Regardless of what mainstream media tries to do to kill the PDA market, sales just won’t stop. The market is far from dead, in fact it’s thriving with the inclusion of new features like Wireless Data and GPS technologies. In Taiwan, where most PDAs are produced, shipments were up nearly 65% in the first quarter this year, when compared to the same quarter in 2004.
It seems many experts equate slower PDA model turnover to a dying market. Obviously this isn’t the case. Maybe the departure of Sony made the PDA market a little less sexy, but with new technologies being integrated and the desire for mobile computing continuing to rise, the market just might have some legs left after all.
DigiTimes has more:
Acer managed to push its PDA sales to 100,000 units in the first quarter of this year, which was about the same quantity the company sold in the full-year 2004, according to MIC data. Acer currently offers three PDAs — the n30, n35 and n50, with all of them being manufactured by Lite-On Technology.
Sales of the Mio-brand PDAs of Mio Technology, a MiTAC International subsidiary, are also increasing, said the MIC, without providing the company’s PDA sales data for the first quarter. However, the MIC data showed that Mio’s PDA shipments rose 61.1% sequentially to 87,000 units in the fourth quarter of last year, positioning itself as the world fifth largest PDA vendor.
Asustek Computer, which just started marketing its smartphones, also plans to join the GPS-enabled PDA market in the fourth quarter of this year, according to market sources.