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Garmin Mobile PC One for the road

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Garmin Mobile PC One for the road

Garmin Mobile PC software brings navigation to your PC for a reasonable price but with some drawbacks.

With the popularity of Intel Atom-based mini notebooks that last five to six hours on a single charge, I recently started thinking about another possible use for it — as a GPS navigation device.

Of course, since no mini notebook currently on the market has built-in GPS, you can’t just get an out-of-the-box experience with it — for one, you need at least an external GPS unit which connects to your mini notebook via USB or Bluetooth.

If you already have a Garmin Bluetooth or USB GPS receiver, then you can use that, but the good thing is that Mobile PC isn’t limited to Garmin-branded GPS receivers.

The software works with all third party GPS units, but with one limitation. We’ll talk about this later.

The other requirement is that you have to download a local map. You can download one from www.malsingmaps.com, which has a free map that was last updated on February 2008.

The regularly updated maps are only available if you actively contribute to the website’s mapping effort.

By the way, there are shops in Kuala Lumpur which sell the software but it is a little cheaper if you buy from an online site like www.semsons.com/garmin.html.

UNIQUE: The 3D map interface in Garmin Mobile PC is where all navigation happens. If you don’t like the 3D interface, you can still opt for the traditional 2D view.

DETAILED: The 2D view gives you a more detailed map for a visual search of points of interest.

Conclusion

Based on functionality alone, the Garmin Mobile PC software is excellent — it provides all you need for navigation as well as a few more features found only in high-end Garmin Nuvi devices.

The only problems really arise from the choice of notebook you install it on and whether you get loud enough audio or battery life to justify using it as a navigation tool.

So the answer is yes, Mobile PC is great, but you need to consider the limitations of your notebook before you use it.

Pros: Lots of features; easy-to-use interface; voice navigation; compatibility with Malsingmaps maps.

Cons: Using it on a notebook in dim light can be a bit fiddly.

Garmin Mobile PC

(Garmin Ltd)

GPS navigation software

System requirements: Windows 2000 SP2/XP/Vista, 256MB RAM, 1.3GB HDD space

Features: Garmin Online

Price: US59.90 (RM200)

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Nokia 6700 Inspired by the past

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Nokia 6700 Inspired by the past

CONTINUING the legacy of the Nokia 6300, the Nokia 6700 classic comes with a 5 megapixel camera, assisted GPS navigation with Nokia Maps and high-speed data access, meaning sharing images or video is faster and easier than ever.

Key features include the stainless steel cover, MicroSD memory card slot and built-in Uplink Noise Cancellation (UNC) to remove background noise.
Recommended retail price: RM1,140.


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Nokia E75 E is for email

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Nokia E75 E is for email

GET the full desktop email experience with the latest Eseries device, the Nokia E75, which comes with the company’s new email user interface and Nokia Messaging service.

The enhanced email UI includes folder and HTML email support, expandable views and sorting capability by date, sender and size, as well as the most commonly used email functions just a single click away.

The device comes with full Nokia Maps and assisted GPS with integrated threemonth licence for turn-by-turn navigation, and a great gaming experience with N-Gage on board. With Ovi Files, also included on the Nokia E75, important files stored on a PC can be remotely managed and shared, even when your PC is switched off.

Recommended retail price is RM1,950.

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