The Electronic Gadgets Atop Christmas Lists This Year

December 19, 2011, By Alex Badinici

My 7-year-old asked for an iPad for Christmas. When I was his age, asking for a $20 electronic toy seemed a stretch.

But a $500 gadget? Absolutely unimaginable.

Sure, sure, with inflation and everything, that figure is a bit higher now. But to even hope that your parents were going to buy a video game system, nevermind an expensive electronic gadget, was almost beyond belief. Especially if you were among the under-10 set.

Even so, the iPad is the most desired consumer electronic device for children aged 6 to 12 this year (and for those older than 12, too, just sayin’). So my son isn’t alone in his desire for the device.

In fact, those 12 and younger have a nearly insatiable appetite for Apple electronics, according to this infographic from Milo and sourced by Nielsen. iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch – all have increased their value on the holiday lists of the pre-teen set this year.

All other smartphones, all other cell phones – meh. Video game systems? Well, they’re not awful, but not that exciting, either.

But gadgets that Steve Jobs had a hand in? Well they’re another story entirely.

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