Wait for a Windows Mobile 5.0 device?
June 21, 2005
| || |I was considering getting the Dell Axim X50v
this summer, when Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 5.0
. Is it worth waiting for a Windows Mobile 5.0 device, or should I get the Axim now, then purchase the upgrade to Mobile 5.0 when it's released?
This is a tough call. With the release of Windows Mobile 5.0 in early May, Microsoft added some key, upgrade-worthy functionality to its mobile OS. Windows Mobile 5.0 ships with Word Mobile and Excel Mobile, which supports tables, lists, and embedded images, and now it finally lets you view PowerPoint presentations. The OS also has built-in support for persistent storage so that you don't have to kiss your data good-bye when your battery dies.
That said, your ultimate decision may come down to form factor. With Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft opened the doors for manufacturers to produce devices with new form factors, such as smaller smart phones and more. However, if you like the form factor of the Dell Axim X50v and it has the features you want, there's no reason you shouldn't get it and upgrade the OS when it's available later in Q3.
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