Shipments of PDAs have reached a total of 3.4 million units in the first quarter of this year, a 25 percent growth compared to the same period last year. Gartner says the sales growth was primarily the result of the growing popularity of wireless e-mail and handhelds with cellular capability, with users preferring larger displays and QWERTY keyboards that are operated with both hands.
Research in Motion's BlackBerry shipments grew 75.6 percent in the first quarter, as the company became the No. 1 ranked vendor in worldwide PDA shipments. palmOne PDA shipments declined 26.3 percent, and its market share fell to 18 percent, its lowest market share since it entered the market in 1996. Nokia's re-entry into the wireless PDA market with the 9300 and 9500 enabled it to move into the No. 4 position.
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The number one PDA operating system is now Microsoft Windows CE which holds 46 percent of the market. RIM, Palm OS, Symbian and Linux account for respectively 20.8, 20, 9.9 and 1.3 percent of the market.
The popularity of high-end wireless PDAs has also boosted the average unit price 15 percent, to a record $406. PDAs with integrated wireless local area network (LAN) or cellular capabilities accounted for approximately 55 percent of all PDAs shipped in the first quarter of 2005, according to Gartner.
The Western European PDA market grew 84.3 percent to 1.3 million units in the first quarter of 2005, while PDA shipments in the US also totaled 1.3 million units, a 5 percent increase. PDA shipments in Asia/Pacific declined 2.7 percent with approximately 352,000 unit shipments. In Japan, PDA shipments declined 21.3 percent with nearly 80,000 units shipped in the first quarter.