PDA Navigation Systems

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MobileNavigator for iPhone
Navigon Mobile Navigator for iPhone

Type: PDA Navigation System, In-car, Outdoor; Display size: 3.5"; TMC: Yes; Weight: 135 g

Whilst improvements could better this product, overall it works well, and it's clear Navigon have tried hard to make Mobile Navigator Europe function well. Sadly, you can't look up full UK

4 reviews


More information at: TrustedReviews, 7/2009 Navigon MobileNavigator for iPhone Beating TomTom to the iPhone, Navigon's Mobile Navigator sat-nav software is based on their versions for Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms. Requiring iPhone OS 3.0 and coming in at a hefty 1.65GB for the full European maps version, as it is software only, an in-car mount will need to be separately purchased. Single Test. One sat-nav software for iPhone was reviewed and rated on design, features, performance and value. … to review

Glofiish X-500+
E-TEN Glofiish X500+

Palmtop / Windows PDA / Pocket PC

"A very nice update to what was already an impressive Windows Mobile PDA."

3 reviews


PosiMotion G-Fi
PosiMotion G-Fi

Mobile navigation system; Type: In-car, Pedestrian, PDA Navigation System, Outdoor

"There isn't much to the G-Fi. You charge it up, turn it on, and connect to it over Wi-Fi. It then gives you a GPS signal back. It really is that simple. With zero setup and zero install …

1 review


Nokia Maps 2.0
Nokia Maps 2.0

Type: PDA Navigation System; TMC: Yes

While Maps' OTA downloading of map data and wealth of bolt-on extras make for a very versatile package, Personal Computer World warns that pricing can often become a complicated and convoluted …

6 reviews


CoPilot Live 7 Software for Windows Mobile (UK & Ireland)
Alk CoPilot Live 7(UK + Ireland Maps)

Type: PDA Navigation System; TMC: Yes; Weight: 182 g

Speed, accuracy and a price substantially cheaper than a standalone satnav device, ALK's CoPilot Live goes from download to route setting in mere minutes. Highly configurable for car, bike or

10 reviews | 18 opinions (Poor)


More information at: Navi-Magazin, issue 9-10/2008 Live from the cockpit An ever increasing number of smartphones with integrated GPS receivers are coming onto the market - and the navigation software on offer is also becoming more interesting.

Navigation Suite (for BlackBerry)
Jentro FoxNav Mobile Navigation (for BlackBerry)

Type: PDA Navigation System; TMC: Yes

While navigation is competent, address finding and contacts searching are both on the slow side. Unlike stand-alone sat-navs, FoxNav doesn't feel as responsive and engaging. The convenience of …

1 review


Telmap Navigator for BlackBerry
Telmap Navigator for BlackBerry

Type: PDA Navigation System; TMC: Yes

Rapid updating and as useful for pedestrians as well as drivers, Telmap's Navigator for BlackBerry handsets allows you to have complete confidence in its route planning. With Europe-wide maps

1 review


More information at: PC Advisor, 5/2009 Telmap Navigator on BlackBerry Telmap's Navigator for BlackBerry handsets, favoured by O2 as the default satnav software though also available separately provides live traffic analysis and re-routing. Set up is simple and once locked on to satellites performs swiftly. Single Test. One satnav software was reviewed and rated on features and value. … to review

Digi-walker A-501
Mio A501

Type: PDA Navigation System; Weight: 135 g

"... The device packs plenty of features into a small space, but its sluggish performance, ugly design and lack of 3G and Wi-Fi support are just too off-putting to make it a success."

5 reviews


More information at: Smartphone & PDA Essentials, issue 66/2007 Mio A501 it is more than a year since Mio came up with its last PDA with integrated satnav and Sim support, the A701. In between times we've had a couple of PDAs with satnav (the P350 and P550), and several dedicated satnav devices. But the Mio A501 throws PDA, satnav and Sim support back into the mix. … to review

Wayfinder Systems Navigator Preloaded

Type: PDA Navigation System; TMC: Yes

Personal Computer World suggested the Preloaded version of Wayfinder Navigator is a much better bet than the OTA (over-the-air) version. The magazine reported good prompts, comprehensive speed camera

1 review


More information at: Personal Computer World, 12/2008 Wayfinder Navigator Preloaded sat-nav software There are two ways mobile phone-based satellite navigation works, one is by using your airtime to download maps on the fly, which could potentially cos a lot in data charges and the other is to have everything preloaded onto a memory card as is the case in this version of Wayfinder Navigator. … to review

Vodafone UK Navigator
Vodafone UK Navigator

Type: PDA Navigation System

A cheap and cheerful sat-nav system that works well on any Blackberry with GPS. Trusted Reviews thought Vodafone Navigator (Telmap v4) was great value for money but one shouldn't expect anything

1 review


More information at: TrustedReviews, 6/2008 Vodafone Navigator (Telmap v4) How does the combination of Telmap and the Vodafone Navigator map out? … to review

Wayfinder Systems Navigator 7

Type: PDA Navigation System

"... the maps lack detail and, even on a fairly new Windows Mobile phone, watching the map drag around the screen was a sobering experience compared with the smoothness of some of the standalone

4 reviews


More information at: TrustedReviews, 7/2007 Wayfinder Navigator 7 It might seem a bit of a weird idea, using your phone as a sat-nav system. But when you think about it, all of the ingredients are there. Most phones these days have full colour screens and enough horsepower to run sat-nav mapping software. And though built-in GPS receivers are still a novelty, most modern handsets are equipped with Bluetooth, meaning you can add GPS functionality really easily with a Bluetooth GPS receiver module. And because many phones have some form of Internet connection now, it's a snap to integrate stuff like traffic information, and update maps seamlessly. As a result, many of the major navigation software makers are now offering their packages for smartphones. Wayfinder Navigator 7, however, takes the concept of the connected sat-nav system to extremes. Instead of storing the maps on a data card locally Wayfinder takes your route request and sends map, route and other pertinent data in small chunks to the phone as and when required. … to review

Nokia 6210 Navigator
Nokia 6210 Navigator

Megapixel: 3.2 MP; Slider; MP3 player, Radio, Camera

Combining handset and satnav is attractive for those who need both but don't want the inconvenience of two devices. Nokia's 6210 Navigator makes a commendable job of this, but for regular …

6 reviews | 1 opinion (Above average)


e 310
Acer e310

Type: PDA Navigation System, In-car; Display size: 2.8"; TMC: Unavailable; Weight: 130 g

"At less than £200 this is a great all-round solution. It may not have the largest screen and it has a few kinks but the extras and all round useability make it a worthwhile investment."

7 reviews


Digi Walker P550
Mio DigiWalker P550

Type: PDA Navigation System; Weight: 170 g

"A fully featured yet affordable PDA with great navigation software."

6 reviews | 5 opinions (Above average)


Keychain GPS2000
Freedom Input Keychain GPS 2000

Type: PDA Navigation System

According to Smartphone & PDA Essentials, the Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 comes in as a close second to having in-built GPS, and at the end of the day it is the convenience of it that you're

1 review | 10 opinions (Above average)


More information at: Smartphone & PDA Essentials, issue 72/2008 Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 GPS receivers are all around us, and the way in which we use it is also changing. Many handheld devices include GPS as yet another feature, and it often gets ignored until it's needed, the trouble is that not every device has it built-in. … to review

Mio P560

Smartphone; Weight: 170 g; Candybar; Camera, Keyboard, MP3 player

"... if you have your eye on a standalone satnav device with Bluetooth and some added features, the the P560 makes a good argument for approaching your search from a PDA perspective …

3 reviews


P 3470 Pharos
HTC P3470 Pharos

Megapixel: 2.0 MP; Smartphone; Weight: 122 g; Candybar; Radio, Camera

The P3470's low price somewhat makes up for the lack of 3G or wifi plus the fact that the device comes with bundled TomTom software to complement the built in GPS means that slow data speeds …

1 review


My Pal A696
Asus MyPal A696

Type: PDA Navigation System, In-car; Display size: 3.5"; Weight: 165 g

"... Windows Mobile 6.0 will drive your multimedia and organisational software just fine, but in a hugely competitive market flooded with GPS enabled smartphones, this little PDA may just get …

3 reviews


iPAQ rx 5935 Travel Companion
HP iPAQ rx5935 Travel Companion

Type: PDA Navigation System, In-car; Display size: 3.5"

"It's hard to argue too much with the package - good specs at a good price."

1 review | 6 opinions (Excellent)


Nomad 800-L
Tripod Data Systems Nomad 800L

Type: PDA Navigation System

"... It's built like the proverbial brick outhouse and can take a hell of a lot of abuse. The screen is the most vulnerable area, but the odd scratch doesn't stop it working and, more …

1 review



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Product information and further reviews

ALK Copilot Live 7 sat-nav software Personal Computer World 11/2008 - While more and more phones are coming with built-in provision for GPS satellite navigation, often the software provided by the manufacturer or network is a trial version or uses a generic mapping solution such as Google Maps. ALK Copilot is one of the better known software only satnav solutions and now in version 7, what does it have to offer?

Navigon MobileNavigator MacUser 7/2009 - With the inclusion of GPS hardware in the iPhone 3G, the arrival of navigation software for the platform was inevitable. Navigon's MobileNavigator intends to do away with a separate sat-nav device, and benefits from the iPhone's touchscreen and greater resolution.

Nokia 6210 Navigator Mobile Choice 1/2009 - Built-in GPS (Global Positioning Systems) are becoming so common place on mobile phones that the folks at A-Z must be cursing the day someone first uttered the words 'sat nav'. Nokia has pioneered mobile mapping solutions more than any other manufacturer and what's refreshing is that they don't appear to be resting on their laurels. Take the Nokia 6210 Navigator for example, not only is it fitted with the latest Nokia Maps 2.0, it is also purpose built for both the pedestrian and the driver. Review details: Single Test. One smartphone was reviewed and rated on look and feel, ease of use, features, performance and battery life.

Nokia 6210 Navigator PC Advisor 5/2009 - Using a combination of GPS, compass and accelerometer to plan and follow routes, Nokia's 6210 Navigator handset works alongside preloaded Nokia Maps. An additional purchase of Routes will give you real-time directions. Review details: Single Test. One satnav mobile phone was reviewed and rated on build quality and features.

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Alongside traditional GPS navigation systems built into cars and handheld devices there are also GPS software packages and receivers available for use with a PDA. These are becoming increasingly popular as the power and versatility of PDAs is constantly improving and allowing their users to do things that were previously not possible with such a tiny device. The antennae to receive GPS signals can be in the form of a slot-in card or an external device connected either by cable or via Bluetooth. The software is available from many manufacturers and can be updates to include maps from other countries or with updated travel information. These updates will come on a memory card, normally 256MB will be enough for one country, anything larger will require a 512 card or bigger. PDA GPS navigations systems can also plug into the car cigarette charger to stay working while needed and while on the move are powered by a rechargeable battery. GPS signals are weaker in some areas. In a tunnel for instance there may be no signal what-so-ever and in heavily built up areas the signal may be intermittent or weak. The beauty of a PDA based navigation system lies in its flexibility When not being used as a router planner they can be used as a diary, day planner, for watching films or listening to music, it is even possible with some software versions to plan a route to or from an entry in the PDA's address book or to show the location of an address from an internet page. PDAs with GPS software still offer audible guides and as some can be used as a telephone are the complete solution for finding your way or getting lost and calling the AA.