Summary: With any PDA in this price range a few design compromises are required. For instance I would liked to have seen a the Axim X5 Basic ship with more memory, and built in wireless capabilities that some of the other Pocket PC have would also have been nice.
Pros: Low price, Both CF & SD/MMC memory slots, Bright sharp screen, Good battery life
Cons: No connectivity solution included, Poor placement of SD/MMC card, Mediocre sound
Excerpt: The hardware in Dell's two Axim X5 models (Basic and Advanced; we tested the latter) is identical to the hardware used on the original Pocket PC 2002 versions. The Dell Axim X5 is still a bit bigger than we'd like, but it remains a great buy because of its dual expansion slots (CompactFlash Type II...
Excerpt: The Dell Axim X5 is available in two versions. The value configuration ($249 direct, before a $50 rebate) is built around a 300-MHz Intel XScale processor and 32MB of SDRAM, while the performance configuration ($349 direct, before $50 rebate) uses a 400-MHz Intel XScale processor and 64MB of SDRAM.
Summary: It may not be sleek or glamorous, but with an expected price lower than competitors’ models, a great screen and superb expandability, the Axim looks set to revolutionise the Pocket PC landscape.