PDAs of our past, it's been real


Remember PDAs? Those nifty little handheld tablets that let you track appointments and set to-do lists? Yah, we do too, and they seem like an artifact from yesterrday. With the rise of the smartphone, the PDA has become redundant, all of the features you’d want in a PDA are included in the generic smartphone, as well as instant email and Web browsing.

The third quarter of this year saw less than one million PDAs sold globally. That’s a 40% decrease from the same quarter last year. And really, did anyone not see this coming? Now that people’s grandmas are getting Treos, we can expect the nail in the proverbial coffin any time.

Will the PDA market totally disappear? It’s doubtful, there are vertical markets that rely on the devices but have no need of many things smartphones do, the medical field is one example. But as far as a consumer product goes, I’m afraid combo devices like smartphones and iPod Touch are the future of handheld personal organization.

PDA sales down 40% [Pocket Lint]