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Some gadgets falling off holiday wish lists

Althea Chang
Big Data Download
Some gadgets falling off holiday wish lists

Swarms of shoppers are expected at electronics stores during the holiday season, but certain devices may not be showing up as much on wish lists this year, according to a recent survey.

"Your smartphone is going to … make a lot of other hardware devices obsolete. Leading the pack I believe are the digital cameras," said Brian Hoyt, spokesman for deal site RetailMeNot, which conducted a survey of 1,045 U.S. consumers.

Nearly half of consumers prefer to use a phone instead of a digital camera to take pictures, according to the survey.

And gaming consoles are expected to be a popular gift from parents to their kids, RetailMeNot found. About 62 percent of those surveyed are considering game consoles as gifts for their kids and 54 percent are considering handheld gaming devices, according to the survey.

Meanwhile, only 19 percent plan to give a portable music player, 19 percent plan to give a desktop computer, 13 percent plan to give a GPS device for the holidays sometime within the next five years, RetailMeNot found.

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