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Old 05-04-2005, 08:05 PM   #1
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PDA sales up? down? whatever

Believe it or not, but PDA sales are breaking records. At least if you follow Gartner's latest research report:

Worldwide personal digital assistant (PDA) shipments totaled 3.4 million units in the first quarter of 2005, a 25 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Gartner, Inc. This was the strongest first quarter the industry has experienced.

Of course I'd be more than happy to believe the story. Didn't we all talk about the imminent death of the PDA the other day? Now look at that. A 25% growth to a total of 3,419,112 PDAs shipped in 1Q05.

Look closer. And here is why this report is not worth a plugged nickel:

Notes: Totals do not include smartphones, such as the Treo 650 and BlackBerry 7100, but include wireless PDAs, such as the iPAQ 6315 and Nokia 9300.

Since when is Nokia a PDA vendor? If I remember correctly, Nokia has never referred to any of its products as a PDA. Smartphone! Nokia talks about smartphones. And adding the Nokia 9300 to the lists and leaving out the Treo 650? How absurd.

The cat is out, now tell me who is sponsoring Gartner's statistics?
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Old 05-04-2005, 09:50 PM   #2
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The cat is out, now tell me who is sponsoring Gartner's statistics?
Well observed, Alex. I'd say it's definitely not palmOne
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Old 05-05-2005, 07:30 AM   #3
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Everywhere I read headlines saying "RIM's Blackberry Topples PalmOne In Handheld Market" ... heck, if Gartner decides that the Blackberry is a PDA and the Treo is not, I am not surprised.

Why is nobody else questioning the numbers?
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:07 AM   #4
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I Agree, Gartner's PDA Statistics are Skewed

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Everywhere I read headlines saying "RIM's Blackberry Topples PalmOne In Handheld Market" ... heck, if Gartner decides that the Blackberry is a PDA and the Treo is not, I am not surprised.

Why is nobody else questioning the numbers?
Primarily because most sites simply post whatever "news" comes through the news wire. Unfortunately, statistics can be manipulated to indicate just about any conclusion you want. Most research firms try to at least be somewhat reasonable with their statistics because they don't want to lose credibility as a "reliable source". However, when it comes to PDA's, Gartner is either completely inept or purposely trying to skew reality for some sort of gain. I wrote an article at PalmZone.net that comes to the same conclusion that the numbers are worthless. In fact, there is another issue with the statistics as well related to fact that this is reporting shipments and not sales. See our article "Stupid Gartner Tricks - Palm OS Marketshare Drops".
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Old 05-05-2005, 02:02 PM   #5
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And InfoWorld is hyping this as RIM taking over the PDA world...
http://weblog.infoworld.com/techwatc...es/001350.html
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