Live pictures. Sure the model generated unprecedented public excitement due to its dumping price. As there was no timely reaction Dell managed good sales by the end of Despite the fact that the Axim X5 features a heavy size, large dimensions and lacks wireless adapters it became a mass model. In many respects we should be grateful to Dell for a dramatic price fall for Pocket PC.
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Live pictures. Sure the model generated unprecedented public excitement due to its dumping price. As there was no timely reaction Dell managed good sales by the end of Despite the fact that the Axim X5 features a heavy size, large dimensions and lacks wireless adapters it became a mass model.
In many respects we should be grateful to Dell for a dramatic price fall for Pocket PC. By the summer main PDA makers updated their product lines. Dell waited for an opportunity to issue Dell Axim X3 9 in three modifications. Having sent prices for low-end handhelds down the company aimed at wireless models.
Earlier integrated Wi-Fi adapters featured only expensive hi-end models. Dell came to change stereotypes turning wireless PDAs into low-end models. At a glance you may notice differences compared with the predecessor — a smaller size, strict design the Axim X5 has large dimensions and a barrel-like design.
The shell feels firm and safe. The front and the back sides make an illusion of a metallic surface differences are invisible for the naked eye , feel good to touch. Side panels are made of a high quality plastic. Strict lines prevail and do not turn smooth. The HP model looks smaller due to its smooth lines.
As a matter of fact design is an individual choice: some prefer Dell, others like HP iPaq. The only fact that disappoints relates to the external antenna for example, the iPaq has an integrated antenna.
The 5-way directional pad and application buttons deserve high marks. Firstly, to the right from the joystick there are three buttons not two as usual. The first button from the right turns on the Wi-Fi adapter. Well, these three buttons four with the joystick provide most comfort gaming, including Genesis emulator. Secondly, the joystick proved to function correctly and without delays. The left side offers a standard stereo headphones jack and a jog wheel.
Above the screen there is the Power Button, aside from its obvious use it indicates the charging state and missed alarms. A negative and boring factor here is that the button constantly glows amber when the battery is almost discharged. The screen is quite traditional.
A bright TFT matrix displays colors and has a 3. The standard kit for both model modifications includes the cradle, which is big enough and is equipped with a separate slot that can recharge either of the swappable batteries. The cradle fixes the handheld firm. The shell sports a semitransparent reflective material. The handheld is equipped with a mAh swappable battery. During the tests the device was good for about 9 hours 50 minutes in the mp3 mode on a charge files read from the memory card, the screen off, automatic processor frequency rate.
At the maximum load the X3i lasted for 2 hours 18 minutes maximum backlight, MHz, video mode. Unfortunately, like a lot of wireless-enabled handhelds the X3i in the Wi-Fi mode ran just ah hour the desktop computer played video and audio files. We used buffering and changed settings, but nothing improved the situation when we tested the Wi-Fi mode. The integrated nonvolatile memory amounts to 35 MB and is used to back up files and run small applications.
Read about their differences in the Toshiba E review. We used the SPB Benchmark package to test the productivity. Although the Dell model is listed last, but it has the gap of few percents with the leader. The Axim X3 stays in the middle, just slightly lagging behind its rivals. The platform index describes total Pocket PC platform speed including the built-in applications.
The results agree with that of the previous test, as the platform speed depends on the file system speed. Here Dell is almost leading among other wireless handhelds and all Pocket PC. As usual we tested graphics with PocketQuake game in the mute mode turn the sound off by nosound 1 console command leaving other settings on.
We launched several test clips at different intensity kbps — kilobit per second, DivX 5. Sound got encoded in the mp3 format with kbps bitrate.
We applied the criteria of dropped frames while playing, the less the better and tested a fragment from the motion picture Cats and Dogs the fight scene. See the results:. As you see Dell featuring functional joystick and buttons together with high productivity is a good choice for those looking for a digital assistant with a game console.
Some words about it. Besides the integrated into the operating system Wi-Fi manager there is an extra utility, which controls Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi proved good at work with the access point and the notebook ActiveSync, files transfer. Read previous passages to learn about the off-line work in the Wi-Fi mode. During the data transfer the transparent antenna glows in the tact of the data stream, it looks nice. By the way take a look at the antenna.
You would notice the Bluetooth mark, though the handheld lacks one. The story runs as follows. Initially the company planned to release the handheld equipped with two wireless adapters.
However tests carried out in the US showed that consumers prefer Wi-Fi rather than Bluetooth there is no secret that Dell has chosen the American market as the priority. After the release of three modifications Dell's chiefs reassured the European community claiming a Bluetooth version to appear soon. Well, the logo placed on the antenna wasn't an occasional fact. Follow the link to learn more about standard applications.
Extra programs installed include:. It's an alternative for the Today screen. The application migrated from the first Axim where it was useless due to its poor functionality. Axim Self Diagnostic. We recommend to run this program at the first launch, it tests buttons and calibrates the screen. Data Backup. It enables a reserve data copying with just necessary settings. There is no work schedule or custom copying. Another non-standard application, which may be of interest, switches over the processor frequency rate.
The process runs automatic omitting the reset. The model comes in three modifications: the junior model lacks the cradle in the standard kit, works on the Intel XScale MHz processor and has no Wi-Fi adapter. None of them stands out for its definite advantage; when you choose the model to buy you will pay attention to design, availability on the market and the brand.
Next modification differs in the processor running MHz. However the difference in MHz is hardly noticeable. The producer evidently thought of a marketing move when released such modification. The senior modification supplied with Wi-Fi is of a definite interest.
Well, other PDA makers would lower prices soon for the current models or release new cheaper ones. When the present review was about to be released there appeared info on the fourth modification of Dell Axim X3, that comes with both wireless adapters Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
However we believe Dell could have released the modification with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from the very start without the delay of several months. For example, Bluetooth enjoys much greater popularity than Wi-Fi in Europe. Time will show if this very market would experience price falls.
Anton Kotov anton. Have something to add?! Write us With grams of weight the device is easy to wear, you feel it when placed in the pocket. Off-line work The handheld is equipped with a mAh swappable battery. The synchronization speed is high, and the leader wins a little. The Dell model performed excellent allowing a slight delay. See the results: As you see Dell featuring functional joystick and buttons together with high productivity is a good choice for those looking for a digital assistant with a game console.
You may access Wi-Fi manager from the Today screen right bottom. Extra programs installed include: Home. Switcher Bar. A useful utility to switch between applications launched.
Conclusions The model comes in three modifications: the junior model lacks the cradle in the standard kit, works on the Intel XScale MHz processor and has no Wi-Fi adapter.
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