X51v reviews all over the place concluding that Dell launched another winner

There are several reviews of the X51v up now and I’ll list them here for your quick linking:

  1. My Geek.com review
  2. Aximsite review
  3. Mobile Tech Review’s review
  4. BargainPDA review
  5. Pocket PC Thoughts review
  6. 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.

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  1. #1 by Mike on September 21, 2005 - 19:14

    Sounds like a sweet device.

  2. #2 by Anonymous on September 22, 2005 - 06:56

    Without divulging an inordinate amount of personal information about yourself, I am quite curious as to ascertain the type of e-mail service that you use on PDAs.

    For instance, for personal correspondence purposes, I saw your references to MSN-supported applications such as Hotmail while reviewing your Dell Axim product review. Presumably, you’re an MSN Hotmail user for the purpose of composing personal correspondence.

    Obviously, you use a Geek.Com e-mail address for professional correspondence purposes.

  3. #3 by palmsolo on September 22, 2005 - 07:04

    Actually, I use Gmail now for almost all my email and never use my Hotmail account. I think Yahoo and Gmail are much better free services than Hotmail.

  4. #4 by Anonymous on September 22, 2005 - 10:50

    I had ceased my usage of MSN Hotmail a few years ago, too, particularly in light of the increasingly slow rate of accessing pages within the Hotmail apparatus.

    Regarding Google Gmail, what is your impression of the search engine’s “privacy policy” and scanning of e-mail “conversations?”

    Personally, I think that Yahoo! Mail is the preferred mode of free Web-based e-mail service. I am neither employed by Yahoo! nor a Yahoo! stockholder. 😉

  5. #5 by palmsolo on September 22, 2005 - 11:05

    I like Yahoo too, but like the free POP support of Gmail better. The single reason I LOVE Gmail is the conversation threading layout. At first, I didn’t like it but after using it more it really is awesome.

    I don’t really consider I have much privacy with email or other online communications and their targeted ad policy doesn’t really bother me at this time. I suppose I am one of those that just assumes the only thing secure, hopefully, is my credit card info and the rest is pretty public. Dangerous? Probably so, but that is the price I pay for being “connected” I guess.

  6. #6 by Anonymous on September 22, 2005 - 13:08

    You seem to have a carefree, refreshing outlook on life. Perhaps the fresh air of your environmental residence in the Pacific Northwest helps keep you optimistic.

    Presumably, the image of the gentleman squatting next to a Washington license plate with the words of “PDAGEEK” emblazoned across the license plate entails that you are a resident of Washington state.

    Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed reviewing your weblog and always patronize your weblog before formulating any procurement decision.

    Keep up the excellent work.

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