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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)

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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)

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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