Value Pocket PC device

There is another pretender to the crown of the low-cost Pocket PC device — ViewSonic’s V35. This handheld joins the company’s array of diversified products that lifts the brand out of its familiar monitor maker niche. Fortunately for ViewSonic, it has come up with a product that is genuinely competitive in a marketplace that has fast become cluttered since the launch of Dell’s low-cost Axim earlier this year.

The V35 certainly breaks the cost barrier, coming in at $699, and it provides an attractive bundle of features for the price. It uses a 300MHz XScale chip, has 64MB of RAM, runs Pocket PC 2002 and offers a 3.5in screen with 240x320 resolution. Expansion is handled by a Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard slot. All this compares favourably with its closest rivals, the Dell Axim X5 and HP iPAQ h1910.

In use, the V35 works smoothly, although the power button was a little unresponsive. The audio controls (located down the side of the device) work the voice recorder and were simple to use. Playback from the small speaker was surprisingly clear.

In terms of portability, the V35 is both slim and light, weighing just 120g and measuring 120x75x13mm. The iPAQ pips it to the post in terms of size, though, with slightly smaller dimensions. Dell’s Axim, on the other hand, matches its generous features with an equally hefty girth, weighing 196g and being 18mm thick. We know which device we’d rather carry around.

In brief: ViewSonic Pocket PC V35
Price: $699
Vendor: ViewSonic
Phone: (02) 9929 3955