Is A Smartphone A PDA?

Posted: Aug 5 2005, 12:00am EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 4:19pm CDT, in News | Other Stuff


Is a Smartphone a PDA?
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The other day news was that PDA sales are declining rapidly the next day the news is the are growing. What is happening?

Well turns out it is all about defining what gadget is a PDA and which gadget is not a PDA.
Analyst firm IDC reported a sharp PDA sales decline, where as Gartner reports a growth of the PDA market.
Gartner counts Smartphones and wireless PDAs, where apparently IDC is not counting those as PDAs.
In any case for me a "stand-alone" PDA is just not efficient. For the real road worrier a Smartphone like the Palm Treo or the upcoming Motorola Q are the PDAs of choice these days. Who wants to sync phone numbers between two devices and carry two devices around, if you can have all in one small package.

CNET quotes market researcher Canalys saying that 12.2 million smartphones shipped in the second quarter of 2005, more than double the 5.9 million shipped in the same quarter in 2004.
All major PDA makers need to adjust to that trend, if they did not do it already. CNET runs also an interesting article about the notebook to handheld conversion.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
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