News: The Death Of The PDA
Interesting article by Reuters' Franklin Paul on the death of the PDA
(no link available, I'm afraid). "The truth is, the PDA as it was first envisioned - as nothing more than a fancy digital pocket organizer - may be nearly extinct," he writes. Three years ago, consumers rushed to buy PDAs, but "today, its the mailroom guys and soccer moms who are toting handhelds, and the slick executives carry new wireless devices that look more like cell phones, or thin notebook computers able to link to high-speed web access at various business sites."
Paul cites IDC figures predicting that traditional PDA shipments will decline slightly this year from 12.3 million in 2002, and see minimal growth at best in 2004, while smartphones will top 13 million this year and find annual growth of over 86 percent by 2007.