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NAVIGATION: TomTom launched TomTom Navigator 6
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 30.08.06 - 20:16:45 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 24570x
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After TomTom prereleased TomTom Navigator 6 exclusively with Palm, today TomTom also released it's latest GPS-based Navigator product for a broader range of devices, incl. Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones.
TomTom Navigator 6 integrates TomTom Navigator 5 and TomTom MOBILE 5 into one multi-platform solution for PDA's and Smartphones - TomTom Navigator 6, the ideal solution for customers who need their PDA or Smartphone and navigation system integrated in one personal device.
TomTom will unveil both a regional and European version of Navigator 6. The regional version will come with detailed maps of a customer's country or region, as well as including the major roads in Western Europe, for seamless cross border navigation. The European version features complete door-to-door navigation anywhere in Western Europe.

Key New Features
Users of Navigator 6 can also take advantage of TomTom's innovative desktop software application TomTom HOME, which enables users to easily manage, download, store and transfer content and services to their device. TomTom HOME is compatible with both a PC and MAC. TomTom Navigator 6 also includes TomTom's innovative TomTom Buddies service, enabling authorized TomTom users to locate each other and send instant messages.

Other new key features of TomTom Navigator 6 include:

  • Contact navigation: Navigate direct to contacts stored in your address book
  • Arrival time planning: Plan a route based on your desired arrival time
  • Expanded Points of Interest searching: Navigate to a POI near current driving location, near home, near destination or along route
  • Speeding alert: Notifies the driver if they're speeding, even if they're not in navigation mode
  • Pre-installed Safety Camera database: The most up-to-date available list of safety cameras is pre-installed
  • Safety Lock: Disables a number of menu items before driving, ensuring that maximum attention is kept on the road
  • Realistic visual instructions: Visuals replicate road signs, making them easier to follow
  • Pedestrian navigation view: 2D map which is fixed in one position to allow better orientation when navigating on foot

TomTom Navigator 6 will be available from September 2006. It is available as a stand alone software product or bundled together with a PDA or smart phone through retailers. TomTom Navigator 6 with navigation software and the maps of a country/region plus major roads of Western Europe on memory card, will cost 99 Euro.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Turtleman on 31.08.06 - 22:37:13

Hi Arne, hi guys,

I am glad to see that there is more than only Route 66 for my Qtek 8310. As far as I see it, we have two potential candidates for a smartphone navigation software test by now, or am I wrong?

Arne, wouldn't that be an idea? I believe that smartphones and navigation systems are a natural match, but since neither of the mentioned software is available as a trial, it is kind of hard to decide who to go with.

An independent test from you would be more than welcome!

Thanks for considering that!

Posted by edwin on 02.09.06 - 20:26:53

I believe route 66 is not even an option for a WM5 QTEK 8310 smartphone, only for some Symbian and PPC phones.

Navigon and Destinator offer competitative windows smartphone navigation products, and while both are good competitors on the smartphone TomTom is the best in my opinion (not saying this for the PDA or all-in-one navigation products). We will see what navigon 6 will bring us.

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