Global positioning systems are really coming down in price at the moment, making them an excellent investment for anyone who needs help finding their way in unfamiliar places.
A product of a recent collaboration between PalmOne and ViaMichelin, the PiN (Personal information Navigation) device is the latest PDA-based GPS solution from Navman. The company has chosen a 3.5in colour display, Windows-based PDA running Pocket PC 2003 (with a built-in GPS antenna), MP3 playback and recording functionality, and SmartST's V2 navigation software. Unusually, the map view is 3D and you can set a route that deliberately avoids certain roads or areas. You get turn-by-turn voice instructions and quite a detailed 3D view.
The cable-free, handheld device arrives with details and street maps covering all states of Australia and works while driving or walking (no taking wrong turns in unfamiliar cities, then). Often-used addresses and routes can be saved as Favorites and can integrate with contacts stored in a Pocket version of Outlook.
If you enjoy driving holidays, don't want to go through the middle of town or like to steer clear of the tolls at all costs, this device could be very handy.
Navman PiNPrice: $1049
Distributor: Dick Smith Electronics (Power House Stores)
Phone: (02) 9642 9100