January 4, 2006

Pharos Traveler 525 GPS

Pharos announced that they are launching the Pharos Traveler 525, a PDA based GPS device that is the first such integrated device to include WiFi, Bluetooth in the Windows Mobile platform. the big news here is that it also comes pre-loaded with Skype for Pocket PC for PC to PC communication all over the world. Because it's Windows based, you'll be able to sync up with your desktop or laptop to bring your addressbook, appointments and documents with you. The Pharos traveler 525 comes pre-loaded with maps of 50 US cities.



"Navigation assistance is something every business traveler needs, but current standalone GPS devices are big and bulky, making them unsuitable for briefcases and plane travel. The new Pharos Traveler GPS 525 is the size of a mobile phone and sets up in rental cars in just minutes, offering turn by turn directions with voice prompts that save valuable time while on the road," said Christina Shires, Director of Marketing, Pharos.

It also comes with the ability to update via Bluetooth and your phone to get real-time traffic in cities with traffic reporting capabilities. This is similar to the TomTom GO line of products. It is equipped with the ever popular SiRF star II chipset that is becoming the standard for small highly sensitive GPS units.

The product is targeted at the business traveler who need the PDA functionality as well as road warrior GPS capabilities and the convenience of wireless communication via WiFi and Bluetooth.

Powerful Features Include:

-- 512 MB SD card included with preloaded maps of top 50 U.S. Metropolitan areas

-- Pharos GPS award winning Ostia navigation software

-- Integrated WiFi and Bluetooth(TM) technology

-- Skype for Pocket PC

-- Syncs with Outlook(TM) Contacts

-- Highly sensitive SiRFstarIII GPS receiver

-- Voice guided turn-by-turn directions

-- Real time traffic, web-based location-based services and POI look up wirelessly via Bluetooth(TM)

-- High-speed over-the-air map downloads via WiFi

-- Three dimensional mapping perspective or 2-D overhead view

-- Multi-stop routing

Other features include:
* Microsoft Windows Mobile version 5.0 software
* Pocket versions of Microsoft software are included (Outlook, Word, Excel, Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer for Pocket PC)
* SiRFstarIII GPS receiver
* Processor: SC32442X 300 MHz processor
* Memory: 64MB ROM, 128 MB SD RAM
* Dimensions: 109.7mm (L) x 59.4mm (W) x 17.6mm (T)
* Resolution: 240 x 320 with 65,536 colors
* Expansion: SDIO expansion slot
* Bluetooth version 1.2
* 802.11b with 64-128 bit WEP standard data encryption

The MSRP is $599.95.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 4, 2006 9:25 AM

Recent Comments

I got in touch with Pharos and they say "no". Their explaination is below:

"The Traveler 525 GPS is not compatible with Streets and Trips. Reason is that, in order for mapping software to be compatible with it, it will need to be NMEA and have a baud rate of 1800, which the Streets and Trips does not have."

Thanks,
Scott


Posted by: Scott Martin at March 20, 2006 4:02 PM

Is this unit compatible with streets and trips????


Posted by: Kenneth at March 17, 2006 8:29 PM
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