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TomTom Navigator 6

Aug
15
2006

TomTom and Palm have taken the wraps off Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone edition which is based on TomTom Navigator 6 software. The new package will include a bluetooth GPS receiver which includes the SiRF Star III chipset.

The new TomTom Navigator 6 software comes with a GB SD card where the maps are pre-installed. The Palm GPS Navigator package will work with Treo 650, Treo 700w, and Treo 700p smartphones.

There are a few new features in TomTom Navigator 6 that version 5 customers might be interested in. There is a new trip planning component which will help you plan a trip based on the your preferred arrival time. If you need to arrive somewhere by 5 o’clock you can let the software know and it will tell you when you need to leave.

Also new is speed limit information, as well as the long awaited contact integration with your phone. You will be able to navigate to an address in your phone directly from the TomTom Navigator 6 software without using the separate “Contacts Navigation” application which came with version 5. Further, the POI database now includes phone numbers so you can call POI through your Treo via buttons on the TomTom Navigator 6 interface.

Initial reports suggest that the voice prompts delivered via the Treo’s speaker was loud enough to hear well. The prompts are muted for incoming calls.

The bluetooth GPS receiver contains the infamous SiRF Star III chipset, as well as a replaceable lithium ion battery. The battery can be recharged through a mini USB port. The package also includes a windshield mounted cradle for your Treo as well as a USB memory card reader and chargers for both your Treo and the Bluetooth GPS.

TomTom PLUS services such as traffic information, safety camera databases, additional voices, etc are available at an additional cost just like other devices which make use of TomTom PLUS.

The Palm GPS Navigator package is available as of today from Palm for a retail price of $299.

19 Responses


  1. I would like some help choosing a navigation system.
    Basically it is between a magellen roadmate 3050t and the palm gps tomtom navigator 6.
    I already have a treo 650.
    Should i buy the palm tomtom to save some money or by the magellen because it is a lot superior.
    Thanks alot your advise is greatly apprieciated.

    russ hillard - November 5th, 2006
  2. Hi Russ – What makes you think the Magellan is superior? In other words are there features on the 3050T that you think you would miss on the TomTom software?

    Tim - November 5th, 2006
  3. Hi Tim, it is Russ again.
    I am writing to ask you about the Garmin Mobile 20 for my treo.
    It seems to offer all the features I would like and is cheaper then getting a whole unit seperate from my treo.
    To get to the point when is it coming out?
    Thanks a lot , Russ Hillard

    russ hillard - November 6th, 2006
  4. We’ll post updates as we have them on the Garmin Mobile 20 page. Right now they are still saying sometime this month.

    Tim - November 6th, 2006
  5. I have TT5 from the previous PalmOne bundle running on a Treo 650 and I now have a 700p. I saw a demo of the TomTom 910 next to a Garmin Nuvi 360 with the version 6 software and I am encouraged.

    What is not clear is if version 6 PDA / Palm OS 5 software will now read out the street and exit names on motorway exits and street turns.

    Version 5 will only tell you to turn “right, then right, then right” etc and tell you an exit number instead of the exit name, which in California is useless since the exit numbers are rarely if ever on the exit sign. V5 prompts in yards instead of 1/4 miles and feet and is not very localized for this side of the pond. Can anyone confirm the following:

    1. Will Navigator 6 on Palm OS now read streets names with the computer voices. (Like the 910)
    2. Will the GPS continue to work during a call, or does it still exit and require a restart if you get a call during a trip?
    3. Does the Palm OS version give 1/4 ,1/2 mile and feet prompts instead of yards?

    Last – Is there a software upgrade? Tom Tom sent a notice out back in September that one was coming, without an actual release occuring. The web site has a posted upgrade TO Navigator 2004. Not very encouraging.

    Schlepper - November 28th, 2006
  6. Hi there,
    Can anyone help? On 28th Nov new maps were released by TomTom6 I was wondering if anyone knew what the version number is?

    Thank You
    Richard

    Richard - December 7th, 2006
  7. I have a Palm T/X. Will I be able to use the TomTom Navigator 6 with this PDA. If so, has anyone advice for me in this regard.
    Thanks TONY

    Anthony Jones - December 13th, 2006
  8. TomTom doesn’t list the T/X as being a compatible device. That could just mean that they have not tested it.

    Tim - December 15th, 2006
  9. I just took back the Tom Tom 6 I bought for my Treo 700W. It was awful. I live in a Dallas suburb. I’d “POI” a restaurant in one city, it would say it was 6 miles away (correct), then navigate me to one 22 miles away. I have blue tooth in my car (which can’t be disabled), I would use a regular headset because I know blue tooth can’t support two devices. But everytime a call would come in the car would answer it and drop it. Marriotts are listed w/out addresses! How am I supposed to know which one I want if all it says is “Marriott Hotels and Resorts”. I bought the Magellan 3050T for $400.00. It is much better for my use. I travel every week and was spending $10.00 per day on Neverlost. Now my Treo is back to normal.

    Jeff - December 20th, 2006
  10. Follow-up to Anthony Jones’s question of December 13, 2006. Is anyone using TomTom Navigator 6 on a Palm T/X? TomTom is of no help on this matter. They just refer you to their obviously incomplete compatibility list. Does anyone know the requirements for a Palm PDA to run Nav 6?

    Mike Girlinghouse - January 3rd, 2007
  11. Tim, I appreciate this forum. I read that Tom Tom’s technical dept is closed till March How can one tell that an “off-the-shelf” GPS model that’s several years old, has the newest maps on it? One reviewer was faced with having to purchase a new map base a few ays after he received his Tom Tom model.

    That has to be a possible problem with all brands. When I buy a new computer I don’t ask the salesman “does it have Win XP as an OS?

    Why do you not mention Mio, Navman, Alpine, Clarion and Cobra in the column to the left? Maybe they’re not popular but there could be a gem among them…

    Thanks,

    Gunther - January 3rd, 2007
  12. Gunther, I’m not sure what you mean by their tech department being closed… I talk to them quite frequently. It depends on the manufacturer how you tell what version maps are on each device. They each have their own way of marking their maps. We do talk about other manufacturers and some of those you mentioned (Mio, Navman, Alpine, and Cobra) are listed in the links on the left.

    Tim - January 3rd, 2007
  13. I just purchased a new treo 700xw and the Tom Tom Navigation 6 package. Plan to install this weekend. and recommendations?

    Turpin Barrett - August 24th, 2007
  14. What are your current recommendations or preferences for GPS software usable now on Treo 650 and on Treo later hardware?

    Nancy - January 11th, 2008
  15. I have a GSM PalmOne Treo 650 and Navigator 6. I cannot get TomTom Home to recognise the device. Any ideas? I have tried everything I can think of, including reinstalling TomTom Home, soft reset of the Treo, etc.

    Fred - April 12th, 2008
  16. I am using Navigator 4.11 and the Holux GR-230 GPS (palmOne PR-230) on my Zire 72. I have no interest in cell phone compatibilities BUT am interested in newer maps. Does anyone know if Navigator 6 will run on the Zire 72?

    Marshall - September 12th, 2008
  17. I have Nokia N95 TOMTOM Navigator 6 working with that .

    duynguyen - March 19th, 2009
  18. I have been using Tom Tom’s Navigator 6 Software & Bluetooth GPS on the Palm TX for a while now and it has been working great. Tom Tom’s website does mention that it will not be updating the Navigator 6 maps for this product. I recently used it for an east coast vacation and it got me out of some detours and real heavy traffic jams. Thanks Tom Tom.

    Gregg - July 21st, 2009
  19. I just got TTN6 from Amazon on CD (not SD). It says it will work with MacOS X 10.3, but my G5 with 10.4.11 spits the disk out. I downloaded Tom Tom HOME from their web site, but it doesn’t recognize my Palm TX, the card, or the card in a reader. I think it I had TTN on the TX, it might see it. Is the software on the original TTN6 CD different than TT HOME currently on their web site? Can anyone point me to explicit step by step instructions for load TTN^ from CD to my TX? I plan to fire up the old Win-XP PC and giving that a shot over the weekend. Thanks for your help!

    Tere - March 5th, 2010



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