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PDA market leaders in Q3 2004: PalmOne, HP, Research In Motion, Dell

PalmOne, HP, Research In Motion and Dell led the worldwide PDA market in Q3 2004. Worldwide personal digital assistant (PDA) shipments exceeded 2.

PalmOne, HP, Research In Motion and Dell led the worldwide PDA market in Q3 2004. Worldwide personal digital assistant (PDA) shipments exceeded 2.8 mln units, as Microsoft Windows CE operating system licensees surpassed the Palm OS for the first time in Q3 2004, according to Gartner. The Microsoft Windows CE operating system accounted for 48.1% of worldwide PDA shipments in Q3 2004. Palm OS units represented 29.8% of the market, down from 46.9% market share in the same period last year.

Preliminary Worldwide PDA Vendor Shipment Estimates for Q3 2004 (Units)

Q3 2004                  Q3 2003
Q3 2004    Market        Q3 2003    Market   Growth
Company             Shipments   Share(%)  Shipments    Share(%)   (%)
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PalmOne               748,950     26.2      863,993     34.3    -13.3
Hewlett-Packard       692,113     24.2      578,500     23.0     19.6
Research In Motion    565,000     19.8      123,775      4.9    356.5
Dell                  185,300      6.5      134,813      5.4     37.4
Symbol Technologies    63,521      2.2       72,690      2.9    -12.6
Others                603,923     21.1      743,375     29.5    -18.8
Total               2,858,807    100.0    2,517,146    100.0     13.6
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Note: Totals do not include smartphones such as the Treo 600 or BlackBerry 7100 but include wireless PDAs such as the iPAQ 6315.

Source: Gartner Dataquest (November 2004)

PalmOne continued to lead the worldwide market in PDA hardware shipments, but its shipments declined 13.3% in Q3 2004. PalmOne's market share totaled 26.2%, but Hewlett-Packard and Research In Motion showed substantial increases in shipments in Q3 2003.