August 27, 2007

Nokia 500 GPS

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Nokia has released their widescreen Nokia 500 GPS, a navigation unit from the famed maker of mobile phones. Having acquired Smart-2-go earlier this year, it is not a surprise that after all this GPS rumbling, from almost a year ago, that they are finally hitting the shelves with their own unit. They previously hit with a Route 66 based model, that didn’t make a big dent in much of anything, but I am sure it whetted their appetites for more of this hot growing market.

Of course it’s got turn-by-turn directions, Bluetooth handsfree calling, and an FM transmitter to play music through your stereo.

Expect it in Europe soon at about 300 Euros. The unit is reported to be heading to the US by the end of the year.

More after the jump…

The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation is Nokia's first handsfree dedicated personal navigation device for convenient in-car navigation and communication. In addition to integrated GPS and competitive in-car navigation features, the device also acts as a complete Bluetooth handsfree system for your compatible mobile phone. Its wide (4.3 inch) color screen makes it easy to search through your contacts and make and receive calls, and the handsfree speaker system with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides excellent audio quality.

Navigation made easy
Navigating couldn't be easier - equipped with high-sensitivity GPS and Nokia Maps navigation software, the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation gives clear spoken and visual directions (turn-by-turn, including street and city names). It comes with pre-installed regional maps*, and detailed travel information, including points of interest such as hotels, petrol stations and tourist sites.

The integration between the device's navigation and communication features also lets you receive contact details for the points of interest you pass on your journey so you can call directly, or get directions to addresses already stored in your contacts.

Information at your fingertips
With the device's Traffic Message Channel Service you can avoid all those tiresome traffic jams, and get to your destination more quickly. The device also has an intuitive Nokia interface, featuring a split screen which displays additional information alongside the main screen to help with your navigation. This split screen features essential guidance information such as details on your next turn, estimated time of arrival and distance remaining, ensuring these details are always accessible.

On the road entertainment
For longer journeys, keep yourself and your passengers amused with the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation's advanced entertainment features. Listen to music from the integrated music player, or for those down-times on the road, view photographs or watch videos, making any roadtrip a fun trip! The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation device also plays music through your car's FM radio using the built-in FM Transmitter**.
"The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation is an expansion of our extensive enhancements portfolio. Our solutions are tightly integrated with our mobile devices, allowing users to enjoy quality handsfree communication with their phonebook, music and competitive navigation," said Marcus Stahl, director, Nokia Automotive.

The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation is expected to be available in selected channels in Europe*** in the fourth quarter 2007 at an estimated retail price of EUR 300 without taxes. It will be available in other markets following this initial launch.

Via Engadget

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Posted by Scott Martin at August 27, 2007 10:14 PM

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