Saturday, December 29, 2007

Dude I got a New Dell

After owning one for about 6 years I decided to recycle my old Axim X5 for something a littler newer. So I decided to search the pages of Ebay to discern what was out there. I looked around and discovered there was a very nice Dell Axim X3i. You can read a review of it here. It has
# Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PC, including Pocket versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, Windows Media Player and more
# Intel® XscaleTM Processor at 400MHz or 300MHz
# Brilliant 3.5-inch TFT 240x320 QVGA 65K Color Transflective LCD
# 64MB or 32MB Intel® StrataFlashTM ROM
# 1 Secure Digital IO Slot
# Consumer IrDA port
# 950mAh Li-Ion Removable Battery with integrated rechargeable Backup Battery
# Optional 1800mAh Li-Ion High Capacity Battery
# Built-in Microphone & Speaker
# Backlit Power Button / Indicator Light
# Optional integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b capability
# Weight: Axim X3i w/ standard battery: 140.4g (5 oz); Axim X3 w/standard battery: 136.5g (4.8 oz)
# Dimensions: Axim X3i: 122.4 x 14.9 x 77.2mm (4.82" x 0.6" x 3"); Axim X3: 117 x 14.9 x 77.2mm (4.6" x 0.6" x 3")
# Power Button, 4 Application Keys, 5-way Navigator Button, Scroll Dial, Wireless On/Off Button, Record Button, Headphone mini-jack
# USB Cradle with 2nd primary battery charging slot

What is impressive is the smaller and lighter size, in comparison to it's older brother the X5. As well, it has integrated WIFI which can be turned off and turned on so as to save battery life. As you may know, WiFi can be a battery drainer so it's a good feature to have.

The original news release is here.

As you can see, there's also a nice looking cradle for both syncing and recharging the battery.

The WiFi antenna is quite good and gives a good range for the needs of surfing the Net. What also makes it different from the X5 is there is only a SD card slot rather then an SD and CF card slot. With my X5, the CF slot was filled with a CF WiFi card, so it's no big one.

As for the Axim X5, Jeremy got it. He got the Axim, the WiFi card and a blank SD card. I hope he enjoys it.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

More Photographs of a Winter Landscape

Took an hour to go out, do some skiing and take some photographs
Here's what is happening in Brantford.

The weather news was for a storm and as you can see by these two photographs, the forecast was correct.

Needless to say, it has meant the cancellation of church this morning and the postponing of the Christmas Cantata this afternoon.

What this also means is;

relax in the morning and

Cross Country Skiing in the Afternoon.

I'll bring my camera.