2006 smartphone market review

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by clevin, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    This topic is misleading. That article is mainly about PDAs, and NOT smartphones. The world wide shipment of *smartphones* for 2006 exceeded 17 million. If you read the small print it says it is excluding a boat load of ( smartphone ) devices but only accounts for more PDA type devices.

    So, the topic title of this thread should be "2006 PDA market review" - what what reflects the article title.

    small print:
    "Note: Excludes smartphones, such as Treo 750 and BlackBerry 81xx, but includes cellular PDAs such as BlackBerry 87xx.
    Source: Gartner Dataquest (January 2007)

    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. These devices use an open-market OS supported by third-party applications that can be added into the device by end users. 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."


    For a real picture of smartphone 2006 market, take a look at :

    "Worldwide shipments of PDAs and smartphones combined totaled 42.1 million units in the first half of 2006, a 57 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Gartner, Inc. Smartphone shipments bolstered the market growing 75.5 percent to reach 34.7 million units, more than four times the size of the PDA market. PDA shipments increased by 5.7 percent totaling 7.4 million units."


    LOL - even linux based smartphone shipments exceed Palm and microsoft - ROTFL.

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