IDC: Traditional PDAs on the way out

Latest IDC figures indicate shipments of pen-based PDAs are continuing to slide, falling by 26 per cent in the first quarter of this year.

In contrast, smart PDA numbers over the same period grew by seven per cent.

IDC PC hardware associate analyst, Mercie Clement, said the figures were indicative of the anticipated decline in traditional PDAs.

The products had reached maturity and were now being overshadowed by devices with combined voice and data functionality, she said.

"Email was the big driver but now we are seeing second wave applications like CRM, and sales force automation coming into the smart PDA market," she said.

However, increased demand for feature-rich devices from market leaders Blackberry, O2, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and iMate were generating good development opportunities for the channel, Clement said.

IDC's recent Business Selection Criteria for Mobile Computing Survey of 250 large Australian companies identified four sectors that planned to deploy smart PDAs: health, government, education and personal services (such as hospitality and SMEs).

System integrators and vendors should focus on these sectors with solutions, Clement said.

Apart from applications, solutions were needed to overcome the emerging technical challenges of cross-platform compatibility and security, she said. Brightpoint general manager, Felix Wong, said smart handhelds only accounted for around 250,000 units compared to around six million plus phone handsets sold annually.

However the higher margins on smart handhelds, compared to 3G phones for example, made the category a good proposition for the channel, he said. The traditional barriers to growth in the market, bandwidth costs and inadequate devices, had also been overcome, he said. This allowed the channel to value-add functionality such as GPS, Bluetooth and MP3.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?