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      19.03.2011 12:40



      Good PDA but not for outdoors

      I got this item to replace my Mio 168. It was bought second hand from Ebay at a decent price of £70.

      I bought it for hiking navigation and was not that struck by it so sold this item on.

      For a simple Navigation and PDA unit it was okay but not for outdoor use really.

      The unit runs on Windows operating system and so sync with your PC very well and has all the normal Outlook, Word and excell you would expect. It has Wifi and so as long as you have a WiFi router you can get emails and the like from it with is useful.

      For navigation it has the highly sensitive SirfStar III GPS chipset, you can receive signals from up to 20 satellites for extremely accurate positioning, even in the toughest terrain. This is what the manufacturers state but in reality it is not that good. For road use it is fine but as soon as you get to the middle of nowhere or hiking it was not that good and didn't tend to find GPS very well or hold ot very well.

      As a change from the Mio 168 the GPS reciever is intergrated and so compact and does not feel like you are about to break it! it fits in your pocket nicely nand neatly.

      The Bluetooth facitlity works okay but not as quick as most new devices and as for the Wifi, I found the internet very slow on it and not worth the wait!

      There is a memory expansion slot for Sd amd MMC cards which is very good for maps and photos and the like but does mean paying out for more meory cards. It is a shame the internal memory is not larger.

      This item is now discontinued and so any purchases will be second hand and to be honest there are better items out there. If you are going for a PDa then maybe this would be fine, just dont expect too much. If you are going for navigation then think of womehting which is created for that purpose only like the Satmap or Garmin. This is not waterproof and takes too long to find GPS at your location. I had Memory Maps and Anquet maps on it. Memory maps ran smoothly and was quite good to navigate through. Anquet maps kept sticking and was not really very compatable with this unit.

      I was glad to get rid of this and get something which was more designed for outdoor pursuits.


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