Following Thomas' recent TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 review, Palm today announced the Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition, featuring new TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software. Drivers using the new GPS Navigator with their Treo smartphones can rely on voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions to easily find their destinations as well as millions of points of interest, including gas stations, restaurants, parks, airports and more. TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 is available today exclusively for Palm's GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition.
Palm's new Bluetooth enabled SiRFstarIII GPS receiver, which features a sleek design and easier-to-see LED lights, seamlessly pairs with Palm Treo 650, Treo 700w and Treo 700p smartphones. The product is simple to set up, thanks to a 1 GB memory card preloaded with maps. Travelers simply pop the memory card into their Treo smartphone and pair the GPS receiver to access highway and street-level maps covering the United States and Canada. No desktop syncing or downloading of maps is required. Using the smartphone's high-resolution screen, TomTom's NAVIGATOR 6 software automatically shows the receiver's (and hence, the car's) current location.
"Smartphones are expanding the market for mobile navigation," said Jim
Schwabe, general manager of accessories for Palm, Inc. "The beauty is that
this powerful GPS solution is always readily available because it's part of
something people are carrying anyway - their Treo smartphone."
"The convergence of portable navigation devices is growing in the United States,"
said Jocelyn Vigreux, president of TomTom. "Palm's bundle offering with
TomTom's new NAVIGATOR 6 software reflects our joint efforts to continue
providing customers with essential smartphone solutions. The Treo smartphone
series provides an ideal platform for portable navigation."
TomTom is the leading provider of personal navigation products and services.
TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software offers coast-to-coast and cross-border navigation,
as well as new and enhanced options. New features include trip planning based on
preferred arrival time, speed-limit information and integrated navigation to the smartphone's contact list.
The Bluetooth technology-enabled receiver identifies the car's position using
satellites. By communicating with the GPS receiver via Bluetooth, the Treo
smartphone obtains real-time location information and displays 3-D maps on the
Treo smartphone's high-resolution screen. After a destination has been
programmed, TomTom NAVIGATOR gives voice-guided, turn-by-turn instructions in
one of more than 30 available voices. It will also automatically recalculate a
route after a wrong turn, avoid roadblocks or circumvent traffic congestion.
At US$ 299 (estimated U.S. street price), Palm's GPS Navigator Smartphone
Edition includes a Bluetooth enabled SiRFstarIII GPS receiver, TomTom NAVIGATOR
6 software featuring the latest Tele Atlas maps, a 1GB memory card with
preloaded maps of the continental United States and Canada, a vehicle device
cradle with windshield mount and a charging system.
Cheers ~ Arne