The ZDNet IT Facts blog is a great source for interesting data and I find articles there related to mobile technology almost on a daily basis. The one that caught my eye yesterday stated that 63 million converged devices were expected to ship by year end 2010. This is in comparison to 7.3 million in 2005. The IDC statistics also showed that RIM is still the leader in the enterprise, but that Microsoft and Nokia are making strides in this market. I just received a RIM BlackBerry Pearl to test for a short time and it is the first BlackBerry device I have tried. After playing with it for a couple hours, I have to say I don't quite understand why someone would choose a BlackBerry over a powerful Windows Mobile or Symbian S60 device. One thing to keep in mind when checking out stats like these is to understand exactly what the data collector is considering a converged device. With these large numbers projected for the near future, it looks like the mobile market is a good choice for technology fans.
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