Looks like Dell is the first one out the gate with a shipping Pocket PC running the new Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 platform.
After reading through the specifications, I don’t see any hardware changes relative to the previous X50v model.
That said, the X50v had/has great hardware specs including 64MB RAM, 802.11b WiFi, Bluetooth 1.x, 640×480 VGA display, and both CompactFlash (CF) and SD slots.
So, the only real change is the underlying Windows Mobile (formerlly Windows CE) platform (now 5.0).
I sure hope Dell fixed a number of bugs that seemed unique to their X50 models. The problems I found on the older models running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition were:
- Most hardware buttons could not be assigned to Microsoft Windows Media functions to customize audio/video playback control.
- Microsoft Pocket Word does not consistently refresh the screen correctly leaving an unreadable mess at the bottom of the screen.
- Microsoft Pocket Excel does not refresh the screen properly leaving cell borders with extraneous lines and changing the column widths unexpectedly (these changes are not permanent, btw… Just a refresh issue).
- WiFi access with 128-bit WEP is a bit flaky. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Thanks to my long time friend (and author of several editions of How to Do Everything With your Pocket PC which I had the privilege of helping out on as Technical Editor)
Frank McPherson for letting me know about the X51v availability.
Got a Dell X51v Pocket PC or some other PPC running Windows Mobile 5.0? Let us know.