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Old 11-07-2002, 06:30 PM
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Default Axim X5 Specification Clarification

I've got some good news and some bad news: the good news is that I have confirmed with someone at Dell that the screen on both models of the Axim X5 is <b>back-lit transflective</b>. There was a lot of speculation going on about this, so I'm happy to report that the Axim X5 will have a screen hopefully as glorious as the Viewsonic V35. And at a $199 price point? Amazing!<br /><br />Now for the bad news: the SD slot is not SDIO compliant. My contact tells me this is because Dell didn't feel SDIO peripherals were common enough yet. I can see the logic in that - other than Bluetooth cards, what else is there? It doesn't bode well, however, for those of you wanting to buy a device and use it for at least a year - I expect to see SDIO 802.11b cards out in 2003, along with a Margi Presenter-to-Go VGA output card based on SDIO. However, remember that you have a CF Type II slot - I think it's a reasonable assumption on Dell's part that SD will be used for memory, and CF will be used for increased functionality.<br /><br />And to those calling this device "a brick", be fair in what you're comparing it to - it can ONLY be compared with other dual-slot devices like the e740, Loox, etc. To compare its size and weight with a single-slot device like the V35 is unrealistic.
 
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Old 11-07-2002, 06:48 PM
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Yeah Jason!

You tell 'um!
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Old 11-07-2002, 06:49 PM
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Default Re: Axim X5 Specification Clarification

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the good news is that I have confirmed with someone at Dell that the screen on both models of the Axim X5 is back-lit transflective. There was a lot of speculation going on about this, so I'm happy to report that the Axim X5 will have a screen hopefully as glorious as the Viewsonic V35. And at a $199 price point? Amazing!
I would like to apologize in advance for both the question I'm about to ask and the discussion that may ensue because of it...

That being said, I thought all Tranflective screens were backlit, aren't they?

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Now for the bad news: the SD slot is not SDIO compliant. My contact tells me this is because Dell didn't feel SDIO peripherals were common enough yet. I can see the logic in that - other than Bluetooth cards, what else is there? It doesn't bode well, however, for those of you wanting to buy a device and use it for at least a year
I'm not sure it's all that bad. Yes, it would be nice with SDIO but with a CF slot I'm not sure it's all that bad either. Even though more SDIO devices will be out I doubt that there will be any functionality that you can get with an SD card that you can't get with a CF card. Further, I don't see SDIO peripherals (or memory for that matter) being as cheap as CF peripherals for some time to come.

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And to those calling this device "a brick", be fair in what you're comparing it to - it can ONLY be compared with other dual-slot devices like the e740, Loox, etc. To compare it's size and weight with a single-slot device like the V35 is unrealistic.
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Old 11-07-2002, 07:01 PM
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I think I'm going to boycott the word "transflective" alltogether - it's misused far too often. From now on, there are only two types of screens in my world:

Back-lit and Side-lit.

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Old 11-07-2002, 07:02 PM
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Default SDIO is useless at least now

SDIO, i think, at least in one year, is not very realistic for any PocketPC. Just thinking about all SD expansions(not memory) are more expensive than this PocketPc itself, let alone most of them are still in prototype.

So Lacking SDIO can't be a bad news.

The problem now is how much my jornada 565 will be ebayyed now? $99?
 
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Old 11-07-2002, 07:09 PM
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AHHHHH!!! THE DECISION IS KILLING ME! I CAN'T WORK! NEED TO DECIDE!
 
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Old 11-07-2002, 07:10 PM
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I think I'm going to boycott the word "transflective" alltogether - it's misused far too often. From now on, there are only two types of screens in my world:

Back-lit and Side-lit.

:lol:
Wait a minute..... What about front-lit screens?
 
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Old 11-07-2002, 07:12 PM
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Default Re: Axim X5 Specification Clarification

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Now for the bad news: the SD slot is not SDIO compliant. My contact tells me this is because Dell didn't feel SDIO peripherals were common enough yet. I can see the logic in that - other than Bluetooth cards, what else is there? It doesn't bode well, however, for those of you wanting to buy a device and use it for at least a year
I'm not sure it's all that bad. Yes, it would be nice with SDIO but with a CF slot I'm not sure it's all that bad either. Even though more SDIO devices will be out I doubt that there will be any functionality that you can get with an SD card that you can't get with a CF card. Further, I don't see SDIO peripherals (or memory for that matter) being as cheap as CF peripherals for some time to come.
I think the main problem is the person with another device with only an SD slot who wants to buy an accessory. Can't buy one to use in both devices. Same for someone who wants to "go slim" down the road. They'll have to invest in a CF accessory now, which they know they won't be able to use on the next device.

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And to those calling this device "a brick", be fair in what you're comparing it to - it can ONLY be compared with other dual-slot devices like the e740, Loox, etc. To compare it's size and weight with a single-slot device like the V35 is unrealistic.
Looking at the back of it, you have the CF slot, coin cell and removeable battery that are making it this thickness (which by my standards is not that thick anyway). All things the thin devices don't have (or need). Take out first two, remove the extra packaging of the removable battery (and yes, shift the headphone jack someplace) and you have a thin device that has everything the other thin devices have (SD only, internal battery). So you're paying in thickness for the things we all want.
I think this is where the $150 unit will come from.
 
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Old 11-07-2002, 07:17 PM
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I for one see NO problem with the SD not being IO. When you have a Cf slot on board as well that is IO, I can't see much need for having two IO slots. I've been told that to add IO capabilities to an SD slot costs about $30.00. If you are selling a device for $200.00 that is a very significant cost that really isn't needed. No brainer decision there I think.

Backlit screen I'm sold I want one. Wait no at that price I'll take 2-3 YE HA!

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Old 11-07-2002, 07:28 PM
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By the time any decent SD/IO peripheral comes out. Dell will make Axim X6 for $150 or $99.

big deal. just replace the whole thing, and toss the Axim on ebay for $20 bucks.
 
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