Consumers in the US are more likely to buy a smartphone, a relatively new wireless communications device, than any other electronic gadget this year.
This is according to research company Gartner, which said consumers 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.
According to Gartner, the next most popular electronics items 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, said Hugues de la Vergne, Gartner principal research analyst.
"As more consumers adopt smartphones, the market will shift from the more technically astute tech savants toward less tech-savvy comfortable conformists," Mr de la Vergne said.
Founded in 1979, Gartner is an IT research and advisory firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.