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The iPad is the most-wanted gift among U.S. kids ages 6 through 12, a new survey has found, while the iPod touch ranks second and the iPhone comes in third.

Apple's iOS devices dominated the top three spots in the survey of young by Nielsen, which prompted the market research firm to declare the 2011 holiday season "iHoliday." A total of 44 percent of kids ages 6 through 12 said they have interest in getting an iPad in the next six months, while 30 percent want an iPod touch, and 27 percent seek an iPhone.

Apple's popularity among children is likely driven by gaming, as the most popular applications on iOS have consistently been games since the App Store first debuted. The iOS lineup beat out a number of popular gaming machines in the survey, including the Nintendo 3DS, Kinect for Xbox 360, and the Sony PlayStation 3.

Even among teens, the iPad still reigned supreme ahead of the 2011 holiday season. Among children ages 13 and up, 24 percent of those polled said they are interested in buying an iPad in the next six months, beating out a tie at No. 2 between a computer and an e-reader.

Apple's iPhone also made the list with teens in seventh place, taking 15 percent of the vote, and edging out non-iPhone smartphones at 14 percent. The iPod touch game in twelfth with 8 percent, tied with Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Nielsen's survey was conducted in October among a general population sample of 3,000 U.S. children.



For years now, Apple has been promoting its iOS devices as game playing devices. In particular, the iPod touch became marketed largely as a game console beginning in 2009, when Apple declared it the "funnest iPod ever." Since then, advertisements for the device have focused greatly on the wide selection of game titles available on the App Store, and Apple has also offered social networking support with the release of Game Center last year as part of iOS 4.
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I'm just waiting for the Kindle Fire returns when the little kiddies find out that they can't download the iOS app that the Jones kid has.
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Due to the many educational games available for iPad, this an amazing device to help kids learn. My 5 and 4 year old will have their own iPad to share this Christmas morning.
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Due to the many educational games available for iPad, this an amazing device to help kids learn. My 5 and 4 year old will have their own iPad to share this Christmas morning.

Before they have the hardware, you can gift them some apps
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I'm just waiting for the Kindle Fire returns when the little kiddies find out that they can't download the iOS app that the Jones kid has.

Their parents should be slapped for not doing the research. The Fire has a place and it fills it well, but that place is not up there with iPad.
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Kids want an iPad but parents will buy them a Kindle Fire after explaining to them why the Fire is a much better buy. Unfortunately for Apple, kids on their own have little spending power. It wouldn't seem right if their parents bought them a Kindle Fire and the kids demanded they exchange it for an iPad. If the economy was better, Apple would be making a holiday killing. Now, it's not all that certain.
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The real question will come in January, what did the kids actually get? My kids would all love their own iPad, guess what they are not getting it, $499 is steep for a device that is easily dropped and broken by a child.
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Originally Posted by Constable Odo View Post

Kids want an iPad but parents will buy them a Kindle Fire after explaining to them why the Fire is a much better buy. Unfortunately for Apple, kids on their own have little spending power. It wouldn't seem right if their parents bought them a Kindle Fire and the kids demanded they exchange it for an iPad. If the economy was better, Apple would be making a holiday killing. Now, it's not all that certain.

We have a "community" iPad at my house, the kids share. My daughter told me she wants a kindle for Christmas because she primarily only reads on the iPad and hates sharing, I showed her the Fire and explained its simplicity and she likes it. As I stated before, yes an iPad all around is every kids dream, I want a 2012 Dodge Challenger for Christmas, doesn't mean I am getting it or buying it. The iPad is not cheap, especially in this economy.
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For all you people who are out Christmas shopping or watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...

Here's something to be on the lookout for:

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The real question will come in January, what did the kids actually get? My kids would all love their own iPad, guess what they are not getting it, $499 is steep for a device that is easily dropped and broken by a child.

Any parent who allows a child to treat an iPad like it's one of their stuffed toys deserves to be slapped.
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The real question will come in January, what did the kids actually get? My kids would all love their own iPad, guess what they are not getting it, $499 is steep for a device that is easily dropped and broken by a child.

until of course you get the letter from school that says that starting Jan 1, all students must have their own personal iPad for class as the school is nixing traditional textbooks etc

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Due to the many educational games available for iPad, this an amazing device to help kids learn. My 5 and 4 year old will have their own iPad to share this Christmas morning.

Have a look at this
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I don't think my wife and I will even come close to spending $499 on each other.. much less on our little kiddo (2 yrs).
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Originally Posted by Constable Odo View Post

Kids want an iPad but parents will buy them a Kindle Fire after explaining to them why the Fire is a much better buy. Unfortunately for Apple, kids on their own have little spending power. It wouldn't seem right if their parents bought them a Kindle Fire and the kids demanded they exchange it for an iPad. If the economy was better, Apple would be making a holiday killing. Now, it's not all that certain.

The economy is actually not as bad as one is led to believe on the news... or so it would seem. US retail spending has been on the rise since 2009 and is well beyond the highs reached in 2008 before the spending dip occurred.
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Wow, feel sorry for those poor kids that want a non iPad Tablet. Xoom? Playbook? Maybe they mean Kindle fire, which would be ok...
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The whole world will be lining up to buy iPad 2 this Christmas. Who doesn't dream of unwrapping something that is truly and completely magical on Christmas day? I think that is unquestionable, Jesus would have given the gift of iPad to his disciples were he and they around today.
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I'm just waiting for the Kindle Fire returns when the little kiddies find out that they can't download the iOS app that the Jones kid has.

yep. Lots of parents will be duped by the Kindle Fire marketing BS and think they are getting a $200 iPad, only to find out they have a cheapo clone that does not work well, lacks apps, is a fork of Android so it does not run Android apps, is locked to Amazons services, has a web browser which sends everything you do back to Amazon for data mining, etc...

Not to mention it is only a couple inches bigger than a smart phone.
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Have a look at this

In the not so distant future people will ask... "What's a book?!"
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Do kids really get $500 gifts for Christmas? In this economy?

Of course, this is their wishlist. But man, I remember feeling guilty when my parents would drop $100 for a Super Nintendo on me and my brother. Maybe I'm just a cheapskate
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Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

Any parent who allows a child to treat an iPad like it's one of their stuffed toys deserves to be slapped.

This list is for 6-12 year olds, I do not know many, if any 6-12 year olds that have a concept of cost and value.
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Glad to see the next generation of Apple Fan Boys/Girls already lined up

Roll on iXmas!!
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yep. Lots of parents will be duped by the Kindle Fire marketing BS and think they are getting a $200 iPad, only to find out they have a cheapo clone that does not work well, lacks apps, is a fork of Android so it does not run Android apps, is locked to Amazons services, has a web browser which sends everything you do back to Amazon for data mining, etc...

Not to mention it is only a couple inches bigger than a smart phone.

What marketing BS are you referring? I think Amazon has been extremely honest and straight forth in the way they are marketing the Fire. Now the media, that is a different story. Every media/tech site wants to compare the Fire to the iPad and refuse to believe they are not in direct competition with each other.
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iPad is the new nintendo, walkman, click wheel iPod. What it took to entertain my parents was not good enough for me. Why, time changes. This artical is correct I have a 10 year old niece and an eight year old girl they are bugging me for an iPad. They remind me of myself when I was their age. I wonta, gotta have it, can't live with out.
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iPad is the new nintendo, walkman, click wheel iPod. What it took to entertain my parents was not good enough for me. Why, time changes. This artical is correct I have a 10 year old niece and an eight year old girl they are bugging me for an iPad. They remind me of myself when I was their age. I wonta, gotta have it, can't live with out.

True but Walk-man's and Nintendo didn't cost $499. If you poll my house the iPad would be right up there, wanna guess what they are not getting?
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I need to open a 6-18 y/o parent targeted store that sells iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches and helps them buy and install the necessary apps, all on credit! Ka-ching$$$! I wouldn't have any med school loans to pay off after Christmas. Granted, I probably would fail out of med school if I did this...\
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Originally Posted by Hellacool View Post

What marketing BS are you referring? I think Amazon has been extremely honest and straight forth in the way they are marketing the Fire. Now the media, that is a different story. Every media/tech site wants to compare the Fire to the iPad and refuse to believe they are not in direct competition with each other.

They have lies on their page. For starters:
"Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle - same as an iPad"

Too bad the screen is smaller, is a lower resolution, has lower ppi, and does not reproduce color as well.

I have noticed any time someone says anything about the Kindle Fire, you carpet bomb the thread saying how great the Kindle is. You would not happen to work for or be married to someone who works for Amazon or has a relation to Amazon, would you?
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Originally Posted by Hellacool View Post

The real question will come in January, what did the kids actually get? My kids would all love their own iPad, guess what they are not getting it, $499 is steep for a device that is easily dropped and broken by a child.

Check out this case designed to limit your concern
http://biggrips.com/
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Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

Any parent who allows a child to treat an iPad like it's one of their stuffed toys deserves to be slapped.

You don't have to slap em ......there's an app for that.
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I don't think my wife and I will even come close to spending $499 on each other.. much less on our little kiddo (2 yrs).

Oh you spend that much and much much more on kids. It just comes in smaller increments. Diapers are about a $.25 each x 5 a day x 365 = $456.25 plus tax and you practically have an iPad!
Potty train them one year early or get these chinese baby pants and you've got the money.
http://www.vagabondjourney.com/trave...per-free-baby/

Granted you may have the ire of some citizens unlucky enough to step in your kids training efforts with the pants option.
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They have lies on their page. For starters:
"Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle - same as an iPad"

Too bad the screen is smaller, is a lower resolution, has lower ppi, and does not reproduce color as well.

I have noticed any time someone says anything about the Kindle Fire, you carpet bomb the thread saying how great the Kindle is. You would not happen to work for or be married to someone who works for Amazon or has a relation to Amazon, would you?

Thats it? Nowhere does it say it has more ppi than iPad, nor does it state it is a higher resolution than iPad. Your opinion of color reproduction is just that, opinion as is theirs. Viewing angle has ZERO to do with screen size but nice try. Again if that is the BS marketing Amazon is trying to sneak past us I think we will be fine.

Edit: I am combing Amazons website and minus the quotes from review sites, Amazon doesn't even mention iPad. So please link to Amazons evil plot.

Edit: Found it. Far from an evil plot to take over the world.

From Amazon's website:

"Movies, magazines and children's books come alive on a 7" vibrant color touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors in high resolution. Kindle Fire uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology - similar technology to that used on the iPad - for an extra-wide viewing angle, perfect for sharing your screen with others."

Thats the evil plot and life filled paragraph you refer?
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Check out this case designed to limit your concern
http://biggrips.com/

Thats cool. I need that for our community iPad. They make me nervous when the younger ones have it.
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Originally Posted by skiball7 View Post

Due to the many educational games available for iPad, this an amazing device to help kids learn. My 5 and 4 year old will have their own iPad to share this Christmas morning.

Wow... a 5 and 4 year old sharing a relatively fragile electronic device?... what could go wrong with that? \
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Originally Posted by Constable Odo View Post

If the economy was better, Apple would be making a holiday killing...

You're kidding, right?
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Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post

Have a look at this

That's hilarious. I feel the same way.

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Do kids really get $500 gifts for Christmas? In this economy?

Of course, this is their wishlist. But man, I remember feeling guilty when my parents would drop $100 for a Super Nintendo on me and my brother. Maybe I'm just a cheapskate

See my post #15 above.

I'm actually surprised that people still believe that the economy is totally in the toilet. I seem to remember not that long ago when a company announced that they had sold 4 million iPhones in its first week of availability. That to me isn't a sign of a weak economy... or more precisely, a weak retail economy.
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It'd be nice if we could see the exact language the poll used. Was it only about electronics? If it was just a "what would you like for christmas" general question, and virtually EVERY response that got enough mentions to be included in the list of percentages is an electronic device, then.... that's crazy. No kid wants a bike? Some legos? A model rocket? A football? Geez, if we think this generation of kids is fat, wait until the next one, they'll be scooting around in those rascal electric scooter thingies by preschool. Maybe we'll just put 'em in matrix-like VR pods right out of the womb.
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Kids have good taste unlike those nerds that buy Androids
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post #39 of 94
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Thats the evil plot and life filled paragraph you refer?

Sensationalize much?

I quoted off the top of the Kindle page on their site. Go to amazon.com, click on the kindle fire picture, and it takes you there. Per the text, they are saying it has the same "vibrant touchscreen" as the iPad, which is clearly untrue. These marketing words are carefully chosen.

You did not answer the question...are you or your spouse (if you have one) employed by Amazon or is your employer contracted by Amazon or one of its subsidiaries?
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Originally Posted by bullhead View Post

Sensationalize much?

I quoted off the top of the Kindle page on their site. Go to amazon.com, click on the kindle fire picture, and it takes you there. Per the text, they are saying it has the same "vibrant touchscreen" as the iPad, which is clearly untrue. These marketing words are carefully chosen.

You did not answer the question...are you or your spouse (if you have one) employed by Amazon or is your employer contracted by Amazon or one of its subsidiaries?

Actually Amazon says "similar technology to that used on the iPad" Similar to, not like iPad. Changing the words does not make your argument accurate. No I have no affiliation to Amazon. I only try and stop the spreading of FUD.
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