TVs and tablets top holiday shopping lists

Monday, November 30th, 2015. Filed under: Christmas Holidays Home & Garden Science & Technology Thanksgiving
The iPad Air 2 iPads are proving to be popular gifts this holiday season. ©Courtesy of Apple Inc 2014

The iPad Air 2
iPads are proving to be popular gifts this holiday season.
©Courtesy of Apple Inc 2014

(Relaxnews) – As the festive season spending frenzy moves into its highest gear, the first clear picture is emerging of what to expect under the Christmas tree this year.

According to Adobe’s latest data, published Monday, despite pronouncements that the tablet has had its day, so far slates, particularly those of the iPad variety are selling — fast.

The latest-generation iPad Air 2 is the second most popular electronic device bought online by US shoppers since Black Friday. What’s more, its smaller sibling, the iPad Mini is in fourth place.

Though not in the top five, Adobe notes that the run on Amazon’s Fire 7″ 8GB tablet is great enough that it’s one of the most likely devices to be out of stock well before the holiday season spending is over.

However, the gadget that’s currently top of the pile is also one of the most expensive — a Samsung 4K UHD TV.

And not only does it come at a premium — prices can range from $4000 to an incredible $120,000 — finding native content is also extremely difficult. With the exception of some media players, set-top boxes and streaming services from Netflix and Amazon, ultra-high-definition content is a very scarce commodity indeed.

The other two devices to make the top five are both games consoles — the Microsoft Xbox One (third place) and the Sony PS4 (fifth place).

As for whether these devices will continue to hold their own as we move through Cyber Monday and beyond, IBM has been putting its Watson supercomputer to good use to forecast what will be hot and what won’t.

Like Adobe, INM has found a huge swell of interest in the latest generation TVs, but consumer interest extends to the latest Sony and LG sets as well as those made by Samsung.

Discussion and debate is also intensifying around the Apple Watch and Beats by Dr Dre headphones, but whether the buzz will become anything more than noise remains to be seen.

IBM’s analytics point to Nike shoes, Star Wars Droids and Hoverboards being popular items on Cyber Monday in North America.

Adobe’s data, which is based on anonymous information gleaned from 4500 online retail portals, shows that beyond consumer technology, Lego Star Wars is also going to be huge this holiday season.


Share Button

Related posts

The Apple Watch – worth the wait?Samsung: affordable OLED TVs still four years awayNew iPad Mini to debut this year: reportApple tops Best Global Brands report‘Cyber Monday’ sales rise after weekend disappointmentApple Watch tipped for Valentine’s Day debutCan the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 really offer the best of both worlds?Demand for bigger smartphone screens is growingHoliday buying guide: tabletsNokia launches first phabletNext iPad set for September launch: reportSamsung Galaxy Note 8 gets US launch dateBlack Friday online shopping rivals stores: US surveySamsung expected to unveil latest iteration of flagship phablet next monthApple profit jumps but shares slipAmazon TV stick goes abroad, gets new featuresNext year’s iPhones will have Beats Music baked in: reportConsumers not impressed by the Apple WatchNetflix: the revolution that changed the US TV landscapeApple’s new products and services