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The latest report from the analyst firm IDC states that worldwide handheld device shipments declined 12% from the same quarter last year. The report cites seasonally sluggish demand and vendor re-focusing as many prepare for new Spring product launches.
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whatsa handheld

Gar @ 4/27/2004 3:59:21 PM #
Like always, the numbers are what you want to read into them. If I believed the numbers; Palm would have gone under years ago because _everyone_ stopped buying Palm handheld devices. Yet somehow we see new ones coming out and very happy new or upgrade buyers.
"Whatsa handheld?": too bad Apple didn't register the mini iPod as a handheld. That would throw everyone's numbers out the window. It does have addresses, dates, applications on it. Just joking, sort of.

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RE: whatsa handheld
Admin @ 4/27/2004 4:22:17 PM #
The definition IDC uses in their report is:
Handheld devices are pocket-sized, either pen or keypad-centric, and are capable of synchronizing with desktop or laptop computers. Handheld devices are designed to access and manage data including office documents, multimedia, and games.

Handheld devices do not include telephony but may include wireless capabilities that enable Internet access and text communication. These devices feature evolved operating systems or application environments, such as Palm OS, Pocket PC, Windows CE, Handheld PC 2000, Linux or proprietary solutions and have the ability to download and run applications and store user data beyond their required PIM capabilities.

Basically, it looks like that means everything but smartphones

RE: whatsa handheld
DevPOV @ 4/27/2004 5:11:01 PM #
You jest, but the iPod really sucks as a PIM - read-only information doesn't go far. But with the success of the iPod, think what would happen if Apple DID come out with a PDA with iPod design aspects and marketing. If Apple opened the system then Palm and PPC WOULD be blown away by the sheer numbers. An iPDA would be sexy (I only hope they would have a better name than that).

Lots more reason behind the numbers me thinks

cbowers @ 4/27/2004 4:22:28 PM #
"palmOne - Hit particularly hard by the seasonality of the handheld market"

A very kind comment. On the other hand maybe if PalmOne would put out more hardware comparable to HP's, they might regain some of the mid to high end market. Let's hope PalmOne doesn't get distracted by strong sales into the US market of featureless plasticy crap, when their closest competitor is the likes of HP. It's embarrassing to see PalmOne boast about Zire numbers. Just take the profits meekly with some class, and sink them back into R&D to bring the next Treo and Tungsten products out and soundly answer HP, Dell, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson. And perhaps quality control could use a tweak.

RE: Lots more reason behind the numbers me thinks
Slam @ 4/27/2004 10:14:43 PM #
It is interesting that other is in 3rd place at 19%.
Is there any information about who is in "other"


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