A recent IDC research report indicates that the market for handheld devices continues to drop dramatically, with shipments in the first quarter of 2006 down more than 22 percent compared with the same quarter in 2005.
According to the report, new features such as global positioning systems, Bluetooth connectivity and Wi-Fi network support haven’t been sufficient draws to keep people from drifting to cell phones with similar features.
Of the top three handheld vendors, Dell saw the greatest decline, with sales dropping nearly 34 percent compared with the first quarter of 2005. Hewlett-Packard suffered a 30.3 percent drop, while Palm was dealt a 23.3 percent decline.
More information about the report is available at IDC’s website.
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— Christopher Lindquist