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#1

Thomas Chan

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Registered: 10.07.2006
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I used to haul around an IPAQ 3830 with a SysOn Compact Flash GPS using iGuidance navigation software as my portable GPS system. After I upgraded to a T-Mobile MDA couple months ago, I have been shopping around for a good Bluetooth GPS device with easy to use navigation software. Last month, my brother in law went to Denver for a business trip and my sister tagged along. She bought a TomTom Go Vehicle Navigation System, went all over town and was very satisfied with it. I thought if my sister, who is not a techie at all, can use it, the user interface must be pretty good. So I went over to www.buygpsnow.com and looked for a TomTom GPS bundle. I bought my old SysOn and iGuidance bundle from them before. Their price is reasonable, so as their delivery and customer service. I picked TomTom Navigator 5 USA + OnCourse SiRF Star III Bluetooth GPS Receiver for Pocket PC for around US$ 200. The GPS receiver has the latest GPS technology. It also comes with a free Arkon vent mount. I signed up as a member and get a 5% discount as well.


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#2

lvermont

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Registered: 19.10.2003
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Very good review, i enjoyed reading it. At first I though this was about the TomTom mobiler 5 GPS supporting the MDA Pro. I have the Imate Jasjar and would consider installing TomTom on it if it's support. From your article it seems windows modbile 5 is supported.

I currently use an older Imate Pocket Phone edition (WM2003) as a dedicated in car GPS, oddly enough using a wired GPS receiver from Pharos. (Pharos was the first GPS PDA solution I had before upgrading to TomTom USA back in 2004). The Bluetooth receiver bundled that I got with TomTom I use for business trips.

Regarding the switching between media player and tomtom, you are correct in that there is no easy way to like minimise the TomTom app. However what I found was that if you exit TomTom, then go back into TomTom you will continue on your planned route.
So as long as you have a planned route it will pick up where it left off from.

Regarding the point of interest viewing, yes this is a pain to view the full information. However you can switch the view around in TomTom to a landscape view. This may not be very practical at times as I'm not sure of a PDA holder that is wide enough for landscape operation. Additionally if you do a hold and tap, you should be able to see the POI details, but I'm not sure how practical that would be while driving.You can also add your own points of interest.

I'd definately like to try the traffic solution. In Atlanta that's a good thing to have.

Regarding outdated maps, there are a few instances in older sections of towns where TomTom is not updated. In a recent trip to St. Simons Island I came across a non existent road and a road which is now a one way! As with any automated driving aid it's very important to pay attention to the instructions given.

I've not found it that hard to read the navigation details eg. time to destination, current time, distance etc. but then I wear glasses smile

Last edited by lvermont (13.08.2006 03:01:33)


- Lee-
Current PPC Phone:Tmobile Wing
Past PPC Phones: Tmobile PPC PhoneEdition, Imate x2, Imate PDA2K,Imate JASJAR

#3

Thomas Chan

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Thanks, Lee.  Glad to hear that the review was helpful.

I believe TomTom Navigator 5 software does support imate Jasjar, based on the following link:
http://www.tomtom.com/products/features … Language=4

Actually, I found out one way to minimize TomTom is to press the phone hang up button on my MDA.  You can restore TomTom using the small icon at the bottom task bar.  Probably better than waiting 30-40 secs for it to initialize.

For the POI issue, I have reported the problem to TomTom and they said they don't have solution or workaround at the moment.  I did try tap and hold.  The moment I release the tap, it will navigate to that place even though that entry may not be the place I want to go.  I found out if I tap, hold and scroll, I can see details on all entries without navigating to them.  But I have to drag my tap to the down or up arrow to avoid navigating to any of them, in case I don't find the one I want.  This is the best workaround I found so far.  Yes, I assume everyone is/should setup their destination before driving, not during, for obvious safety reasons.  ;-)

You are right, landscape mode is not practical, unless the mobile device holder can accomodate.

Regards,

Tom

#4

lvermont

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From: Atlanta
Registered: 19.10.2003
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Thomas Chan wrote:

Thanks, Lee.  Glad to hear that the review was helpful.

I believe TomTom Navigator 5 software does support imate Jasjar, based on the following link:
http://www.tomtom.com/products/features … Language=4

Yeah, thanks. I found it too after checking their support pages. Their support page is outdated for the new products supported. I've seen the upgrade patch so I'll give that a spin.

Actually, I found out one way to minimize TomTom is to press the phone hang up button on my MDA.  You can restore TomTom using the small icon at the bottom task bar.  Probably better than waiting 30-40 secs for it to initialize.

Great, I'll give that a try next time. Thanks for that tip.

For the POI issue, I have reported the problem to TomTom and they said they don't have solution or workaround at the moment.  I did try tap and hold.  The moment I release the tap, it will navigate to that place even though that entry may not be the place I want to go.  I found out if I tap, hold and scroll, I can see details on all entries without navigating to them.  But I have to drag my tap to the down or up arrow to avoid navigating to any of them, in case I don't find the one I want.  This is the best workaround I found so far.  Yes, I assume everyone is/should setup their destination before driving, not during, for obvious safety reasons.  ;-)

You are right, landscape mode is not practical, unless the mobile device holder can accomodate.

Yeah, I'll need to see what types of PDA holders out there for the Imate JasJar for landscape mode.


- Lee-
Current PPC Phone:Tmobile Wing
Past PPC Phones: Tmobile PPC PhoneEdition, Imate x2, Imate PDA2K,Imate JASJAR

#5

Arne Hess

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lvermont wrote:

Yeah, I'll need to see what types of PDA holders out there for the Imate JasJar for landscape mode.

PDA holder specialist "Brodit" has such a JasJar holder which works both - portrait and Landscape:
http://pics.haltershop.de/pic/artikel/big/96/968649.jpg
Not sure if Brodit itself is available in th U.S. as well but it looks they have a U.S. partner called ProClip USA (Tel +1 608 838 89 50 - http://www.proclipusa.com): http://www.proclipusa.com/?sectionpath= … mp;p_year=

A fellow user group member is using this holder for his JasJar as well and he is very satisfied.


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