The iPAQ GPS navigation system ensures that iPAQ Pocket PC users are not lost on the streets of the US or Canada but can drive like a local regardless of where they are. All that they need to do is to turn to their GPS-enabled iPAQs to locate streets, restaurants, colleges, entertainment centers etc.
The GPS kit includes a Bluetooth GPS receiver, a 900mAh lithium-ion battery, an auto adapter and maps of the US and Canada. It also has an extensive points-of-interest database, with more than one million entries which ensure that the users can locate hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and entertainment centers with ease.
The navigation system weighs 3.4 ounces and is quite bulky compared to other GPS systems. But this is a minor inconvenience, given the advantages that it brings. It has three LEDs that blink in different colors -- green to indicate GPS signals, blue to indicate Bluetooth and orange to indicate the battery charge. The rubber grip on the back prevents the system from slipping off the dashboard. Besides this, the users are provided a vent mount for extra stability.
The software uses Navtech data and allows users to load data by city or region in segments of 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles radius. These maps can then be queried to locate routes by specific address, by intersection, by favorite destination, or via the contact list. The system also gives the user the option to find the shortest route, or find a way which uses back roads and avoids highways.
What’s more the entire information is voice-guided, and advises the user of the remaining distance, estimated time of arrival, and more. It even re-routes the user if a turn is missed. Some users complain that this data is not as comprehensive as that offered by DeLorme Earthmate or TeleType receiver. But this is more than compensated by the ease of use that the iPAQ GPS brings.
The iPAQ GPS is compatible with most of the latest iPAQs. It also works well with the H1940, H2200, H3870, H3970, H4000, and H5000 iPAQ series. The only iPAQs that cannot take advantage of this amazing software are the ones that form the rz1700 series.
The GPS system costs $350, which is slightly more than other systems, but it is certainly worth it.