PalmOne GPS Navigator For Bluetooth Enabled Palm PDAs (Zire 72, Tungsten T3, Treo 650, Palm T|X, Tungsten E2, Tungsten T5)
Teaming up with TomTom, palmOne now offers a Bluetooth GPS package
that works with its flagship PDA products with built-in Bluetooth
networking capability. This GPS will simplify Palm customers' purchasing
process since they can get the handheld and GPS from the same manufacturer.
The palmOne GPS Navigator includes a palmOne branded Bluetooth GPS
receiver, TomTom navigation software and TeleAtlas map and POI data.
Map databases include the street level and highway systems data of
US and Canada. The US maps include both Alaska and Hawaii.
The palmOne GPS Navigation package includes a Bluetooth GPS receiver,
a charging cable that can recharge both your palmOne handheld and
the GPS receiver at the same time, an in-vehicle power adapter and
a wall A/C adapter (both can connect to the charging cable via USB),
a German built windshield mounting kit providing a very sturdy holder
that will secure your PDA in an easy accessible position, 8 CD-ROMs
containing TomTom Navigator software and Tele Atlas North America
maps, printed Read This First and Getting Started Guide.
The short printed manuals in the box will show you how to charge
the GPS receiver and how to mount the PDA in your vehicle. Both processes
are quite simple.
To install navigation software and maps, you will need to use the
CDs that come in the box. There are three major pieces of software
you will need to install before using the GPS on your Palm: TomTom
Navigator, Voice Prompt software and at least one map database.
TomTom navigation software comes in 8 major Western languages and
will give you voice guidance in your native language based on the
choice you make at the beginning of the installation. The navigation
software is very easy to install and takes about 1MB memory. Next
you will install the map databases. In the map database installation
window, you will see a long list of databases that you can highlight
and install. This list includes not only the map database of each
State, but also a list of map databases of each State plus neighboring
States. Since there isn't any visual aid to select map data across
the State lines, this list is extremely important for installing
maps that cover more than one State. Each of these databases has
file size marked so that you know how big a storage card you will
need. You will have a choice to install the maps to a card in the
handheld, to a card reader or to the PC.
You will need to HotSync after each installation. Make sure you
have an SD card inserted in your Palm before the HotSync. Once all
the software and map databases are installed, take out the SD card
and insert it back in again, the software will auto start the TomTom
navigation software on your Palm screen.
The palmOne branded Bluetooth GPS receiver gets very good signal
strength and takes short time to get fixes. The 12-channel receiver
takes less 1 minute to get a 3D fix in a cold start and only a few
seconds in warm/hot starts. It consistently tracks 6-7 GPS satellites
in the Silicon Valley area. The receiver is WAAS enabled and has
a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and a power saving mode when the
GPS isn't in use. It also supports NMEA v2.2.
You can access the GPS status via TomTom navigation software. On
the GPS Status screen, you will see general GPS info such as position
info, moving speed, number of GPS satellites in-sight and tracking,
signal indicator and more. Pairing the GPS receiver and a Tungsten
T3 has proven to be painless. Make sure that you follow the short
instructions in the printed manual as it provides important software
activation steps and a Bluetooth access code. The Bluetooth range
between the GPS receiver and a T3 doesn't reach 30 feet, but it has
plenty enough range for using the devices in a vehicle.
You can do route calculations and get driving directions
on your Palm once you've received the satellite signals. To map out
a route, you can enter a new address, use a POI (Point of Interest)
from the database, re-use an address on your Favorite destination
or the Recent destination list, and use your current GPS position
which is very useful if you are lost and have no idea what the street
address is. Once you've enter all the destinations, hit Navigate
to button and you will get the turn-by-turn driving instructions
as well as a 2D or 3D map showing you the route.