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PDA Phone Example 10 – GPS Navigation

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Jun 17 2007 11:13 pm

The same mapping software that is sold with GPS devices such as TomTom or Garmin is available for PDA phones. The mapping software uses the PDA phones built-in GPS unit, or a portable Bluetooth GPS unit. My xv6700 internal GPS is not assessable so I had to buy a small portable GPS receiver to communicate with the iGuidance GPS navigation software I also purchased. The software is as good, and if not better, than the TomTom unit my friend bought. The iGuidance software includes 3-D mapping, turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts, route calculations, trip stats, automatic re-routing on wrong turns, and a lot more. 

The screen size of the xv6700 is 2.8 inches and is just large enough to read the maps. One issue I have with the screen is the glare makes it unreadable when the sun is directly pointing at it. I’m hoping to fix this problem by buying an anti-glare screen guard, but I haven’t found one yet. 

Google also offers mapping software (found at this link) that you can download to your PDA phone. The mapping data is always sent through the internet so you will need either a data plan or Wi-Fi access. If you have internet access, then google maps on a PDA phone is almost exactly the same as Google maps on a PC including satellite pics, directions, and real-time traffic info. If you don’t have internet access or you would like more features, then take a look at TomTom or iGudance navigation software.

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