Nielsen: Kids want iPads for Christmas

Parents may want to start saving a little early for the holidays this year: according to the Nielsen Co., the iPad is the most popular electronic device requested among children between the ages of six and twelve.

Thirt-one percent of kids surveyed were interested in purchasing an iPad in the next six months, followed by a computer and the iPod Touch, both at 29 percent. Teenagers were more likely to opt for the traditional new computer, TV or smartphone, with iPads coming in fourth at 18 percent.

"Of note, the iPod Touch outpaces the perennial handheld gaming favorites Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable — though look for the Nintendo 3DS to make a splash with young gamers when it releases in Spring 2011," said Nielsen in a blog post.

The video-game industry can take heart in the fact that one in five kids is still hoping for a Sony Playstation 3, while teens favor the Nintendo Wii over the PS3 by 15 percent to 13 percent. Nine percent of teens requested an Xbox.