PDA vendors improve device features

With corporate users still failing to adopt PDAs as their communication tool of choice, In-Stat/MDR reports that handheld vendors are turning to other means to generate growth.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  September 10, 2003

With corporate users still failing to adopt PDAs as their communication tool of choice, In-Stat/MDR reports, that handheld vendors are turning to other means to generate growth. The research group says the product designs, features and prices are gaining precedence in a bid to attract new and existing PDA users.
However, the PDA market is expected to top 11 million units this year, with shipment levels expected to be stronger in the latter half of 2003.

In-Stat also suggests that new devices will aim to prove they are more than PC peripherals and challenge the likes of Sony more directly, with increasing multimedia and wireless capabilities. For example, features in the pipeline will offer the ability to receive camcorder content, integrated GPS and megapixel camera with flash and zoom features.

One challenge for the market is price, respondents to In-Stat’s study demonstrated a reluctance to spend more than US$ 400 on a PDA. Although 31% of existing users had spent this amount on a device, only 23% said they would be willing to pay this in future.

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