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Santa Stuffs This Year’s Stockings With iPhones and Phablets

Old Saint Nick seems to be an iPhone guy, at least this year. If you received a smartphone or tablet over the holidays, chances are it was an Apple device — and very possibly a big one. That's what stats from mobile analytics firm Flurry suggest, anyway. Apple accounted for just over half of devices activated on Christmas Day and the week before, with perennial rival Samsung snagging just under 18 percent. And phablets, led by the new iPhone 6 Plus, more than tripled their holiday numbers, jumping from 4 to 13 percent of all devices activated.

The boost to big phones came at the expense of tablets, however, which continued their decline: tablets made up a third of holiday activations back in 2012, but their portion is now less than a quarter. After all, with a big, full HD screen in your pocket, who wants to carry around another, bulkier device? Of course, that's assuming it fits in your pocket to begin with.

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