Which all-in-one PDA with GPS

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  1. RohanM

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    Thinking of updating my Psion (which is mainly used for contacts/diary), and having a PDA with GPS built into it appeals (as I do a fair bit of driving).

    Seen various individual comments about Navman PIN, Mitac and Garmin iQUE, but nothing comparing them against each other. I gather the Navman is a 'brand name' version of the Mitac (which I've seen going for very reasonable prices - it is about to be replaced?), but that's about it.

    Any advise at all will be appreciated.
     
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    The "pin" is I think a Mitac clone.
    As the mitac can be bought with Tomtom for about £350 or without mapping software for £230 www.expansys.co.uk (or even cheaper on ebay)
    It is IMHO the current leader as an integrated unit.
    (I bought one & am very happy with it!)

    B. :)
     
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    Mitac is my favourite at the moment: apparently there's clone of this available from Toys'r'Us at a good price.

    Advise (pros/cons) of the different mapping software is definately needed!

    Forgot to add that a Post Code search facility is very important, as well as an ability to see just a 2D map of current position. The latter to a quality similar to looking on paper map (A to Z, etc) or Streetmap/Multimap etc., at street level.
     
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    Have a look at the forums on www.pocketgps.co.uk

    I think you will find the best two navigation systems are Tomtom & Copilot live v5
    (there is a free 7 digit post code add-on for Tomtom)


    :) B.
     
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    Could some elaborate on the possibilities of a GPS system on a laptop?

    I have been reading this thread and many others on pocketgos.co.uk and am puzzled by the lack of software for a standard windows xp machine. Most seem to be suitable for Pocket Pc only....

    I read a USB CoPilot system might be what i am after, but i'm not sure.

    Anyone use a laptop as a GPS system in the car?

    Many thanks and apologies if i am highjacking this thread!
     
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    Let me know if you find one, being as the software alone can be over £100 if you want good maps of the UK and Europe, and then the cost of the Antenaa I nearly forgot you have still got to buy the PDA as well,

    I personally use
    XDA II :smashin:
    Navam 4410 (bluetooth) :smashin: Crap Customer services though
    Smart ST V2 Full European Maps :smashin:

    Blinding piece of kit. A bit of a pain to set up, with the right additional software :smashin: . Once done you've got it all PDA/Phone & GPS :smashin:
     
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    AutoRoute is GPS enabled as I think is Route 66 and most of the other mapping software. But voice directions are not given, so its usefulness when driving is limited

    I have used AutoRoute, but its not really practical to keep glancing at the laptop when driving.

    I have a Royaltek GPS reciever which fits many PDAs, and a USB connector is available for PC use
     
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    Thanks for that, i had considered the problems of looking at a laptop screen, but assumed i'd be shouted at by the software when needing to change direction!

    Also i have a beast of a laptop (desktop replacement) which would then need a power converter to run it for any length of time, i think the laptop idea is getting less feasible!

    I've seen the packages recommended above and think the PDA route is best.

    Thanks for the help, am off to find a "reasonably" priced package.

    :)
     

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