“ Garmin Mobile XT - European Maps „
The Garmin Mobile XT mobile software provides GPS software and maps for use on your mobile phone. After recently Upgrading my phone I was in the market for a satnav for my car, when I discovered that I could spend a similar amount of money and get software to turn my mobile into a GPS making it much more portable.
The software retails for around £40 online for the UK/Ireland version and around £120 for the full European maps.
The software was extremley easy to set up on my Nokia phone, and unlike other phone models I did not have to purchase a separate bluetooth gps receiver, as my phone has built in assisted GPS (agps) which uses phone networks as well as satellite info to calculate its position.
I have used this sofware hundreds of times to get to places and it has never once failed me. I have uploaded the speed camera database, but like everyone, I dont break the speed limit. As the software is on your mobile, it can also be used if you are walking back from a night out, if you cant remember where you live.
Overall a great buy, well worth the investment.
Garmin are a relatively new company when it comes to GPS (Global Positioning Systems), yet with this product the seem set to face up to competitors TomTom and the like.
---What is it?---
In a nutshell, this is a microSD (memory card) that slots in to your Windows Mobile, Palm, or Symbian phone; which in turn gives you a GPS navigation system at your fingertips. You need never get lost again - wherever you are in Europe. It also provides coverage where you wouldn't have normal phone signal - which means you have directions when you need them the most. In fact, you can even check for traffic, weather & CCTV cameras.
The card itself is tiny, yet provides state-of-the-art 3D graphics on your handset. It makes TomToms sound pointless and means your car will never get broken in to for your sat-nav.
Perhaps the best feature of the Garmin Mobile XT is that it also has voice directions. There is literally nothing better about an expensive satnav than this. In fact, this product is better due to its portability and ease of use.
Please note that if you are a Blackberry user, this product will not work for you - however Garmin have made a similar product especially for the Blackberry:
---To Buy or Not to Buy?---
Buy. If you travel much and have a Windows Mobile, then it seem stupid not to. There is nothing i can fault about the software, it seems reasonably priced and is much more portable than a satnav. 5/5
Minimum requirements for Windows Mobile®, Palm® and Symbian® devices: 16MB program memory, 128MB storage card minimum (256MB or more recommended), 2GB storage card for full coverage
Add full-featured navigation to your GPS-enabled smartphone with Garmin Mobile XT. Just plug this data card into your compatible phone and start navigating.