What US consumers will be buying in 2011

What US consumers will be buying in 2011

Summary: As we approach the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, America's Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has released the results of a poll of its members on what they expect consumers to buy next year. Tablet computers will apparently be the hot product -- and 46% is a higher rating than I'd have expected -- followed by "streaming content boxes" (20%) and mobile phones (11%).

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As we approach the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, America's Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has released the results of a poll of its members on what they expect consumers to buy next year. Tablet computers will apparently be the hot product -- and 46% is a higher rating than I'd have expected -- followed by "streaming content boxes" (20%) and mobile phones (11%). However, dealers are apparently not expecting to sell too many 3D TV sets (9%).

Still, Randy Fry, president of Fry's Electronics and CEA's executive board chairman, says: "3D television will gain significant momentum next year as Blu-ray and television content becomes more readily available. We will see new active glasses technology in second-generation 3DTVs that will help improve consumer adoption."

However, he adds that: "In units, smartphones and tablets will be the winners. In spite of the normal decline of current technology ASPs [average selling prices], continued innovation of notebooks and flat-panel TVs will continue to drive the dollars. Video gaming will remain very strong for 2011 with the first 3D hand-held set to be introduced by Nintendo. Microsoft's Kinect has brought to market an exciting 'game-changing' technology, although it remains to be seen if we will be able to dance safely with 3D glasses on."

The CEA has predicted overall shipment revenues of $174.9 billion in the United States this year, and forecasts a 4% increase to "an all-time high of more than $182 billion by 2011".

Thanks to the continued "consumerization of IT", many of the smartphones and tablets could double-up as enterprise terminals, though the serious business prospects of 3D TV sets and media streaming boxes appear limited.

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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....

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