October 29, 2004

Smartphones Continue Gain in Market Share

eWeek's "Research: Digital Assistants Continue to Lose Ground, Smart Phones Gain" provides another take on the growth of smartphones concurrent with standalone PDAs' decline. While there's still some need for a basic PDA to prove PIM features (contacts, calendar, etc.), more and more wireless devices are picking up the slack. As I see it, the largest challenge is to integrate, or synchronize, the data between your PC's PIM (Outlook, Notes, GroupWise, etc.) and your wireless device.

If you can do it wirelessly, and with good coverage areas, more power to you. We could all use a little more simplicity at the user level. Naturally, to get that, you typically have to take on a bit more complexity on the backend, at the server and service provider levels. If done right, one hopefully ends up with a more seamless, robust end-to-end system.

Topic(s):   Mobile Tech & Gadgets
Posted by Jeff Beard