There are several reviews of the X51v up now and I’ll list them here for your quick linking:
- My Geek.com review
- Aximsite review
- Mobile Tech Review’s review
- BargainPDA review
- Pocket PC Thoughts review
- pocketnow.com review
Please let me know if you read any other reviews that I should link to. As you can see, I am not including those lame reviews from the big publications that just list the specs and don’t actually give a real user experience with the devices.
There was even one guy who is a serious HP iPaq fanatic (probably because HP provides him with free devices to review and looks the other way when applying their review policy) who listed only the cons that he could find in the many reviews out there to say the X51 series fell short. This same guy said the lame $280 HP iPAQ 1700 was a “gem” and a decent starter device, yeah right! You could get a much better Dell X30 that price last year. I don’t think he even read the full reviews of the X51 series since the cons were primarily related to Windows Mobile 5.0 and not Dell issues. The poor battery life comment was hilarious since all testing showed it was much better than the X50v and Chris (Aximsite) and I had the same 50% increase in battery life with the max. brightness testing. The battery life is very good on the X51 series. How about a list of the positives? He asked a question about why Dell would place a data backup utility on the device. The Treo 650 and Tungsten T5 also use the ROM memory format that Windows Mobile 5.0 just started using and I can tell you from personal experience that you need a backup utility because there are times you may want to hard reset your device (testing applications, corrupt file, etc.) and if you hard reset your device you will lose everything stored in the ROM. The non-volatile ROM is great when your battery dies, but that is a different situation than a hard reset and thus backups are still important.
I am quite a mobile device fan, but I also try to be fair when it comes to devices and operating systems. There are those out there who are biased towards one manufacturer or platform, but it all comes down to a personal choice so make sure you read these enthusiast sites with care and get several opinions before making your choices.