I was looking eagerly forward to Axim X5 and was a bit disappointed when I saw the first real pictures of it. I knew it'd be a little bigger than the competitors, but .. err .. it's just huge.
I had difficulties with the size of my former iPAQ 37xx, I just always felt a little clumsy with it. Actually I wasn't even going to purchase another PocketPC after selling that device, but after seeing the Viewsonic, I fell in love with it. And the new iPAQ 1910 is even smaller. Both look so sexy, efficient, slim.. Just lovely.
Dell is a very good option, and I can't blame one buying it, expecially at that price. But to me, it's just a step back in PPC devices. After all, we've already won Palm in almost every aspect, expect size. I'd find it hard to justify the size over it's features compared to Viewsonic if I was buying it.
I believe that the Viewsonic / iPAQ 1910 have more than enough speed and other options to boost with, and with their new smaller physical size and price tag, they really beat the pants down from Palm devices. I myself wouldn't be very proud to show the Dell to any Palm fanatic, althought I don't know anyone
For me the looks and feel is very important part of the things I buy. I choose my clothes, tv-sets, furnitures so that I'm willing to spend a little extra if it just is visually more attractive. Naturally the capabilities of the devices are top priority also, but I'd choose Ferrari that goes 80mph over Morris Mini that goes 120mph any day.
When iPAQ 1910 is stacked of top of Dell, iPAQ looks like the protective screen lid of the latter. It's just that much thinner. Call me vain, but for me, that's the thing that really counts.