Thursday, December 13, 2012

Consumers Will Purchase Apple iPad Over Kindle Fire This Holiday Season

Parks Associates releases new holiday CE shopping data from 4Q 2012 survey

New Consumer Analytics research from Parks Associates indicates consumers continue to prefer Apple over the other top brands in tablets, with 44% of holiday tablet shoppers planning to purchase an iPad 2 versus 24% opting for the Kindle Fire. The Microsoft Surface comes in at 21% with the Google Nexus last at 12%.

“Apple continues to gain strength in key product categories,” said John Barrett, Director, Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates. “In the tablet market, consumers initially expressed interest in the Microsoft Surface, but once pricing and product details were announced, holiday intentions to purchase a Microsoft Surface dropped to 21% in Q4 from 45% in Q3.”

Parks Associates - Tablet Brands most popular in 2012

Parks Associates’ holiday survey from October-November 2012 shows, for the first time, more U.S. broadband households plan to purchase a tablet than a laptop, netbook, or Ultrabook. Thirty-three percent of U.S.  broadband households now own a tablet, up from 15% last year, and Parks Associates forecasts 66% of U.S. broadband households will have a tablet by 2013.

“The iPad mini launch could cannibalize some iPad sales,” Barrett said. “When presented with this new product option, 40% of iPad intenders opted for an iPad mini.”

The new research also indicates headphone/earbud products continue to benefit from tablet and smartphone adoption. This category is in the top-five CE product purchases for the second year in a row.

Analysts are available for comment on holiday CE purchase forecasts and 2012 trend overviews. To request a meeting, contact Holly Sprague at 720.987.6614.

Visit http://www.parksassociates.com or contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113 for information.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-owned and woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) markets. Celebrating its 35th year in 2021, Parks Associates is a partner to companies navigating the changing consumer technology landscapes through data-driven market insights, extensive consumer and industry intelligence, custom marketing services, and executive networking experiences and conferences.

The company's expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics, and energy management solutions.

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