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Apple iPad tops kids' Christmas wish lists in survey

November 23, 2010 | 11:57 am


Preteens want an Apple iPad for Christmas more than any other item, according to a survey from the Nielsen Co. 

The iPad took the No. 1 spot in a 17-item list, with 31% of children 6 to 12 saying they wanted to find  one of Apple's blockbuster tablets under the tree. AppleiPad

Second place on the under-13 list was a tie between and Apple's iPod Touch and a computer (no specific brand), with each named by 29%

The Nintendo DS portable video game console was No. 4, on 25% of wish lists. Tied in fifth were the Sony PlayStation 3 video game console, any (non-iPhone) smart phone, and any mobile phone.

The Nintendo 3DS, which won't be released in the U.S. until next March, came in the 10th spot on the list.

And an e-reader was the item on the list that children seemed to want the least, coming in at 17th with only 11% of kids saying they want to embrace the digital book format.

Teenagers had slightly different wants.

The top spot in the 13-and-up group was a computer, with 20%. Second place was a tie between a television and a (non-iPhone) smart phone.

The iPad was next with 18%, followed by a Blu-ray video disc player with 17%.

At the bottom of the teen was the Sony PlayStation Portable video game system, with just 5% saying they wanted one.

The Nielsen Co. conducted its survey in October.


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Photo: The Apple iPad would make lots of kids happy this Christmas. Credit: Apple Inc.