Non-Smartphone Handhelds Are a Dying Breed

Matthew Miller points to an IDC study which shows that handheld shipments - like the traditional Palm Pilot or Windows Mobile Not-a-smartphone-of-any-sort - have dropped just over 40% year over year. This while the smartphone market is red-hot and well on its way to getting white-hot. Dell already dropped their Axim line and Microsoft has named their non-smartphone WM6 edition "Classic." "Classic" as in "Really? Why are you bothering?"

Say goodnight, handhelds. "Goodnight handhelds."

According to IDC's Worldwide Handheld QView, vendors shipped just over 900,000 handheld devices in the first quarter of 2007, 36.3% less than the previous quarter and 40.6% less than the same quarter a year ago.

Read: IDC - Press Release

WC Staff