It's no secret that before leaving home the average Crave reader has to check they're carrying their iPod, portable games console, mobile phone, handheld organiser, wallet, keys and pepper spray, or risk going through the day feeling all naked and vulnerable.
The latest space-sapping device to cross our paths (and ensure that by the year 2010 we're all wearing multi-pocketed combat trousers and Batman-style utility belts) is the Dell Axim X51v-642 PDA. Dell is talking it up as the 'ultimate handheld', citing its high performance, strong connectivity and 94mm (3.7-inch) 640x480-pixel VGA display as the main attractions.
We found it difficult to get excited about this rather chunky device, considering it looks identical to its predecessor the X50, and uses the now standard Windows Mobile 5 operating system. However it should prove popular among handheld fanatics thanks to its 624MHz Intel XScale PXA70 CPU, 64MB of SDRAM and 16MB of video memory.
It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an interchangeable battery, and it supports a range of memory cards, including CompactFlash II, SD, MMC, and SDIO Now.
If you're experiencing a gadget craving and have any spare pockets, the X51v will set you back £325. Watch out for a full review shortly. -RR