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PDA Sales Decline Continues

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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

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