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PDAs Will Become Irrelevant

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InternetWeek: PDAs are moving toward irrelevance, a new study by In-Stat released this week says. [...] The devices are entering a stage of serious decline.

In-Stat reported that PDA shipments in 2004 were only 8.7 million, compared to 10 million in 2003. The study predicted a negative annual growth rate of 21.5 percent through 2009. After that time, PDAs will be sold only for specific vertical markets, according to the study. As a result, In-Stat said, the PDA will soon stop being considered a major product segment.

The report attributed the decline of PDAs to increased sales of devices such as smartphones and portable media players, which it described as a “natural evolution” of the PDA.

That last sentence in bold is my emphasis. More evidence of the market shift that’s taking place as more feature-rich mobile devices start to emerge, combining cellular telephony, digital media and PDA capability. Fuel for podcasting growth, for instance, as I mentioned recently.

Maybe my mobile device wish list could be closer to reality than I first expected – take a look at the Nokia 7710 smartphone that Guillaume is trying out.

Link: PDAs Becoming Irrelevant, Study Says

Neville Hobson is the author of the popular NevilleHobson.com blog which focuses on business communication and technology.

Neville is currentlly the VP of New Marketing at Crayon. Visit Neville Hobson’s blog: NevilleHobson.com.

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