HP has officially announced the new line of its mobile devices. Along with new WM6 phones and a GPS navigator, HP is launching the 100 Series “Classic” and 200 Series “Enterprise” edition PDAs.
Both models are based on Marvell PXA310 624MHz CPU, and have 64MB of RAM, 256MB of ROM, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, and color touchscreens. Both featured latest version of Windows Mobile 6 OS.
100 series has a 3.5-inch, 240 x 320, RGB screen, Mini-USB, and SDIO card slot,
200 series has 4-inch, 480 x 640, 260k screen, 24-pin and Mini-USB connectors, plus SDIO and CF card slots.
HP has presented the new Windows Mobile 6 Smartphones.
First one the 600 comes with Marvell PXA270, 520MHz Processor, 128MB of RAM, 256MB of ROM, integrated GPS, 2.8-inch 320×240 touchscreen, 3 megapixel camera, WiFi, and Windows Mobile 6 Professional and only numeric keypad. This is a clear competitor to HTC Touch, which is the best 2.8′ WM6 SmartPhone so far.
The 900 series phone has a standard QWERTY keyboard, and only 2.46-inch square display, other specs remain similar to 600. This model will compete wth Blackbery-style devices.
My most popular post in this blog is my 9 month old guide about GPS Solution for Your Car using PocketPC and bluetooth GPS unit.
Several things changed during this period so I think it is time for a small update.
1. Dell dropped its whole PocketPC line.
2. Mapopolis went out of business.
1. Price dropped for bluetooth GPS units. (My unit now is Holux M1000 32 Channel MTK GPS) ($50 at BuyGPSNow)
2. Developer of the best GPS software for PocketPC finally presented its product to the US Market. It called onCoursce instead of iGo but it still the same soft with same great performance and comfortable interface.
You are about to buy this new car-of-your-dreams and still thinking about spending another $1500 on this very nice built in GPS Navigation system? You already checked TomTom and Garmin $700 complete systems? Still looking for something cheaper and better?
Today I tell you how to put an excellent GPS Navigation solution in your car for just about $500 if you start from scratch or just for $200 if you already have any PocketPC with Bluetooth available.
What do you need?
1. Any PocketPC with Bluetooth. Currently cheapest one is Dell X50 520 for $299.
2. Bluetooth GPS. Cheapest place when I’ve found them is buyGPSNow.com. There are several different models. I currently have Holux GPSlim 236(SiRF III), but if I am on the market for one today I am probably going to get the Rikaline GPS-6033(32-channel). (or may be this Solar Powered Bluetooth GPS from yesterdays post.) buyGPSNow.com is also giving vent mounting kit with any order for free. This is very good because we will need this kit for our project.
3. Software. Now it is time to tell you why this solution is much better then built-in or standalone GPS. What options you have if just don’t like the software built in your car? It may have non-accurate maps. It may have weird interface. Only one thing you can do about it – get another car. Same thing for this standalone device. Only for PocketPC I was able to found 19(!) different navigation software packages. All of them have different maps, different interface, and different look and feel. Everybody can find the perfect one for himself. I personally use Mapopolis
, but you can try IntellyNav, TomTom, Destinator, coPilot or any other one.
So. Let’s start.
1. Install your Vent PDA Car Mount holder.
2. Get PocketPC, charge it, and put it in the holder.
3. Charge your GPS unit, turn it on, and put it somewhere in your car where it can see some clear sky.
4. Turn on Bluetooth and Create a Bluetooth partnership
* Tap Start -> Settings -> Connections tab -> Bluetooth.
* Tap “Turn on” Bluetooth button or checkbox.
* Tap Bluetooth > Devices tab > New Partnership. Your device searches for other devices with Bluetooth capabilities, and displays them in the list.
* Tap the name of your GPS device, and tap Next.
* In Passkey enter an alphanumeric passkey between 1 and 16 characters, and tap Next. (You be able to found this passkey somewhere in you GPS device documentation)
* Tap Finish.
5. Connect to the GSP Unit. Tap your new paired device wait for the menu and then tap Connect.
6. Start your favorite Navigation Software. Set-up or Start GPS inside it. (if you are using Mapopolis Tap Tools->GPS->Start)
7. Turn on your car engine.
You are ready to drive.
My first GPS devise was HiaCom Mouse GPS system. It works ok, but it required special Car Charger to Pocket PC to GPS wire which cost almost as much as GPS unit itself. And s soon as I have changed my PocketPC to a newer model I decided to update my GPS to its bluetooth version. It is much much better. I can use it with any PocketPC or Laptop and I don’t have all that wires running through my car. But I still need one. Not all the time, but one wire from car power outlet to GPS unit to charge its battery. And guess what? Not anymore!
Some company called Proporta presents Solar powered Bluetooth GPS Receiver
The Proporta Solar Bluetooth GPS Receiver is a powerful in-car satellite navigation system that pinpoints your location precisely anywhere in the world, communicating wirelessly with your PDA/Smartphone or other mobile computer.
Unlike rival systems the Proporta Solar Bluetooth GPS Receiver adds the convenience of solar charging to an already-powerful GPS system, so it’s ideal for walkers and cyclists as well as motorists.
Of course my first question was about price tag. Manufacturers site claim $109.95, which is really no different from non solar powered GPS units. Looks like I found my next GPS receiver and got rid from the last wire in my car.