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November 19, 2012

Which Consumer Electronics Will Top This Year's Wish Lists?

By Brittany Walters-Bearden, TMCnet Contributor

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday (News - Alert) quickly approaching, holiday wish lists are at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Naturally, consumer electronics will be in high demand once again this year.  Which consumer electronics will be the most popular?

Jim Barry, better known as “The Digital Answer Man”, an expert from the Consumer Electronics Association, has (what else) the answers. The top 10 categories for electronics this holiday season will be tablets, smartphones, notebooks, desktop PCs, e-readers, video games, Blu-ray players, MP3 players, and digital cameras.

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Of course, this leaves a lot of room for interpretation, but he predicts that the top tablets will be the newly unveiled Microsoft (News - Alert) Surface, the iPad 3, the iPad Mini, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and Google’s Nexus 7. With the Surface just hitting the market as the first hardware offering from Microsoft, it is certain to pique the curiosity of many tech lovers out there, and Apple’s (News - Alert) decision to offer a miniature tablet is certain to get the pulses of Apple lovers racing.

Barry’s selections for gifts are, of course, for the people you really love. For less expensive items, games for the Xbox with Kinnect, games for the portable PlayStation Vita, and Blu-ray DVDs for the LG bp320 Blu-ray player make good gifts.

There will be plenty of Black Friday (News - Alert) and Cyber Monday specials to help consumers get their hands on this season’s most coveted electronics. To help plan and navigate all of the specials, there are mobile apps that will help shoppers to plan their strategy.

For more ideas, holiday shoppers can find plenty of gift guides online, like Forbes’s “The Ultimate Gamer Gift Guide for Holiday 2012” and PC Mag’s “The 10 Best Digital Cameras”, and read comparison reports when they are shopping for a big ticket item and are torn between two seemingly similar products.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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