科技报道 - 电子产品继续位居今年最受欢迎礼物名单首位
This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.
Electronics were among the most requested gifts this holiday season. The Consumer Electronics Association has studied holiday gift buying in the United States for the past eighteen years. Jim Barry is a spokesman for the CEA. We spoke with him last week, just before many Americans exchanged Christmas gifts. He said buyers this year planned to spend a little more than they did last year.
电子产品是这个假期被要求最多的礼物之一。美国消费者电子协会（Consumer Electronics Association）研究了过去18年的美国节日礼物的消费。吉姆·巴里（Jim Barry）是美国消费者电子协会发言人。上周，在多数美国人交换圣诞礼物之前，我们与他进行了交流。他说，今年购物者计划比去年多花一点。
JIM BARRY: “And, what they said they were going to buy, the top five were - tablet computers, laptops, TVs, e-readers and video games. And that, as it turns out, here as we get close to Christmas, is what people are actually buying."
Tablet computers were the most popular electronic gift this year. Laptop computers finished second. Apple released its iPad 2 tablet computer in March. The company is expected to release the iPad 3 next year. Jim Barry says the iPad continues to lead the way in the tablet market.
JIM BARRY: “iPads are the leader in tablet computers, and tablet computers are the top of the list of what folks said they were going to buy this year. And, probably north of eighty percent of the tablets being sold up until now have been Apple iPads.”
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But, Mister Barry says that is starting to change. He says there are now more choices and less costly tablets available. They include the new Kindle Fire from Amazon-dot-com. E-readers were number three on the CEA’s holiday gift wish list this year. Mr. Barry says that came as a surprise to more than a few people.
JIM BARRY: “Some folks thought that the popularity and success of the tablet computer would mean sales of e-book readers would go down. Well that hasn’t happened. Sales of e-book readers have more than doubled this year. We’re buying lots more. The leaders there continue to be the Kindle from Amazon and the Nook from Barnes and Noble, along with the e-reader from Sony.”
巴里：“有些人认为，平板电脑的普及和成功将意味着电子阅读器的销量会下降。但这种情况并没有发生。今年电子阅读器销量提高了一倍以上，（与去年相比）我们购买了更多。电子阅读器市场的领导者仍是Amazon公司的Kindle和Barnes and Noble公司的Nook，以及Sony公司的e-reader。”
Amazon released its Kindle Fire just in time for Christmas. The new Kindle is a touchscreen tablet computer. Unlike the earlier e-reader, this one is in color and it lets users explore the World Wide Web.
The Kindle Fire sells for one hundred ninety nine dollars. This is several hundred dollars less than the iPad. However, it is about the same price people paid last year for the Kindle 3G Wireless. So the big question on a lot of people’s minds this year was whether or not to wait for the price to come down.
Kindle Fire售价为199美元，比iPad便宜几百美元。然而，它的价格和去年人们购买Kindle 3G无线版的价格相近。所以今年在很多人心中最大的问题是，要不要等它价格便宜点再买？
JIM BARRY: “This is the challenge of the early adopter. You know one of the great things about consumer electronics is that the prices get lower as the stuff gets better. And that’s not true of automobiles, or furniture or houses, and so forth. So as the prices get lower, if you bought earlier you may feel a little bit of that ‘well I wish I had waited.’”
Mr. Barry says falling prices are a major plus for electronics sales.
JIM BARRY: “That’s one of the reasons why consumer electronics devices - TVs and everything else really - do relatively well, even in this type of difficult economy.”
He gives another reason why electronics were popular as Christmas gifts.
JIM BARRY: “They’re really cool so you’re pretty much guaranteed that if you give one of these things to someone as a gift, they’re going to be happy they got it.”
And that’s the VOA Special English Technology Report. Transcripts, MP3s and podcasts of our reports are at voanews.cn. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and iTunes at VOA Learning English. I’m June Simms.