Over the last year sales on PDA's have increasingly dropped. Palm pilots and those with blue tooth capabilities are still holding at a steady pace. According to the economic statistic poll taken in 2006 PDA sales had fallen by at least twenty percent. Even if incentives were included into the package.
Either people needed more memory, faster processing, or simply liked the idea of having a newer design and brand name. However, the sales of the newer types and brand models, were actually rising. Those that weren't actually considered PDA's but a higher upgrade of the version of PDA. Now, some companies are working on different ideas such as faster processing for the PDA, additional software for different types of material and programs. Additional games, and cases are being offered as an incentive to purchase the basic PDA's too.
Some researchers believe it's actually the economy. That people are trying to catch up, in order to afford things like a PDA. If this is the case indeed, this is possible. This would ultimately mean that in the near future sales for PDA's and equipment would sky rocket. This is what manufacturers are hoping is the situation. However, production of PDA's have slowed down, they haven't totally stopped obviously.
And, the research to improve them, has not stopped either. The improvements are believed to only entice consumers more than before when the PDA was being sold. Sometimes waiting is all that can be done, and this is in a way what manufacturers are doing at this point. Meanwhile, waiting for economy to catch up. The economy is in a bad position right now, and to a lot of people a PDA is considered a luxury more than an asset. Therefore the purchase is delayed.
Most people in offices and hospitals don't see the decline in sales of PDA's, due to the simple fact that at this point they are in use by these people. As well as major companies and department stores. College students are currently the highest buyers of PDA's. When surveyed and ranked among other buyers in different establishments.
Still some of the manufacturing companies of the PDA have started to bring their prices down. Not a lot, however there are some cheaper than they used to be. Or the stores will offer sales and discounts on PDA's. If you do get a PDA with less programming on it, or a decrease in memory, which in a lot of cases isn't easy, A PDA is sometimes cheaper too. However the decline is more in part my all the different styles that are coming out so quickly.
Competition in company sales can also cause a decline, because people just don't know which one is really the best, and they want to wait a while in hopes that some kind of consumer news on a certain PDA will come be released to the public. This being the case, companies will have more PDA's setting on the shelf of a store rather than sold, because consumers won't be able to choose.