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Tech Buzz 2/03

PDA prices are dropping.

The advent of relatively cheap PocketPCs could put a squeeze on Palm OS. Component prices have come down, and more companies are duking it out in the marketplace. ViewSonic's V35 clocks in at $299 (all prices street), while Dell will apply its successful distribution strategy to this market with a $199 version. This is good for entrepreneurs who are fond of Microsoft's system but not of the $500-plus price tags of most PocketPCs.

The features and specs on new PDAs won't knock your socks off, but they will turn in a workman-like performance. The V35, for example, comes with a 300MHz processor, 32MB of memory and a Secure Digital slot for expansion. Expect PocketPCs to gain market share, but not relegate Palm to an Apple-like status anytime soon.

Entrepreneurs who have been holding off on equipping employees or upgrading PDAs may find these new price points provide the right incentive.


53%
of those who call their PC-maker's tech support line get the problem resolved during the first call.
SOURCE: PC World Magazine

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This article was originally published in the February 2003 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Tech Buzz 2/03.

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