Now Your Mobile Phone Can Help Get You Home

By Hughes-Morgan, Mark | The Evening Standard (London, England), June 20, 2003 | Go to article overview

Now Your Mobile Phone Can Help Get You Home


Hughes-Morgan, Mark, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: MARK HUGHES-MORGAN

SO you want the latest traffic alert and navigation gizmos but can't afford them. Never fear: you can now get them on your handheld computer and mobile phone. But are they worth having or should you rely on your A to Z?

Here we put three systems to the test.

TOM Tom Navigator. The best palmtop computers now boast excellent colour screens and fast computing power, making satellite navigation through a decent handheld worth having: put it on the dashboard and, with help from a GPS device, you can follow your progress with metre-accurate mapping and voice prompts. The latest version works with several palmtops - we tried it with the iPAQ 3850.

New features include routing around the congestion charge zone and 3D graphics. Really impressive.

Disadvantages? Dangling wires and useless cradle system; and you need to buy significant extra computer memory for bigger maps.

The iPAQ 3850 costs around [pounds sterling]370 (www.hp.com), the TomTom Navigator 2 GPS and mapping package is [pounds sterling]269, (www.tomtom.com).

TRAFFIC-I. It is debatable how useful those advance traffic alerts you can call on your mobile are, but that has not stopped Sony Ericsson making its nifty P800 organiser/camera phone compatible with the Trafficmaster system. …

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