PDAs are still popular

Despite some sluggish sales towards in the global PDA market towards the end of last, In-Stat/MDR reports that it is still progressing at pace.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  January 20, 2004

Despite some sluggish sales activity towards in the global personal digital assistant (PDA) market towards the end of last, it is still progressing at pace. Evidence of this comes from In-Stat/MDR, which reports that the big name vendors, such as Palm and HP, continue to push new devices into the market and that end users continue to snap them up. In fact, the analyst house reports that 65% of current PDA owners would be willing to upgrade. Key to this purchasing trend is the ongoing innovation of the vendor community. According to In-Stat/MDR, the addition of features and functionality such as the ability to use the device in portrait and landscape mode; integrated wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS; and devices with more built-in software applications and larger quality displays are all reasons for user to upgrade. Finally, it appears as though the usage of PDAs is also evolving as the market matures. Gone are the days of handhelds being little more than an electronic filofax and users are instead touting them as fully functional web accessing devices. As such, In-Stat/MDR reports that 18% of the respondents to its survey indicated that they access the internet once to several times per day via their PDA.

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