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Dell has added a new member to their mobile Axim family the X51v. This model has more memory, a bigger screen, a new OS and more processing power. What's all this good for? Come along with us as we delve into the mobile world of the Dell Axim.

This latest offering in Dell's assortment of mobile devices, is also the most powerful one they have to offer to date. It has an Intel Xscale processor that runs at a top speed of 624MHz, that's roughly 100MHz more then the X50, the smaller brother. Because the Axim itself and the OS on it are quite new, you can't expect too many accessories to be available yet, but that doesn't stop us from reviewing it.

Specifications

  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software with Windows Media Player 10 Mobile
  • 624MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor
  • 3.7" color TFT VGA display with 480x640 resolution
  • Integrated Intel® 2700G multimedia accelerator with 16MB video memory
  • Integrated 802.11b and BluetoothTM Wireless Technologies
  • 64MB SDRAM and 256MB Flash ROM
  • Integrated CompactFlash Type II and Secure Digital / SDIO Now! / MMC card slots provide flexible expansion
  • VGA-Out Support with optional VGA Presentation Bundle
  • Removable Primary Battery with optional High Capacity Battery
  • 3.5mm Headphone / Headset Jack for Headsets to support VoIP and voice recognition applications
  • Built-in microphone and speaker for easy recording on the go
  • USB Cradle including Battery Charging Slot

Click to enlargeFirst thing you notice is that it has a lot of memory packed away inside for various purposes. The processor is Intel based and as the name might suggest, it's scalable. That means that the operating system can scale the processor speed back and reduce power usage when the processor isn't that busy, a bit like Intel's Speedstep technology present in laptops.

Lets take a closer look at the Axim itself. Only available in the black and silver two-piece, it's very sleek and somewhat ergonomic, except for those with small hands. Turning the Axim on or off is very easy. On both sides of the power button are 2 features. To the left there's a little slot for the microphone and to the right is the light to indicate wireless/Bluetooth connectivity.

The front shows of the 3.7" TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 480x640. On the bottom of the front side are 5 buttons, not including the directional pad. These buttons have various functions, from left to right, calendar, contacts, select, email and home. You can control some movements with the directional pad, but mostly you use the supplied stylus.

You'll find a reset button and the lid where the battery goes behind on the back. The lid is secured with a latch on the bottom. You can charge the battery when it's placed in the Axim or use the slot in the cradle to charge it. That way if you have more then one battery, you can charge multiple batteries at once.

 Axim Top Side

On top there's a headphone jack and several places to put the plathora of supported flashcards. There's also an infrared port located there so you can beam over contacts and such. On the other side of the headphone jack is the holder for the stylus or pen.

Axim left side

On the left further tactile buttons provide neat bits of functionality. A locking button which freezes your Axim and prevents accidental touchscreen taps to activate the handheld. Just below that is the wireless button, this activates or deactivates the wireless card or Bluetooth. Last but not least the record button, this opens the program notes and records the microphone input - a neat digital dictaphone.