Microsoft unveiled Windows Mobile 5 (WM5) in May, but I went ahead and bought a Dell Axim x50v PDA in July, which was based on an “older” system. A lot of new and exciting WM5 devices, particularly PDA phones, were announced together with WM5, but none had a definite timetable for release in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Dell said it would provide x50V owners with an upgrade to WM5 when it became available. Knowing my XDA Mini from O2 was not going to get an upgrade, I ordered myself the x50v. I made sure a Dell saleswoman in Hong Kong confirmed with me in a July 15 e-mail that I was indeed entitled to the free upgrade before I confirmed the order.
Dell announced in October the new x51v PDA, which is basically an x50v with WM5 pre-installed. I asked the same saleswoman about the promised upgrade. She replied on October 4 to say Microsoft was holding it up. I could wait no longer, and ordered myself an x51v.
Things started to go downhill from there.
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