A flexible personal GPS navigation system that can also provide a range of
other in-car services.
On the face of it this is a similar device to the recently reviewed Mio A501 but there are subtle differences. This is first a communications device and only then a device that has GPS capabilities indeed they do a model without the GPS.
This is a full featured PDA a phone and of course a GPS unit. However unlike some other PDA’s with GPS abilities this is firstly a GPS unit and it has the ability to make phone calls and to be a PDA. Of course being a PDA you only have a soft keyboard.
Technology can help take some of the strain out of driving by supplying directions through a SatNav device.
For those readers of shall we say ‘more mature years’ you will remember Sidekick as perhaps the first PIM (Personal Information Manager) product on the market, here it forms part of a mobile phone offering from T-Mobile.
This is a tiny sat nav system but not only is it for cars etc but also for pedestrians and bicycles. When I say small it fits into the palm of my hand and I do not have enormous hands.
As a prime target for break-in merchants, it does help if your Sat Nav device can be placed in your pocket when away from the car. The Mio P350 certainly qualifies.
I would call it a personal navigation unit as not only can it be fitted in a car but it has a pedestrian mode that lasts a reasonable time between charges.
While these devices are no longer the huge sellers they once were they still do a job vital to many and the ability to work with Word and Excel files is an important feature.
Last week (10/2/06) I told you about the Navigation software supplied on this PDA
, now as this is a functioning PDA
in it’s own right I can tell you about it.
As the advert states “You can’t but them in the shops” yet that has not stopped Dell from becoming a household name with a range of products that include PDAs.
A Pocket PC PDA with navigation from Marco Polo the unit being sold in the UK by Evesham Technologies. As regular readers will know I do not have a great record with PDA navigation.
Regular readers will know I am a keen Palm user. This however is a new departure as it is the first Palm device to have a hard disc.
It makes sense to have a PDA and phone in one unit. However most – until now – have been to say the least bulky.
This unit outwardly looks exactly the same as the original ‘E’ except that the connection on the base for synchronising is different. The other main difference is that this model has Bluetooth something the original ‘E’ did not.
By no means a unique product, however unlike a number of other PDA type packages setting up the unit is, on the face of it, quite simple.
With Sony leaving the PDA market, others are more than willing to take up the slack.
I have looked at numerous PDA’s especially those from Palm, here is something that is more than a little different.
Let me introduce you to MyPal. This handy device is a PocketPC from Asus.
PDA games are big business and I see that Landware also have offerings for Smartphones. Here I am putting two games for Palm systems through their paces.
There are many dedicated in car navigation systems. Now there are solutions for Pocket PC and Palm. Here is one involving three companies – in a single box – and a further one that has exclusive rights to sell it.