmas,” commented Johnathan Marsh, head of buying for electricals and home technology, John Lewis. “There is a plethora of models now available that offer different operating systems, price points and screen sizes, including the new 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and 7.9-inch iPad mini that are highly portable.”

E-readers should do well too. Currys and PC World include Amazon’s Kindle e-reader, along with the new Kindle Fire, in its list of top ten tech gifts.

Argos, on the other hand, has dubbed Kindle rival the Nook Glow the number one gift for Christmas, while John Lewis believes the Nook Simple Touch will be the e-reader of choice for its customers.

But it’s not all just gadgets for grown- ups. Mobile devices have also made their way onto children’s wish lists.
The LeapPad2 and VTech’s Innotab both feature in Hamleys, Argos and The Entertainer’s top ten kids’ toys for Christmas.

Logically, tablet accessories should make good add-on sales this season.

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