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Hot tech gifts: 2011 year of the tablet

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) It's hard to use the words "hot gift" these days without adding "electronic" or "digital" to them -- experts say that will certainly be the case when the 2011 holiday rush kicks off very early Friday morning.

The staff at Best Buy says while there's no shortage of gift ideas at their store, 2011 is going to be the "Year of the Tablet" -- both PC's and E-readers.

"That's what interests most people," said Corey Roberts, a Computing and Tablet Specialist for Best Buy. "Being able to to be mobile with their device, being able to take it with them, get on the internet, checking their email, keeping up with their friends and family out of the country, out of state."

Though the iPad 2 may be the most notable tablet on the market, Best Buy carries a wide variety of the devices -- some, like the ASUS Transformer, that will be as much as $150 off on Black Friday.

"With their lower price versus some of the laptops, that's a reason why they're a really hot item," said Roberts.

Keeping pace with their PC counterparts, several E-readers like the new Amazon Kindle Fire now offer web browsing and other online functions.

"You're going to have a lot of different media options," said Roberts. "You're going to be able to load photos, play music like an mp3 player, plus do video streaming as well."

Smart phones are also expected to be a big hit, as the number of apps for all carriers continues to explode. Best Buy says if you play your cards right and take advantage of deals early on, you might find some extra Benjamins in your pocket.

"We have a particular phone, the HTC Thunderbolt 4G, that's usually 100 dollars with a two year agreement through Verizon," said Roberts. "[On Black Friday] you're actually going to be getting it for free and that's going to be one of our door buster items. People will be in line for it for sure."

Best Buy says this year's "less is more" mantra doesn't only apply to the size of the hot items -- it can also refer to their price, which is certainly the case for Best Buy's biggest Black Friday draw.

"Best Buy stores nationwide will have a great special going on," said Roberts. "We have everything from a 24 inch flat screen TV for only 80 dollars to a 42 inch that's only 200 dollars."

Best Buy will open at 12:00am Friday. The store says it's expecting a long line of people throughout most of the day Thursday.

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