Most Likely to Buy a Smartphone in 2011

US consumers are more likely to buy a smartphone than any other electronic gadget this year, according to a new survey. Technology research company Gartner said consumers in the US are more likely to buy a smartphone in 2011 than a personal computer, a basic mobile phone, an electronic book reader, a tablet computer or gaming products.

Gartner said the next most popular electronics items for US consumers after smartphones were laptop computers, desktop computers, basic mobile phones, e-book readers and tablet computers.

“Continued low retail pricing and widespread adoption of applications like web browsing, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, GPS and games will continue to stimulate consumer demand” for smartphones, Gartner principal research analyst Hugues de la Vergne said in a statement.

“As more consumers adopt smartphones, the market will shift from the more technically astute tech savants toward less tech-savvy comfortable conformists,” de la Vergne said.

Gartner said US smartphone sales are expected to grow from 67 million units in 2010 to 95 million units in 2011.

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