A Good Year, At Least Half Year, for Symbian
By Eric Lin, Thu Aug 21 23:30:00 GMT 2003

Sales from Symbian Smartphones out paced those of Palm OS PDAs (or any other mobile operating system) in the first Half of 2003.

Symbian released their financial data for H1 2003, but it's not the money that's interesting. In the first half of this year, 2.68 Million handsets running a Symbian OS have been sold worldwide. The sales are primarily from the Nokia 7650, 3650 and Sony Ericsson P800. Normally, 2.68 Million units is not considered a wild success for half a year of mobile phone sales. However when compared to smartphones running other OSes, this number looks quite impressive. According to data from Edge Consult, Microsoft is predicted to sell 1.6 Million smartphones for the year 2003. Handspring has sold less than 100,000 Treos in H1, but data was not available for the entire line of Palm OS smartphones.

When compared to PDA sales, 2.68 Million is still quite an impressive number. According to data from Gartner 2.67 million Palm OS PDAs (from all licensees) were sold in H1, while just under 2 million Pocket PCs sold in the same Half. Coming toe to toe with Palm OS in such a short time frame is an impressive feat for any mobile operating system. Palm (now PalmOne) has recently purchased Handspring to strengthen their smartphone offerings. Microsoft licensees have hinted about their shift to cellular devices. All three operating systems are poised for higher smartphone sales, but will Microsoft and PalmSource catch Symbian?