The Good Large VGA screen; great graphics; included gaming bundle; Windows Media Player 10.0 Mobile; fast processor and ample memory; integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; sleek design; user-replaceable battery.
The Bad Heavy; small navigation toggle; lackluster software bundle; so-so battery life and video performance.
The Bottom Line The Dell Axim X50v is filled to the brim with PIM and entertainment features; unfortunately, it suffers from subpar performance.
Dell Axim X50
Today, PDAs are no longer one-trick ponies. They can organize data, connect to the Web, play music and videos, and more. And now, Dell has unleashed its newest talent: the Axim X50v. Like , the X50v aims to blend digital entertainment with productivity for a PDA that does it all. This star's massive features list includes a VGA screen, a dedicated graphics engine, wireless connectivity, and Windows Media Player 10.0 Mobile. And similar to the Palm-OS based gaming handheld, the Tapwave Zodiac2, the X50v comes with a games bundle to satisfy the player in you. As the flagship model of the X50 series, the X50v costs $499, but if you don't need all the bells and whistles, check out the or the entry-level X50. With the Axim X50v, Dell introduces a kinder and gentler design to its PDAs. We weren't big fans of the squarish edges, which gave it a drab and utilitarian look, so we welcome the X50's smoother, rounded edges and attractive silver and black casing. At 0.6 by 4.7 by 2.9 inches and 6.2 ounces, the X50v is slightly bigger and heavier than the X30 and certainly the HP iPaq rx3715. As a trade-off, though, the X50v is solidly built, and the rubberized sides make for a comfortable and solid grip.
The X50v's 3.7-inch VGA screen is a sight to behold. Like the, it has a larger viewing area than most PDAs and boasts four times the resolution of a QVGA screen at 480x640 pixels for sharper graphics and text--a nice touch since Dell touts this as a multimedia handheld. The four shortcut keys (Calendar, Contacts, Inbox, and Home) and the navigation toggle reside just below and, compared to the X30's, are quite diminutive. While this wasn't much of an issue with the shortcut keys, the smaller toggle proved trickier to navigate, especially for those with bigger digits, and we often pressed the center Select button by mistake.