PDAs and smartphones to increasingly merge

By Derek Sooman on December 27, 2004, 9:35 AM
Market analysts have put forward the belief that handheld computing is in the midst of one of its most dramatic changes since this product category was created. Traditional PDAs now face declining sales and growing competition from smartphones. In the coming year, "connected" PDAs are destined to survive in numbers, but "unconnected" devices - PDAs with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but without an integrated cell phone - should be heading into niche markets.

"There always will be a market for the unconnected PDA. But today's real drivers of growth in this segment are mobile phones, smartphones and converged devices." - Alex Slawsby, an analyst for research firm IDC.

The future is seemingly in these "connected" devices - converged products that merge the PDA and the smartphone into one. However, itís not clear yet which will do the best in terms of sales in 2005, the phone with PDA functionality or the PDA with phone functionality, but it seems clear that these devices are set to increasingly merge.




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poertner_1274 said:
I have been looking into getting a PDA/cell phone for hte last few months. I think it is a wonderful plan, as long as users don't abuse the phones. I think the PDA phones are not made to take quite as much of a beating as a regular phone would. That's the only thing that bothers me. But I'd definately say that getting a PDA phone is the way to go.
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