Handheld voice guidance

Global positioning systems are a valuable asset for anyone who is constantly on the move. Lost time spent trying to backtrack, or pinpointing your position with cumbersome street directories or foldout maps, can be avoided with a simple GPS setup.

The Mio 168 doubles as a PDA, is approximately 147g in weight and can fit snugly in one hand. It's powered by a 300MHz Intel XScale processor and Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC operating system. The backlit 3.5in display supports 65,000 colours and has a resolution of 240x320 pixels. The Mio 168 comes bundled with TravRoute Co Pilot Live 4.5 software for navigation and covers all the States of Australia (the text-to-speech function even has an Australian accent).

A SD/MMC slot is used to load the maps onto the device via a memory card, so additional maps of the US or UK can be purchased ($799 each). Using the bundled car windshield mount and cigarette lighter adaptor, we tested the device throughout Sydney and found the directions and estimated time of arrival outputs to be very accurate. The software took a bit of getting used to but, after a while, travelling to unfamiliar environments was as simple as entering the details and heading off on our own magical mystery tour.

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