The story of my Dead Dell
Victim: Steve Bell
Date added: 10/28/2005
I always put my handheld, water bottle, etc. on top of the car as I'm
putting my son in his car seat. Often I forget about those things. I lost a
portable CD player at 60 mph, a bagful of McDonald's breakfasts (a sad day),
a water bottle, and then...my Dell Axim X5. Three times before I had gotten
a few blocks down the road and remembered it on top of the car (shows why I
need a second brain). But this time I forgot to take my meds, was in a
hurry, baby was yelling, whatever. There was a thud from the top of the car
and I knew what it was. I stopped the car, ran back, waved traffic away from
my device, picked it up and it wasn't pretty. The screen was toast, a 256 MB
card and the stylus were gone (I found the card, still worked) and the
shi-shi leather case didn't do jack to protect the thing.
I had never been satisfied with my Axim. I called everyone at Dell it
seemed, trying to procure a replacement screen. It turned out the device
still worked but without a screen it was useless. Dell doesn't know what a
touch screen is (kid you not), let alone sell them. It was my first Pocket
PC, after two Palms-thought I'd "upgrade" and get tons more functionality.
What a snipe hunt. Now I'm back to Palm and haven't looked back at Dell and
Pocket PC crap.