PDA Navigation Systems

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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

 

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

PosiMotion G-Fi
PosiMotion G-Fi

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

"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

 

More information at: connect, issue 8/2008 On the way with your mobile phone The modern mobile phone is designed for much more than just making calls and sending texts. With a GPS receiver and software it can turn into a navigation system in no time at all. In test: 14 navigation systems were reviewed and were rated from “very good” to “satisfactory”. Test criteria included features (navigation, communication ...), handling (operation, destination entry ...) as well as destination guidance (audio and visual guidance ...).

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: Personal Computer World, 11/2008 ALK Copilot Live 7 sat-nav software 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? … to review

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 
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

 

Nokia 6210 Navigator
Nokia 6210 Navigator

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

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)

 

More information at: Windows XP Made Easy, issue 108 Mini Group Test: GPS devices Satellite navigation gadgets are now cheaper than ever and make the ideal travelling companion. In test: Four GPS devices were reviewed and rated. Scores ranged from 6 to 9 out of 10 points. … to review

P-560
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

 

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

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

Last minute sat-nav connect 7/2008 - So you’re on holiday and urgently need a navigation system? No problem - thanks to free downloadable navigation software for your mobile phone, you will always have a navigation computer with you. Review details: Three off-board systems were tested and all were given an overall “good” rating. Test criteria included features (navigation, communication, entertainment), handling (operation, destination entry, system speed ...) as well as route calculation (across country, city and dynamic).

Good plan Tomorrow 5/2008 - That which has become commonplace in cars is also becoming so for pedestrians: the sat-nav to go. Nokia is now also supplying the Maps 2.0 software on their mobile phones. Does this make getting lost impossible?

CoPilot Live 7 Smartphone & PDA Essentials 66/2007 - ALK's CoPilot software is one of the better established names in the world of PDA navigation. Yet unlike its rivals who roll out annual updates, it's getting close to two years since the release of CoPilot 6. In the intervening time versions have been brought out for virtually every handheld platform, but a full update is long overdue. Now it is here, what does it have to offer?

Nokia 6210 Navigator phone Register Hardware 8/2008 - Following Nokia's purchase of mapping company Navteq, the company is looking to make the most out of the multi-millions they shelled out. The 6210 Navigator is, as is implied in the name, a phone that prides itself on its ability to get its owner from A to B. It's design mirrors that of other recent Nokia handsets and it also features a number of other features usually reserved for the high-end N-series.

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.