Software House today announced the results of
the third "Spb Pocket PC
Survey", a global survey for Pocket PC users and Spb as well as I would like
to thank all the survey participants. The results of this survey will help all
of us to understand Pocket PC users and their needs better.
The end of the year is a good time to look at what are the main changes that
happened in the Pocket PC world in 2006 comparing to 2005 and 2004 years. The
results of the survey show some very expected and some not so expected changes
in the way people use Pocket PC devices:
Here are some expected changes in accessories that people use for their Pocket
- Fewer people buy additional WiFi cards (23% in 2004 vs. only 15% in
2006). This is an expected change because more and more new Pocket PC
devices have built-in WiFi capability.
- The average storage card size people buy has increased more than 3 times
during the last 2 years (341M in 2004 vs. 1.2G in 2006).
- MiniSD and MicroSD formats become more popular while CF cards share is
- Number of people who buy Bluetooth speakerphones has more than doubled
during the last 2 years. This result is related to the fact that more and
more people use their Pocket PC as a phone.
- Although now more new devices have built-in GPS, the number of people
who buy GPS accessories is still increasing (30% in 2004 vs. 39% in 2006).
Some changes in the results are related to the new Pocket PC platform:
Windows Mobile 5. Thus almost two times fewer people synchronize over WiFi than
a year ago (18% in 2005 vs. 10% in 2006). It is a very expected result because
this feature was removed from the latest version of Microsoft ActiveSync.
Another change related to Windows Mobile 5 and persistent storage technology
we expected to see was the decreasing number of people who backup their data.
But quite interesting is that despite of the persistent storage that now all
Windows Mobile 5 devices provide, people did not stop to backup their devices
(80% in 2004 vs. 79% in 2006). And since more OEMS do not include backup
programs in their devices, the number of people who use the 3rd-party backup
programs has increased from 13% in 2004 to 28% in 2006.
Definitely the year 2006 was a year of the phone edition devices and mobile
- The number of people who use their Pocket PC as a phone has increased
from 14% in 2004 and 35% in 2005, to 56% in 2006.
- Although most people still use their Pocket PCs as an organizer (85% in
2004 vs. 84% in 2006) the second and the third frequently reported usages
have been changed from games and music in 2004 to web (73%) and emails (63%)
Pocket PC devices become more and more popular and mainstream and therefore
we can expect that the year of 2007 should bring us even more interesting
Cheers ~ Arne