First off, sorry for the delay on this. In addition to recent coverage by blogs like Engadget, jkOnTheRun and others, I’ve gotten a few e-mails and a comment from Direct2Dell reader David H. Deans who’ve asked me to confirm whether we’ve discontinued the Axim line or not. The answer is yes, we have.
I’d like to say thanks to all the folks like David and Chris Leckness for their interest in the products. For the 4 years we were in the handheld market, we made many friends and had a blast developing and shipping products to serve different needs.
Update: Just realized that I did not link to Aximsite.com in my original post. It is the site that Chris created and administered since 2002. He did an awesome job building a community of folks that were passionate about Axims and Pocket PC devices in general. Thanks again, man.
Why did we make the decision? Because of a steadily declining market for pen-based PDAs and noted over the past several quarters by analyst firms like IDC and Gartner.
Even though we’re not selling them anymore, we still have plans to support our customers. Dell will provide technical and warranty support for Axim and Dell-branded Axim peripherals per the terms defined in the support agreement and limited warranty agreements at the time of purchase.
We also to offer batteries, power cables, AC adapters and sync cable customer kits for the Axim X51/X51v through 2009. All other Dell-branded Axim X51/X51v peripherals are expected to be available through mid-2007 or while supplies last.
Thanks again to all our customers who made the Axim line successful for the last few years.
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I'm really sad to see this line discontinued. The Axim x30 series has met my needs for the past few years. I use it for standard PDA functions, as well as playing mobile games, watching movies and tv shows I record and convert for ppc, wireless network troubleshooting, and so much more.
Very few PDA-like Windows Mobile devices have affordably employed 624Mhz XScale processors, along with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, not to mention decent battery performance. I would have liked to see the post-X51 series very much.
Seeing as how sales were declining, and cellular mobile devices are obviously replacing the PDA, perhaps we can hope for a new line, based on the Axim fundamentals, which includes the newer technologies, without losing what makes the Axim line so useful. Any chance there Lionel?
Dell, thanks for having brought the Axim line to us in the first place. I enjoyed it while it lasted.
WhatsUpDell: Thanks for the kind words.
Currently, I can say there's no plans for any kind of follow-on product using new technologies. Of course, if that changes, I'll blog about it here.
Lots of us here within Dell really liked the Axim line and are also sad to see it go. Personally, I used an X30 for long time, also had a X50v for the VGA screen... would have been great to see an Axim with a hard drive.
Will an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 be provided when it's released?
Also, is there any hope of Dell releasing tech specs so the development community can get to developing a working Linux distribution for it? :)
So what is Jack Bauer going to use to stay in synch with Chloe? In case you haven't noticed it, the CTU on the tv show 24 has made extensive use of Axims for it's agents in the field.
I have had an X5 and and X51v and have loved their day to day practicality and performance. Although I don't fight terrorists, everything I have done has been run through my Axim at some point. From listening to interent radio, reading the paper in the local coffee shop, keeping up with my daughters and my favorite sports teams, and
Thanks for the great run and here's to finding out how long the thing will run without support. Thanks also to the folks at www.aximsite.com for all the great insights and problem solving.
Thanks for confirming this news, although it's sad news. By the way, could you confirm anything about the possibility of a WM6 update for the x51v? It's been the focus of a lot of rumoring, and it would be great to have an official version. I think it would be a good final update for the x51v. Also, I read somewhere that Microsoft gives free updates for hardware distributors for WM6, I don't know if that would apply in this case.
Please, if possible, give us some kind of answer on this matter.
I would be interested in a WM6 upgrade for my Axim X51V... it is the mainstay of my diary management between personal and work pcs and while commuting (it's a lot easier to open up an Axim on a cramped long-haul commuter bus than a 15.4 inch screen laptop).
Thanks for making the x51v. It still is the best pda in the world. I guess that it is good to retire when the axim x51v while it is the undisputed handheld champion of the world.
The axim sets the standard for all the other brands...........
Sorry to see that the Axim is being discontinued. I have used various Pocket PC's and Palm devices over the years. Although I primarily used Ipaqs, I was quite impressed with the Axim.
Does Dell plan on introducing any UMPC models or smartphones to remain in the mobile market? I know HP has struggled with it's Ipaq 6000 series phone and is finding it difficult to compete with Moto, Palm or HTC but I think there are still many opportunities. Is Dell going to enter this market as it continues to grow?