Originally Posted by Morpheus
While the market for smartphones, or "voice-centric devices", increased by a breathtaking 101%, the market for handhelds (including wireless-enabled devices), so-called "data-centric devices", rose just by 5% for the year.
Could that possibly have anything to do with the fact that there are SIGNIFICANLY more phone vendors than PDA vendors? There's a LOT of handsets out there, versus the number of active PDA models and types in the same market space.
Also, let's not forget that Sony and Handspring are gone (well, Handspring merged back into palmOne, but their market for handset growth hasn't increased). Sony used to put out 5 new models per-year, so that's going to cause a significant drop, even if NO new "smartphone" units were sold at all
As with most studies like this, they take a very narrowly-scoped view of the overall situation, and neglect to include a lot of the obvious weighting factors.