According to market researcher ARS Dell might be ready to jump into the Pocket PC market. Apparently, Dell is looking into having a manufacturer in Taiwan produce Pocket PC devices that would include Dell branding. Many companies that Dell already competes with, such as HP, Sony and Toshiba all have PDAs on the market that are quite successful, therefore it would not be out of line or a huge surprise to see Dell enter this arena.
In the past Dell has always show interest into jumping into the PdA arena. Back in 2000 Dell published a whitepaper analyzing all of the different operating systems and hardware available on the market: http://www.dell.com/us/en/biz/topics/vectors_2000-handhelds.htm. This shows that they have always had an eye in the direction of producing a Dell PDA.
The question is, does it make sense for Dell to do this? On the one hand many competitors of Dell are producing their own PDAs, but on the other hand selling a Dell branded PDA does not fit in with our expectation of being able to customize a computer product on Dell’s site. Although, wouldn’t it be cool to configure your own PDA online with the memory slot you desire, wireless choice and screen type of your liking? Now that would be a market with demand, unfortunately the PDA manufacturing process just doesn’t lend itself to the customizable way computers are built.
In my opinion, if Dell releases a Pocket PC it will most likely not be for a few months and would be well behind in an fairly well established market. Unless they innovate with customizable PDAs!