Dell has updated its flagship Pocket PC — the Axim X50v — with the latest version of Windows Mobile and more memory.
The result is the Axim X51v, an outstanding device that offers just about everything a handheld user could want, like a VGA screen, WiFi and Bluetooth, and two types of memory card slots. All of this comes in a small, attractive package.
Because Dell is using almost the same hardware as an earlier model, the most significant new features in the X51v come from Windows Mobile 5.0.
It also supports Persistent Storage, so files and applications aren’t erased when the X51v’s battery runs out.
However, there are a few things I’m not fond of, like the two soft buttons that have been added to the bottom of every screen. These are supposed to make it easier for you to use the device one-handed, but mostly what they do is take up valuable space of the screen.
In order to use them properly, you have to assign two of your hardware buttons to them, and that’s not something that’s very practical with this handheld.
All the changes in the X51v aren’t software related, though. Dell significantly bumped up the amount of Flash ROM. It now has 195 MB of Storage available to you.
I love having this much room to store files and applications. If I didn’t like to listen to podcasts, I could get away without having an SD card at all.
What’s Not New
Aside from the change I just mentioned, the hardware part of this Pocket PC is virtually identical to the Axim X50v.
This means it has a 3.7-inch 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) screen, and a 624 MHz processor.
Like its predecessor, it has both WiFi and Bluetooth. It also includes on slot for SD/MMC cards, and another for CompactFlash cards.
It is 4.7 inches tall, 2.9 inches wide, and .7 inches thick (119 mm by 73 mm by 17 mm). It weighs 6.2 oz. (175 grams).
The Axim X51v sells for $500 and is available now.
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