IDC: Slowdown slams A-P handheld market into reverse

Sales of handheld devices such as PDAs (personal digital assistants) in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) in the first half of 2002 were 19 percent lower than in the second half of 2001, according to figures released Wednesday by research company IDC.

PDA sales reached 1.06 million in the first half of 2002, compared to 1.31 million in the second half of 2001, IDC reported.

This is the first decline ever recorded in sales of these devices, which IDC defines as excluding the category of converged devices which combines telephony and traditional PDA features. The main reasons for the decline in this consumer-driven market were the overall economic slowdown in the region and lack of consumer confidence. Growth continued from a low base in some developing Asia-Pacific markets and the slowdown was most noticeable in developed markets, IDC said.

China, the region's largest PDA market, saw sales fall 23 percent from the previous half-year, and Korea, another large market, saw sales fall 28 percent. Sales in the mature markets of Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore were weak, and it was the developing markets like Malaysia, Thailand and India which showed promise for future growth, IDC said.

The corporate market for PDAs is still small compared to the consumer market, but some shipments were made into the insurance, finance, telecommunication, and logistics sectors. In the potentially huge Indian market, sales growth can be expected from the healthcare and insurance industries, IDC said.

PDA vendors suffered mixed fortunes, with China's local manufacturers Beijing Hi-Tech Wealth Electronic Product Co. Ltd., Minren and Legend Group Ltd. all seeing sales fall by over 10 percent.

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) made gains in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia with the Compaq iPAQ, and Sony Corp. also made an impression with the multimedia features and attractive industrial designs of its Clie product line, IDC said.

But Palm Inc. remained the multinational vendor with the highest sales, and the second-biggest in the region behind Hi-Tech Wealth, gaining a number of corporate wins. But Palm's shipments slipped by 14 percent overall from 151,200 in the second half of 2001 to 130,300 in the first half of 2002.

The market is likely to see seasonal improvement in the second half of year, particularly with a strong line-up of new devices slated for release, IDC said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

David Legard

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

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.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

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?