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Jan 4, 2012
Will HDTV Manufacturers March to Irrelevance at CES 2012?
This year’s CES should bring out the latest HDTV sets from all the big names including Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba and more. We expect to see more connected TVs with more iPads and other tablets controlling them. A challenge they will all be facing is how to make their TVs stand out from the pack.
Dec 15, 2011
Over 100 Tablets Introduced; Why You Can’t Name Any
2011 will go down in the history books as a great year for tablets mostly for Apple’s iPad however, not all tablet vendors fared as well as Apple. It’s not for lack of products that prevented Android tablets from taking any market share away from Apple this year. By our calculation, over 100 tablets were introduced since the iPad however, we defy even the most tech-savvy of you to name more than a few of them.
Nov 17, 2011
2011 Holiday Shopping Pulse Study
What are bargain hunters going to be looking for this coming Black Friday and what’s on everyone’s holiday gift wish list? This latest Retrevo Pulse Study asked consumers about what they want for the holidays and what they’re going to be looking for in the bargain bins.
Nov 09, 2011
Why The Amazon Kindle Fire Could Be Hot This Holiday Season
The new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is about to go on sale. Amazon claims they have received so many pre-orders they are building “millions more than already planned.” Apple has sold more than 25 million iPads to date (11.6 million in Q3 alone). In this Pulse Study, Retrevo looks at what consumers know about the new Amazon tablet and whether or not they plan on buying one.
October 28, 2011
Could Groupon’s Deal Addicts Hurt Retailers This Year?
The Groupons and the Woots of the world have been feeding Black Friday-caliber deals to consumers throughout the year. Have they created a subculture of deal “addicts” who scoff at discounts less than 50% off? Will retailers need to go even deeper to make Black Friday deals attract these hard core deal shoppers?
October 20, 2011
Study Finds: Retailers Are Not Providing Smartphone-Equipped Shoppers What They Need
More and more consumers are using their smartphones to help them shop and many are walking into retail stores armed with their mobile device. Unfortunately for many retailers many of these shoppers are walking out of stores carrying no more than they came in with, in other words, they are not buying anything in the store.
June 30, 2011
Retrevo Pulse Report Predicts Big Drop in 3DTV Price Premium
A recent Retrevo study found that a high price premium is one of the most common reasons consumers cite for not buying a 3DTV. That barrier may soon vanish as a recent Retrevo Labs Pulse study shows a significant downward trend in the price premium of 47 – 50-inch 3DTVs over equivalent non-3D 1080p LED-LCD and Plasma TVs from top brands including Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, LG and others.
June 16, 2011
iPhone Owners Ready For Mobile Wallet, Will Apple Deliver?
Despite the fact that Google was out in front of the pack with a mobile wallet announcement, a recent Pulse study from Retrevo, a shopping and review site specializing in consumer electronics, found that not only are iPhone owners more…
July 13, 2010
Will Streaming Movies Kill Blu-ray Discs?
If you’re like many other TV owners, you may already have your TV connected to your high speed Internet connection or maybe you’re considering a new HDTV with built-in networking so you can make the connection…
June 29, 2010
Retrevo Predicts Big Year for 3DTV
This has been a big year for 3DTV, with interest in 3D movies stimulated by the blockbuster 3D movie, Avatar and 3DTV getting all the attention at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. This Retrevo Pulse study looks at 3DTV; who’s going to buy one and what, if anything would prevent someone from buying a 3DTV…
June 21, 2010
Do e-Readers Have a Chance Against the iPad?
Amazon claims they sell more Kindles on their site than any other product but just to cover the bases they also offer a very popular iPhone and iPad app. Barnes and Noble also offers an app…
June 10, 2010
The Connect Consumer and the Future of Mobile Commerce?
Everyone is talking about the mobile Internet and how more and more consumers are browsing and using lots of apps anywhere they and their mobile phones happen to be. Are cell phone owners also becoming more comfortable buying things with their phones?…
June 2, 2010
Can Anything Stop Apple and the iPad?
If the rumors are true and all goes according to plan, Steve Jobs will take the stage at the WWDC next week and present the latest version of the iPhone…
May 25, 2010
New Data Shines Light on Future of Netbooks
In past years, the netbooks took the market by a storm. With Intel Atom chip sets, long battery life, small form factors, and low price they offered a great alternative to expensive, bulky laptops. We also asked what they are currently considering and which products they are leaning toward…
Apr 12, 2010
Is the Internet Killing Cable TV?
Gone are the days of racing home for Must-See-TV. Now you can record shows, skip commercials, and watch TV online at home or on the go. This Retrevo Gadgetology Report gives you a snapshot of online TV viewership and discovers what appears to be a trend toward Internet TV patronage…
Feb 16, 2010
Are Consumers Warming Up to Shopping On Their Mobile Phones?
The latest Retrevo Pulse Report looks at how consumers feel about shopping on their mobile phones and how they are reacting to advertising on these devices. The bad news is that many consumers appear to be turned off and are tuning out mobile ads…
Feb 05, 2010
Apple iPad Hoopla Fails to Convince Buyers
A follow-up Retrevo Pulse study looking at consumer interest in buying the new Apple iPad indicates a failure to convince any new buyers to consider the iPad. Not only did Apple fail to convince new buyers, it may have lost many potential buyers who now say they don’t think they need an Apple tablet computer…
Feb 03, 2010
Retrevo Pulse Study Questions Myth of Super Bowl and HDTV Sales
Conventional wisdom has big media events like the Super Bowl dramatically increasing demand for HDTV sets. We were surprised to find that neither the Olympics, Academy Awards, or even the Super Bowl provided the biggest motivation to buy an HDTV set…
Jan 27, 2010
Apple iPad Announcement Was a Huge Twitter Fest
While Apple's iPad launch drew the attention of a worldwide audience, chatter came to a frenzy on the micro-blogging site Twitter. According to Retrevo's new Buzzmeter, the iPad announcement peaked at 7,000 tweets per minute…
Jan 13, 2010
The Avatar Effect – 3DTV Awareness grew dramatically
We suspected Avatar would be a groundbreaking 3D movie so we captured a snapshot of consumer interest in 3DTV before, and then after Avatar was released…
Jan 10, 2010
Best Buy Competitors Gained Ground This Year
According to the latest Retrevo Pulse, Amazon and Walmart are both gaining on Best Buy in the race to be number one in the minds of consumers shopping for electronics…
Dec 8, 2009
What moves the needle this holidays? Free Shipping or Coupons?
With consumer spending still a concern, Retrevo Pulse looks at the drivers behind consumer electronics shopping this holiday season. …
Dec 3, 2009
What Makes Holiday HDTV Buyers Tick?
Black Friday HDTV deals have come and gone but demand for TVs this holiday season appears to be very strong. This Pulse report looks at holiday HDTV buying trends and consumer behavior in detail…
Nov 9, 2009
Is Microsoft Trying to Kill the Netbook Market?
Leading up to the launch of Windows 7, Windows XP was the operating system of choice for netbooks. Now comes Windows 7 and Microsoft offers the Starter Edition. We look at how consumers feel about having Windows 7 Starter Edition installed on their new netbooks.
Oct 23, 2009
Step Aside Apple Fans, Apple Needs to Sell Tablets to the PC Crowd
If Apple wants to add to its bottom line with a rumored Apple tablet, it will have to capture buyers from the PC side. Unfortunately, as a recent Retrevo Gadgetology study found, they’re going to have to be very aggressive on pricing if they want to win over PC owners…
Oct 13, 2009
We’ll Have a Blu(ray) X-Mas… Without You
Five Things Blu-ray Vendors Need to Do to Sell Players…
Oct 5, 2009
Retrevo Predicts Windows 7 Windfall for Microsoft and PC Vendors
Apple’s Snow Leopard enjoyed a very successful launch despite some grumbling from Mac owners and now it’s Microsoft’s turn. So far the reviews of Windows 7 have been very…
Sept 25, 2009
TV Size Matters in Today's Economy
Factoring in a dose of economic reality, recent Retrevo Pulse data indicates that HDTV buyers are now thinking that small is beautiful, or at least more affordable…
Sept 15, 2009
Even the Economy Can’t Hurt Digital Camera Sales
In August 2008, there was a 30% decrease in digital camera demand. However, 2009 data reveals demand for digital cameras is remarkably strong. What is causing the demand to be strong? …
Sept 8, 2009
Laptop Sales Pave Way for Rumored Apple Tablet
Despite a 20% decline in the average selling price of laptops, August demand in terms of dollars was up 40% from July. With the growing popularity of netbooks, one could expect laptop sales to suffer but that does not appear to be the case…
August 5, 2009
Small Business Electronics Demand Stays Strong Despite Economic Downturn
Meat-and-potato consumer gadgets used to operate small businesses and search for jobs– monitors, printers, projectors, scanners, telephones, and storage devices – all maintained steady demand levels in recent months and even grew in many cases. More…
July 14, 2009
Gadgets Sales Say Staycations & Road Trips for Summer
Camcorder demand jumped almost 20% over a three-month period starting in April, debunking popular theory that cameras are cannibalizing the market. The Retrevo Pulse indexes showed MP3 player demand off 30% since the end of February, while TVs have stayed flat since dropping 25% 120 days ago…
June 1, 2009
Our Obession with Gadgets
Overall demand is soft (Retrevo's Demand Index shows a 15% decline year-over-year), but lower demand doesn't translate into people buying cheap (and commoditized) technology. The most notable categories picking up momentum are Digital Cameras and Optical Disc Players…
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