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Robert Levy
01-29-2004, 08:21 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-01-28-pda_x.htm' target='_blank'>http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-01-28-pda_x.htm</a><br /><br /></div>"As cell phones get smarter, selling PDAs gets tougher. For the first time, smart cell phones this year are expected to outsell PDAs, which took off with the first Palm Pilot in 1996. Nearly two smartphones will be sold for every PDA, researcher IDC says. <br /><br />A sign of the shift: Best Buy is reducing the number of PDAs sold in stores, its suppliers said last week. Demand is higher for other products, Best Buy says. Also last week, No. 1 PDA maker PalmOne said it is laying off 100 workers, or 12% of its staff. So far this year, PalmOne shares are down 14%."<br /><br />Read the full article from <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-01-28-pda_x.htm">USA Today</a>.

01-29-2004, 04:45 PM
:really mad: Again with the double talking - "smart" "phone" and smartphone... I really don;t find the other so-called "smart" "phone" devices as smart as the smartphone platform is - according to popular definition it seems that any phone that stores contacts, has the capabilty to surf the web and some calendar feature is smart. In that case, my motorola P280 is a smart phone :pukeface:

:roll: Back on topic - I do agree that selling PDA is going to be increasingly difficult in certain circles - but to compare that with the PalmOne OS folks - naw... I just think Palm had it's chance, blew it big time (I was once a plam fanatic - owning three devices) and still has no clue on how to catch up. Sony is the only real thing keeping the Palm OS a float (me thinks) in the PDA world so PalmOne laying off 100 is more due to their loss in the market rather than the overall decrease of PDA sales.