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Mobile devices were the holiday shopper's savior this year

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In recent weeks, as millions of Americans were turning their last-minute shopping attention to hot online properties ranging from daily deals giant JustDeals.com to the always-fashionable Amazon, it's clear that mobile devices provided the most popular conduit to the top digital shopping destinations.

According to the assessments put forward by the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, smartphones delivered more holiday cheer than tablets this year.

In terms of mobile traffic and sales, mobile traffic “was the highest we’ve seen over this holiday season, accounting for 48 percent of all online traffic, up 28.3 percent compared to the same period last year,” the report reads.

Smartphones drove 28.5 percent of all online traffic compared to tablets at 18.1 percent, making it the browsing device of choice. When it comes to making the sale, tablets drove 19.4 percent of all online sales, more than twice that of smartphones, which accounted for 9.3 percent. Tablet users also averaged $95.61 per order, versus smartphone users, who averaged $85.11 per order.

Once again, in the critical iOS vs. Android war, iOS was the winner.

As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23 percent vs. 4.6 percent for Android.

“On average, iOS users spent $93.94 per order, nearly twice that of Android users, who spent $48.10 per order,” IBM found.

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