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    Viewsonic V37 Pocket PC Review
    Author: Fibrousjaguar
    Date Posted: May 10th, 2004
    SLRating: SLRating: 8.2/10
    Bottom Line: SLCentral took a look at Viewsonic's most powerful Pocket PC to date, the Viewsonic V37. Can this relatively newcomer in the handheld market compete with PDA giants such as Palm and Compaq? Read on to find out.....

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    Navigating the V37 is a breeze, thanks to Microsoft’s easy to navigate OS. There is a customizable drop down menu which houses links to essential programs, and a quick launch bar to access your favorite programs.

    The ‘Programs’ link in the drop down menu brings you to an icon view of (duh) all the programs on your hard drive. Click any of the shortcuts and you are taken to its respective program. However, if you have moved the program to a different directory, the V37 will not be able to find it. Manually correcting the shortcut is also impossible, and you must either move the target back to its original location or reinstall the program.

    The ‘Settings’ link displays vital information about your Pocket PC including backlight adjustment and power saving options. You can also customize your buttons and menus in this screen, or you can password protect your handheld if you would like. You can easily remove any unneeded application view the ‘Remove Programs’ function, and you can adjust data transfer settings.


    Bundled with the PDA is a nice package of useful software. Included are the Pocket Versions of (All Microsoft) Word, Excel, Messenger, Reader (e-books sold separately), a handy eBackup utility, and the Pocket PC rendition of Microsoft’s 9 Series Media Player. While I would like to have seen some more functionality to Excel, Microsoft has defiantly succeeded in developing a user-friendly and intuitive program suite.

    In addition, Microsoft has implemented a seamless integration between the Calendar, Notes, Tasks, and Email functions included with the V37 with Microsoft Outlook for PC. As mentioned before, this painless integration is what will put Microsoft ahead of the game in terms of Pocket PC Software development.

    In terms of hardware functionality, the V37 is as much give as it is take. Granted, the 400 MHz processor eliminates virtually all symptoms of lag in new Pocket PC Programs, but the lack of integrated WiFi/Bluetooth capabilities is a disappointment. The comparatively small storage space and an unusually soft speaker are also downsides. Yes, you can purchase an SDIO card for either of the former two issues, but who wants to pay an extra hundred dollars when plenty of Pocket PCs have these features built in?

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