“Holiday sales of tablets may sort out the winners from the losers in a technology sector inundated with ambitious hardware and software rollouts,” Antoine Gara reports for TheStreet. “The savvy among us probably have already aligned ourselves with chosen devices and operating systems, so I decided to canvass the market for tablets and e-readers with a swing voter this holiday season: my mother.”

“After a Sunday spent shopping in New York City, here are three insights on the device market with three weeks left in the holiday season,” Gara reports. “While Apple certainly is facing the stiffest competition yet in competing hardware, software and content stores offered by Google, Microsoft and, to a lesser extent, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there seems little reason for Tim Cook and Co. to sweat it out this holiday season.”

Gara reports, “My mother went into our tech-product tour wanting either an iPad or iPad Mini, and she emerged from a whirlwind presentation of alternatives still wanting an Apple tablet.”

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