TomTom Navigator 6
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.