Worldwide PDA shipments totaled 3.45 million units in the third quarter of 2005, a 20.7 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Gartner, Inc. The market is on pace to reach 15 million units shipped in 2005, surpassing the record 13.2 million units shipped in 2001.
“The rapid spread of wireless e-mail and use of GPS-enabled PDAs, which offer most of the functionality of dedicated car navigation systems at a fraction of the cost, is propelling the PDA market to record growth,” said Todd Kort, principal analyst in Gartner’s Computing Platforms Worldwide group. “This growth is most noticeable in Europe. In fact, Europe is catching up with North America in terms of usage of PDAs in vertical markets and cellular PDAs.”
Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry shipments grew 52.6 percent in the third quarter, as the company extended its lead as the No. 1 vendor in worldwide PDA shipments (see Table 1). RIM accounted for about half of the worldwide growth from one year ago. However, Blackberry PDA shipments were up less than 3 percent sequentially, as RIM’s product mix is shifting a bit more toward its smartphones, which now account for an estimated 18 percent of RIM shipments.
HP’s iPAQ shipments declined 20.2 percent in the third quarter. PalmOne’s PDA shipments declined 36 percent, resulting in a drop to the No. 3 position. The Sidekick II and Pocket PC Phone Edition devices pushed T-Mobile into fourth place, with 305.5 percent growth.
Worldwide: Preliminary PDA Vendor Shipment Estimates, 3Q05 (Units)
3Q05 3Q05 Market 3Q04 3Q04 Market 3Q04-3Q05
Company Shipments Share(%) Shipments Share(%) Growth(%)
Motion 862,000 25.0 565,000 19.8 52.6
HP 548,338 16.0 692,113 24.2 -20.2
Palm 478,575 13.9 748,950 26.2 -36.1
T-Mobile 206,800 6.0 51,000 1.8 305.5
Nokia 200,000 5.8 – 0.0 NA
Others 1,149,633 33.3 801,744 28.0 43.4
Total 3,449,346 100.0 2,858,807 100.0 20.7
Notes: Totals do not include smartphones, such as the Treo 650 and
BlackBerry 7100, but include wireless PDAs, such as the iPAQ 65xx and
Nokia 9300. Columns may not add to totals shown because of rounding.
NA = Not applicable
Source: Gartner Dataquest (October 2005)