December 13, 2005

New Mio A201 GPS Handheld

Mio has released the new Mio A201 GPS with the now popular SiRF star III chipset, known for its low power draw and its high accuracy even in low reception situations. It's a Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system Personal Information Manager and features a bunch of things that you might find on a typical PDA - including pocket versions of Microsoft Office. The A201's favorite feature is its rotating GPS antenna, which lets you navigate in either portrait mode - like most of the PDA competition - or in the landscape orientation favored by most dedicated devices.

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December 1, 2005

Mio finally launches the Mio A701 in Europe

The Mio A701 is a GPS Enabled smart phone that runs on the windows operating system.

The Mio A701 was announced in August (see article) and now it is finally hitting the market (In Europe). The A701 is a PDA-style phone with a 2.7in, 240 x 320, 272,000-color display. There's a 1.3mp camera on the back and a 520MHz Intel PXA270 processor inside. It also has 64MB of SDRAM and 128MB of ROM.

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November 5, 2005

New StarNet SDIO GPS for Dell Axims

Stellus Systems has launched an SDIO GPS that is compatible with the Dell Axim handhelds. StarNet is a GPS accessory that puts navigation and find-and-locate capabilities for home or business addresses, ATMs, restaurants and recreational activities (such as golf, boating and hiking), at your fingertips - a map-in-your-hand that helps you get where you're going. The Pocket PC handheld market is expanding its market share, and with the growing use of Handhelds, Stellus' StarNet SD GPS receiver is poised to enable additional functionality and services.

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November 4, 2005

Mobile Crossing upgrades the Waypoint 100 and 200 PDA's

Mobile Crossing today announced significant upgrades to its WayPoint 100 and WayPoint 200 navigation systems including national maps and numerous new software features, improved user interface, increased performance and upgraded safety features.

Recall, the Waypoint 100 and the Waypoint 200 are Windows Pocket PC based PDA handhelds that offer a CF GPS receiver (WayPoint 100), or an integrated SiRF receiver (Waypoint 200). The Waypoint 200 also comes with integrated Bluetooth that allows for downloading traffic and weather (year one service is free). (See our related article on the Waypoint 200 Release)

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October 31, 2005

New Garmin iQue M4 - Maps to go

Garmin also announced today the release of the Garmin iQue M4, the Windows Mobile based PDA with integrated high sensitivity SiRF GPS receiver. It comes preloaded with detailed maps of North America (US, Canada and Puerto Rico). The high sensitivity SiRF chipset and the pre-loaded maps differentiate this model from the iQue M3 product.

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September 20, 2005

Navman PIN 570

Navman's got a new PiN device out, the Pocket PC based 570. It looks a lot like the Garmin iQue, and the PiN 570 features Navman's SmartST 2005 software, a 2.5-inch 65k color QVGA touchscreen, a 266MHz CPU, 64MB RAM, SDIO slot, and no Windows Mobile 5.0.

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August 23, 2005

GPS Review: TomTom Navigator 5 Bluetooth Bundle for Treo 650

Here's a nice write up of getting the TomTom Navigator 5 to work on the Palm Treo 650. for a little under $300, you can lturn your Treo into a TomTom powered turn by turn GPS navigator. Now there were some bumps along th eway, and the process took forever because of slow to get activation codes, but the thing was up and running with only a few hitches. This can be summed up with, "The activation process was a complete nightmare and I'm hoping that I'm the exception rather than the rule."

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August 20, 2005

Quick GPS News: Mio Readying a new GPS enabled PocketPC with Bluetooth

Mio's next GPS-enabled PocketPC will feature Bluetooth 1.2 wireless connectivity, according to the Bluetooth Qualification Program (BQP) website.

Called the A201, little else is known about the device beyond the fact it has a built-in GPS receiver, as per Mio's current GPS PocketPC offerings.

So What?

The A201 appears to be in addition to the current Mio 168 Pocket PC (shown here) with integrated GPS, or may potentially be an outright replacement. The Mio 168 does not feature integrated Bluetooth. Of course the Bluetooth enables wireless sync of the PocketPC, or one would hope so. With on-board Bluetooth TomTom is integrating the ability to download traffic and weather service through their TomTomPlus services, as well as the ability to update the voices used to route you to your destinaiton with the text to voice feature. The TomTom is also able to function as a speakerphone whenin the car and paired to the phone. Who knows if any of these features will be present on the upcoming Mio A201.

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August 10, 2005

New Product: HP iPAQ hw6710 and hw6715 mobile messangers with GPS functions

So, I wouldn't normally announce the launch of a new HP iPAQ here, but what the heck, they have GPS functions and has "GPS navigation from TomTom." Did you read the interview article we posted that Engadget did with Magellan's Christian Bubenheim, where he said that "All mobile devices will be able to integrate GPS very cost-efficiently." He was ultimately talking about cell phones, but here we go, jump on board because here they come.

Not that this launch is new or dramatic, but in the wake of that interview, and the fact that the HP release is not primarily a "GPS based handheld", like the Garmin's M3 or M5, which is most definitely a GPS device in the form of a Pocket PC. I guess my point is that GPS functionality is going to be a barely noteworthy extention of the handheld fnctionality list much like SD cards, WiFi, a color screen, etc.


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July 22, 2005

HP rz1710 Navigator Pocket PC Based GPS Unit

HP is selling their rz1710 pocket PC unit complete with a GPS shoe for use in a car as the HP rz1710 Navagator. The Pocket PC is free to use as needed during the normal day, but pop this thing into the GPS mount in the car, (works in portrait or landscape format) and you are ready to go. You can't use its handheld features while navigating, which could be a pain.

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