HTC P3300 PDA/Mobile Phone – Integrated with TomTom Software
TomTom has been on a tear recently, and they aren’t stopping yet. TomTom has announced that they are working with HTC, a relatively unknown but very experienced handheld maker, to launch the HTC P3300 a handheld PDS/Phone with TomTom Navigator 6 software built right in. This will be the first step in a collaboration agreement between the two companies. While fans might thing of this as a rival to HP and Palm products, the real news here is that unless GPS companies evolve away from stand alone devices, they are going to get left in the dust. I think that Mio, Garmin and TomTom realize that they have excellent navigation system software, and that the expertise is needed in the development of navigation systems not matter what the hardware is, witness this launch, TomTom’s Navigator software, The Mio 350 and 550 PDA's, the Garmin PDA series and even Garmin’s Mobile Phone software. I'm telling you I need a SiRF star chip in my Video iPod for the ultimate convergence.
Florian Seiche, Vice President of HTC Europe, added: “Being able to offer added value to our customers is extremely important to HTC. Our strong emphasis on innovation combined with TomTom's expertise in navigation technology will create a winning combination for HTC customers.”
“The HTC P3300 with TomTom’s NAVIGATOR 6 software will contain a wide array of features, software and maps that will offer European customers high performance navigation solutions,” said Eric Pité, the Vice President of Product Management at TomTom.
The HTC P3300 will be available across Europe from October 2006 with preinstalled NAVIGATOR 6 software, featuring either a city map of choice or a complete set of maps for Western Europe.
Key features of HTC P3300: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Operating System
Standalone GPS functionality
GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi
Direct Push Email
FM radio for the latest news and entertainment on the go
HTC RollRTM (Trackball and Track Wheel) for easy viewing and navigation
Key features of TomTom NAVIGATOR 6: Contact navigation: Navigate direct to contacts stored in your address book
Arrival time planning: Plan a route based on your desired arrival time
Speeding alert: Notifies the driver if they’re speeding, even if they're not in navigation mode
Pre-installed Safety Camera database: The most up-to-date available list of safety cameras is pre-installed
Realistic visual instructions: Visuals replicate road signs, making them easier to follow
Pedestrian navigation view: 2D map which is fixed in one position to allow better orientation when navigating on foot
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Posted by Scott Martin at September 8, 2006 9:03 AM
Purchased the HTC 3300 (premium) November 2006, this replaces my XDA Exec. I am extremely impressed with this product, having the GPS reciever built in is the real boon to this PDA. Battery life and general usability is good, I am not so sure about the HTC trackball finding it a little sensitive during takiing a photo for example only to find it has zoomed in/out or changed other settings, this aside I believe this is the PDA that many others will be judges by.
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