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Rothman Research

March 11, 2010 09:38 ET

Smartphones vs. Personal Computers: The Battle Is on

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2010) -

Recent updates on the smartphone sales charts estimate that 491.9 million units will be sold by 2012, compared to 2008 sales of 139.3 million. The Personal Computer market is expected to expand to about 443.1 million units from 290.8 million in the same time frame. "Cell phones have evolved tremendously over the past decade, more precisely since 2007. They no longer serve the sole purpose of basic communication... they have evolved to smartphone... and they have a plan," comments Mathew Collier of "This is putting unprecedented pressure on the Personal Computer industry to maintain control over internet accessibility and build new markets."

Rothman Research studies two Technology Sector companies, Palm Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) and Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL), to understand how they are impacted by the smartphone market penetration threat.

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Smartphone (handheld computer) sales have spiked since it came out in the market in 2007. Today, more and more companies are penetrating the mobile phone industry with different models and each provide more options for end-users to choose from in a growingly fast-paced and technology-avid society. Learn more about smartphone market penetration strategies by signing up on

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Palm, Inc. provides mobile products for individual users and business customers internationally. The company offers integrated technologies that enable people to stay connected, share the information, and manage their daily lives while on the go. Its products include smartphones which provide a range of tools and other applications for the consumer and business markets.

Dell Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, sale, and support of computer systems and services worldwide. It offers desktop PCs and workstations, notebook computers, and many more. Further, the company provides a range of financial services related to the purchase of Dell products; and financing alternatives, asset management services, and other customer financial services for business and consumer customers. The company sells its products and services directly to customers.

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