Visor Deluxe #1 Selling PDA in Retail
Handspring's Visor Deluxe accounted for 25% of all PDA sales in retail stores during June. They beat out Palm and all the Pocket PC vendors. The Palm Vx captured the second spot with 16% of the retail market. The Palm IIIxe took 13.6%, followed by the entry-level Visor, the Palm VII, the Palm V and the Palm IIIe. In total, Palm sold more devices in retail stores than Handspring.
TRG's handhelds are only available online and not in retail stores so they don't appear on this list. Also, this list doesn't take into account any sales by any vendor made online so this doesn't necessarily mean that, in total, more Palm devices are sold than Visors.
This list does make it clear that Handspring has done an excellent job of putting together an efficient retail distribution channel in the few months that Visors have been available in stores. Palm sales have been hampered by component shortages that have kept its handhelds in short supply since May. Handspring has had no such problems.
Microsoft's Pocket PC has not made any gains in the retail market since May's results were announced, with the most sought-after Microsoft-based product to date, the Compaq iPaq, still back-ordered at most online retailers.
Stephen Baker of PC Data believes that Handspring is likely primarily picking up Palm's customers.
Do you agree with him? If you were thinking about buying a Palm IIIx and found they were back-ordered, would you go buy a Visor Deluxe or TRGpro? Or will you only buy from Palm itself? Have any of you already done this? Please give us your comments below.
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