Worldwide PDA Shipments Reach Record 17.7 million in 2006: Gartner

Mobile data access, particularly wireless e-mail, drove the worldwide PDA market to record shipments of 17.7 million units in 2006, an 18.4%increase from 2005, according to Gartner.

60% of all PDAs shipped in 2006 offered cellular connectivity, up from 47% in 2005, says Gartner, while 48% of all PDAs shipped in 2006 were purchased by enterprises, about the same percentage as one year ago.

  • Research In Motion (RIM) PDA growth slowed to 10% to 3,510,927 units out of a total of about 6.2 million BlackBerry devices shipped in 2006 

  • Palm’s PDA shipments declined 29% in 2006 as the company continued to focus on the smartphone market with its Treo product. 
  • HP shipped 2.3 million PDAs in 2006, accounting for 9.7 percent of all PDAs. 
  • Sharp ranked fifth in 2006 with 1,438,218 million PDAs shipped. Approximately 1.1 million of these were the Sidekick, primarily marketed by T-Mobile. 

Worldwide PDA Vendor Shipment Estimates, 2006 (Units): Gartner

Company

2006 Shipments

2006 Market Share (%)

2005- 2006 Growth (%)

Research In Motion

3,510,927

19.8

10.0

Palm

1,970,031

11.1

-29.0

HP

1,721,531

9.7

-24.1

Mio Technology

1,515,496

8.5

112.1

Sharp

1,428,318

8.0

166.2

Others

7,596,989

42.8

38.2

Total

17,743,292

100.0

18.4

Microsoft Windows Mobile devices tend be more enterprise-oriented than devices based on other platforms (with the exception of the RIM BlackBerry). However, in the more consumer-oriented fourth quarter, 

  • Microsoft Windows Mobile achieved its highest sales ever with PDA OS shipments exceeding 3.5 million compared with 2.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2005. 

  • This strong quarter helped Windows Mobile to solidify its stronghold on the market with 56.1% market share for the full year. 

  • In 2006, shipments of Windows Mobile PDAs grew 38.8 percent to just under 10 million.

Worldwide: PDA Vendor Shipment Estimates by Operating System, 2006 (Units) - Gartner

Company

2006 Shipments

2006 Market Share (%)

2005- 2006 Growth (%)

Windows CE

9,954,082

56.1

38.8

Research In Motion

3,510,927

19.8

10.0

Palm OS

2,074,765

11.7

-29.9

Symbian

950,100

5.4

-5.9

Linux

152,680

0.9

35.4

Others

1,100,738

6.2

106.7

Total

17,743,292

100.0

18.4

Gartner Dataquest defines a PDA as a data-centric handheld computer weighing less than 1 pound that is primarily designed for use with both hands. They offer instant-on/off capability and synchronization of files with a PC. A PDA may offer WAN support for voice, but these are data-first, voice-second devices. Examples include the RIM BlackBerry 8707v, HP iPAQ 69xx, Nokia E61, Motorola Q, T-Mobile Dash and Sidekick 3.

Smartphones offer all the attributes of a PDA, except that smartphones are voice-centric with data access as a secondary capability, and are designed for primarily one-handed operation. Examples include the Palm Treo 750v, RIM BlackBerry Pearl, Orange SPV C700, Nokia E60 and Sony Ericsson P990i.

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