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PDA Sales Decline Continues

2/02/2005 08:26:00 AM Eastern

Framingham, Mass. — PDA sales worldwide fell for the fourth consecutive quarter, dropping 18.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2004.For the full year, worldwide PDA sales dropped to 9.2 million units, a decline of 13 percent from 2003, said IDC.

2004 marks the first time since 1999 that worldwide handheld device shipments slipped to under 10 million units and the third straight year of decline since the market’s peak in 2001, said IDC. Despite some success with bundled and integrated GPS receivers, there have been little new applications to drive sales, said the research group.

IDC analyst David Linsalata also said sales fell due to “stiff competition from converged mobile devices” such as smartphones. IDC also found that palmOne continued to garner an impressive lead in PDAs at 59.5 percent, while both Hewlett-Packard and Dell lost 2.7 and 2.2 percent market share respectively.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Handheld Device Shipments and Market Share, 4Q 2004 (Preliminary) more
Rank Vendor 3Q 2004 Shipments 4Q 2004 Shipments 4Q 2004 Market Share
1 palmOne 736,481 1,174,371 42.0%
2 Hewlett-Packard 615,515 769,170 27.5%
3 Dell 188,200 196,572 7.0%
4 Medion 15,000 115,000 4.1%
5 Mio 54,172 87,407 3.1%
Other 426,425 454,347 16.2%
Total 2,035,793 2,796,867 100.0%

Source: IDC, February 2, 2005

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Handheld Device Shipments and Market Share, 2004 (Preliminary) more
Rank Vendor 2003 Shipments 2004 Shipments 2004 Market Share
1 palmOne 4,035,125 3,645,399 39.6%
2 Hewlett-Packard 2,286,052 2,492,539 27.1%
3 Dell 584,511 695,171 7.6%
4 Sony 1,402,044 418,832 4.6%
5 Medion 198,505 234,325 2.5%
Other 2,069,613 1,716,895 18.7%
Total 10,575,850 9,203,161 100.0%

Source: IDC, February 2, 2005

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