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Despite a weak US economy and a decline in 2002, research firm In-Stat/MDR is predicting growth for the PDA industry through 2007. 2003 may experience the largest expansion as manufacturers add new functionality and capabilities to handhelds.
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three grand?

Pepper @ 2/27/2003 5:12:11 PM #
Eh, not too bad of a price for a comprehensive report. I don't know how comprehensive their research is, but if it covers enough it could save a firm a LOT of money!


I love my Palm . . . do you?

RE: three grand?
Nebrie @ 2/27/2003 5:19:32 PM #
It's priced that high because there's not a whole lot of people who want to buy such a report, even at $30.

RE: three grand?
Impartial @ 2/27/2003 6:01:58 PM #
And all that in only 53 pages! Wow! That's only, like, $60 per page!

You may imagine that this is a witty statement, if you like.

Don't believe the hype.

Gekko @ 2/27/2003 9:40:53 PM #
Never trust an ANAL-yst. You'll get more accurate predictions from a Magic 8-Ball or Ouija Board.

RE: Don't believe the hype.
kezza @ 2/28/2003 1:27:42 PM #
I agree. Nobody can accurately forecast anything 5 years into the future when consumer trends change as frequently and rapidly as they do now. maybe 20 years ago, but not now and certainly not in the future. besides, i actually disagree with some of their points. i've been talking with people who very recently have decided to buy PDAs, and when given the option to get a smartphone or something with PalmOS 5 and/or wireless internet, they passed on it. they said they'd rather just have something to put their calendar and contacts into. the most common thing i've heard from recent PDA buyers is "i already have a phone, why would I want one on my PDA?" a lot of these people still fit into the market that Palm was targeting with the Zire -- they don't even know about 3rd party apps, and basically just want a day planner. that's it. the number of people looking for advanced features like wireless internet and MP3 make up such a tiny portion of the PDA-buying public (and a positively microscopic portion of 1st-time buyers) that they couldn't possibly account for the kind of growth this analysis is predicting.

"Well, if it isn't the leader of the wiener patrol, boning up on his nerd lessons"

So, Did Anyone Tell Palm?

SuccessWizard @ 2/27/2003 10:22:16 PM #
Palm has just finished slashing 19% of their workforce with a round of folks getting their pink slips just today. According to an article on CNET, the 19% included the 18% of Palm Source people that were cut earlier in the year.

Mike Lohsl
Palm & Pocket PC Advisor

RE: So, Did Anyone Tell Palm?
i2oadi2unnei2 @ 2/28/2003 11:08:23 AM #
At this rate I better dig into my old storage and pull out my gameboy...hmm I wonder which box its in...

...|3eep |3eep!!...

RE: So, Did Anyone Tell Palm?
RhinoSteve @ 2/28/2003 11:31:17 AM #
This 19% cut was good housecleaning. They are doing fine.



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