GPS/Sat Nav

By October 17, 2013 Read More →

Android on your helmet

skully2_thumb.jpgThere is a new device on the block and it’s called the “Skully P1″ and it’s actually an Android-powered motorcycle helmet which can let you see what’s behind you with an Augmented Reality overlay. This innovative device actually has a rear-camera built-in and displays a 180-degree AR view of what’s behind the rider.

That’s not the only cool thing about this high-tech armour. It also includes a Skully Synapse HUD integrated into the helmet visor. This makes it appear the HUD is floating about 20 feet in front of the riders vision. This HUD includes two different views. One incorporates the rear view display as previously mentioned, but the other offers detailed turn-by-turn navigation. This HUD uses a lithium-ion battery which will hold a charge for nine hours of use

As mentioned, the helm uses Android for its OS, and will integrate with other smartphones from Androids to iPhones. The OS also includes voice controls for playing music, getting directions, and more. The manufacturer will launch an SDK for app developers later in 2013. No details on pricing have been shared just yet.


By February 17, 2010 Read More →

Garmin’s offerings

DSCN0782There were a couple of devices from Garmin at Mobile World Congress this year. I paid particular attention to two of them, the M10 and A50. With the focus primarily on Satellite Navigation they run both Windows Mobile and Android as the title of each phone might suggest. I played with the A50 for a long enough to ascertain that the Operating System runs very well and the facelift looks well, the GPS navigation client isn’t the fastest when scrolling around, I have shot a short video showing this and will upload it once I return. 

Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav
By September 19, 2009 Read More →

CoPilot Live 8 Review


CoPilot has been around for some years now and so I thought I would test out there latest version and compare it with some other mobile navigation applications. The big question though is will it be as good as TomTom?

CoPilot Live 8 Review

CoPilot Live 8

I have been using sat nav since the very first TomTom was released, and I still cringe when I think that I paid over £500 for that first one!

Over the last few years I have used three TomTom stand alone devices, TomTom navigator and Nav n Go IGO8 on a Windows Mobile Device. Due to my job I spend on average five hours a day driving and each day to a different location, so I thought I would be the perfect person to give CoPilot a decent review.

Key Features:

  • Lane Guidance at junctions
  • Guidance in tunnels
  • Turn after turn indicator (display shows next two turns)
  • Speed limit alerts
  • POI’s
  • Live traffic information (subscription required)
  • Live search
  • Livelink location sharing
  • Weather
  • Fuel prices


  • Superb Map Display
  • Big selection of features


  • Non QWERTY Keyboard
  • Rather Complicated Volume Controls

CoPilot Live 8 Review:

I downloaded Copilot for my winmo device and at £25.99 for the UK & Ireland map CoPilot Live 8 is an absolute bargain. The new TomTom version for the iphone is £59.99 so lets see if the cheaper option is better than the trusted market leader.

At present CoPilot is available for Windows Mobile, Iphone and Android devices. With the surge of Android devices creeping onto the market CoPilot will cover a huge number of handsets over the next twelve months.

Turning the CoPilot on for the first time I was pleasantly surprised how colourful the software was. Initially you are greeted with a small menu overlaying the map to enable quick navigation.

Launch Menu

CoPilot launch menu

As you will see in the picture above this menu allows for easy access to My Places, Settings, Mode (driving, walking etc) as well as Destination which dives straight into navigating to a new location.

The “My Places” option gives you a choice of four options for quick access to your favourite and recent destinations and using this section was smooth and simple.

My Places

My Places

Selecting “Destination” from the initial menu is where you enter a new location and this is where it gets a little tricky! As you will see in the picture below there are several options here but the “Address” one will be the most commonly used.

Selecting Destination

Selecting “Destination”

Actually entering the address on CoPilot has been a little disappointing, although if you have not used sat nav before you will not have the same frustration that I do. That frustration is that the input keypad on CoPilot is not QWERTY and there is no option (that I can find) to change it. I use a QWERTY keypad on not only my computers but also on my phone and having to then use something different takes me a hell of a lot longer to enter the text. All other sat nav software I have tried, including some free ones that use a data connection, have either a standard QWERTY key pad or at least the option of one.

Key Pad

CoPilot Key Pad

As with all the other sat nav’s available CoPilot lets you change most options, such as map styles/colours, map display and points of interest.

POIs Map Styles

POI’s & Map Styles

The POI’s were as good as on TomTom and the Safety alerts were just as reliable. You will see above there is a speed limit warning  option. I though to myself “great, this will come in handy on the motorway”, however the highest speed I managed to set it for was 30MPH so as you can imagine it was extremely annoying alerting me whenever I reached 31 MPH.

The other major issue I had with the Copilot was how hard it was to mute the volume. Most of the time when I am driving I don’t like to listen to the spoken instructions and I rely on the map and onscreen prompts. Although CoPilot can be muted it takes seven screen taps to do and then return back to the map and this did my head in. Every time I restarted CoPilot I had to do the seven screen taps once more.

The most important feature with any sat nav has to be the reliability of getting you to your destination correctly and the CoPilot has not let me down once. I must admit it has taken me on a few routes that I know TomTom would not have but I got there and quickly, whether I input the full address or just the postcode.

My favourite feature of CoPilot has to be the actual display when navigating. Not only do I love the map colours but also the layout of the onscreen information.

Everything seems to be in the right place and they have managed to fit a lot onto a relatively small display (depending on handset).

As you will see below the CoPilot offers lane guidance which is a nice feature and really comes in handy when you don’t know where you are going!

CoPilot Navigation Display

Copilot Navigation Display


So, how does CoPilot Live 8 compare to its rivals?

In terms of navigation it is certainly as good and at that super low retail price its sure to do pretty well.

Will I be continuing to use it as my daily sat nav – No. I actually got my TomTom back out today and this was only due to the keyboard and volume issues I had. If these were rectified I would probably stick with the CoPilot.

A good effort CoPilot and I look forward to new versions in the years to come.

Posted by: James

Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav, Reviews
By March 7, 2009 Read More →

QSTARZ BT-Q1000X GPS data logger review

The other week I mentioned that I was looking for a way to geo-tag my photos and came across the QSTARZ BT-1000X gps data logger. Now that I’ve got my hands on this little GPS unit does it live up to my expectations and deliver a simple geo-tagging solution?

GPS Data Logger

The QSTARZ BT-1000X data logger


What’s in the box?

The QSTARZ BT-1000X data logger gps unit, car charger, USB Sync/Charge cable, leather pouch/belt holder, manual and software CD-ROM.


QSTARZ BT-1000X GPS data logger specification:

  • POI button: Record point of interesting by pushing the red button
  • 32 channel: Base on MTK chipset solution, can trace signals for 32 satellites simultaneously. The fast position fix, cold start < 36 sec, hot start< 1 sec
  • GPS Chip MTK GPS Module
  • Frequency L1, 1575.42MHz
  • Tracking -158 dBm
  • Cold Start: 36 sec, average
  • Warm Start: 33 sec, average
  • Hot Start: 1 sec, average
  • Reacquisition: < 1 sec.
  • Bluetooth: V1.2 compliant (SPP profile)
  • Class 2 (15 meters in open space)
  • Frequency: 2.4~2.4835 GHz
  • Power On/Off Slide switch
  • Power Charge Mini USB
  • NMEA-0183 (V3.01) – GGA, GSA,GSV, RMC(default); VTG, GLL(Optional), Baud rate 115200 bps, Data bit : 8, stop bit : 1(Default)
  • 72.2 (L) X 46.5 (W) X 20 (H) mm
  • Standard Fully Compliant with USB2.0
  • Full – Speed 12Mbps


Looking around the device:

There isn’t a great deal to see to be honest, looking at the top/front there’s a small red button that’s used for marking waypoints or points of interest. Around this button you’ll find 3 LED’s that indicate when the unit is charging or needs charging, is connected via bluetooth and has a GPS signal.

GPS Data Logger LEDS

QSTARZ BT-1000X LED display


On the right hand side of the unit there’s a single mini-USB connector that’s used to download/upload data as well as to charge the device.

GPS Data Logger right side

QSTARZ BT-1000X right side

On the left hand side of the GPS unit is a three-position switch. There’s the obvious off position and then in the middle is the NAV mode. With the switch in this position the unit works like a regular external Bluetooth GPS receiver. Putting the switch in to the LOG position records the GPS position and time in to the units memory at give time intervals.

GPS Data Logger left side

QSTARZ BT-1000X left side

There isn’t much more to be seen on the unit apart from a removable cover on the bottom which allows you to replace the battery.



  • Fast acquisition
  • Excellent reception, even indoors
  • Long battery life
  • Accuracy while moving



  • Software badly translated from Chinese to English
  • Only PC drivers
  • Accuracy while stationary



The QSTARZ BT-1000X comes in a neat and well presented box and has all the cables and software that you need to get up and running and it really doesn’t take long to get started.

First of all the battery has to be installed in the unit, this means simply removing the bottom cover and inserting the battery. According to the manual we’ll have to charge the battery for 16 hours the first time but as we can sync and charge at the same time we can set the unit up at the same time.

All of the software that you need to set up and use the QSTARZ BT-1000X is supplied on an 8cm CD-ROM. This is a bit of a problem for me (and quite a few people these days) as I have a laptop with a slot loading CD/DVD drive that cant take these small disks. So we have to go to another PC to copy the install files to the laptop. No big deal but worth considering.

On the disk we have three main items. First of all we have the software driver so that our PC will recognise the GPS unit, naturally we have to install this first and we need to make sure we complete the driver installation before we connect up the GPS. Once the driver is installed and the GPS connected Windows reports that a new GPS device is connected and working.

Next it’s time to install the software. First we install the Travel Recorder PC utility. This application is used to configure the GPS unit, upload the AGPS data and to download the recorded tracking data. Here we can also change the logging settings so that the unit logs the position every X seconds or based on movement, every X metres.

The first thing I did here was to upload the AGPS data to the GPS unit. This takes just a few seconds and the AGPS data is valid for 5 days. I’m not sure why it’s only 5 days as most other GPS units I have used have AGPS data for 7 days. This cant be changed though.

Turning the unit in to logging mode by moving the switch to log the GPS LED is initially solid orange, this means that the unit is on and looking for a signal. Within about 20 seconds the orange light begins to flash. The flashing orange means that the unit has a GPS fix and is logging data at the previously defined interval. The amount of time the unit takes to get a GPS fix is truly amazing – sitting indoors with the unit on the table and starting it from cold it will generally establish a fix in well under one minute.

The QSTARZ BT-1000X has an amazing reception, the bulk of the unit must be an antenna. Having use the unit for the past few weeks it’s actually more unusual for it not to have a GPS fix, I’ve been using it in the car, on the train, in the office and in each case, despite being either in my pocket or in my laptop bag the unit barely misses a beat. In fact it seems to be quite difficult to block this unit from picking up a GPS fix!

The battery life of this unit is also impressive. Leaving the unit switched on in log mode the battery easily lasts a couple of days. When the battery begins to run low the power LED flashes red but obviously you have to remember to check the unit to see this and because the unit just works and is pretty much trouble-free it’s easy to forget this.

The QSTARZ BT-1000X also has a dedicated NAV mode where it can be used as a ‘normal’ external Bluetooth GPS receiver. In NAV mode the unit pairs easily with your PDA and gives you the benefit of an extremely accurate and sensitive GPS unit. Sure there are plenty of mobile devices with built in GPS but show me one that can get a cold GPS fix in seconds and will work almost anywhere and have a battery life measured in days. Built in GPS units are poor in comparison.

One feature that is undocumented on the QSTARZ BT-1000X is that if you set up a Bluetooth partnership with your mobile then you can connect to the GPS even when it’s in LOG mode so you can use the logging feature and navigation feature at the same time. As I’ve been carrying the QSTARZ BT-1000X in my bag with it switched on all the time I’ve found this feature to be really useful – when I want to use Sat Nav on my mobile I simply turn on TomTom and because the GPS is already on and working and has a position fix I can start using the Sat Nav within seconds rather than waiting for the internal GPS to acquire a signal which in some cases can take several minutes. This is a handy feature but remember to set the Bluetooth partnership up with the unit in NAV mode as it’s not discoverable in LOG mode.



Apart from the device drivers there are two main software titles on the CD-Rom that comes with the unit.

The first is the GPS Travel Recorder Utility. In addition to being used to configure the GPS unit as I’ve already briefly mentioned, the Travel Recorder Utility is where you’ll download your GPS log data. There are a number of ways to use your GPS track data. You can display your tracks on a map thanks to the Google Maps plugin, you can export your track data in a number of formats so that you can use it with other software or you can use it to add geotagging data to your photographs.

It’s the geotagging that I was particularly interested in. Before you go ahead and use the unit and your camera you’ll want to make sure that the date and time is set correctly on your camera. The software uses the time stamp on the image in combination with the GPS track in order to work out where the photo was taken.

In practice the process is really simple – when you get back from taking all your photos you transfer them to a folder on your computer and then open up the Travel Recorder to download the GPS data. Once you have loaded your GPS track you simply point the software at the folder containing all of your photos and it will then go through them all looking at the times from the exif data and then work out where you were when the photo was taken. Having done this is will then show you the positions on the map. You also have the option of writing the GPS position data back to the EXIF of the Image file which is really handy if you are going to be using the photos in another application that supports geotagging such as iPhoto or Flickr.

The software even allows you to create funky webpages with maps and photos.

Travel Recorder

GPS Travel Recorder Utility


The last piece of software on the CD is called Visual GPS. This is a more simple piece of software that allows you to connect to the GPS and see position data and satellite information in real-time. It show you the raw data being received from the GPS unit as well as your altitude, speed etc.

It’s useful to see what the GPS is up to at any given time and to check that it’s working but I think that it’s use is fairly limited. You cant make any configuration changes in this application although you can capture and save GPS data as an NMEA file if you want.

Visual GPS

Visual GPS




The QSTARZ BT-1000X is an excellent GPS unit for both data logging and GPS navigation. Definitely the best and most sensitive unit I have ever used. I bought it for geo-tagging photos but ended up using it as an external GPS unit with my HTC Touch Diamond.

I just wish that they unit had drivers for the Mac even if I could just download the data from the units memory.

If you are looking for a way to geo-tag your photos to use with iPhoto, Googlemaps of Flickr then the combination of the QSTARZ BT-1000X and the supplied software really does mean that it’s a piece of cake.

The QSTARZ BT-1000X gets my thumbs up!


Posted by: Matt

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Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav, Reviews
By February 5, 2009 Read More →

QSTARZ BT-Q1000X data logger

The other day I started looking at different solutions for Geo Tagging my photos. There are quite a few ways to achieve this from GPS dataloggers that will accept your camera’s memory card and update the EXIF data to solutions that connect to supported cameras. Unfortunately my Canon EOC 50D does not allow you to connect an external GPS unit (unless you buy a £800 wireless transfer unit) so my only option is to look for an external solution.

That’s when I came across the QSTARZ BT-Q1000X which looks like an ideal option for me. Not only is it reasonable inexpensive but it has a 42 hour active battery life but can also log over 200,000 positions in memory at 15 second intervals which is good for over 30 days worth of data, perfect for logging your position when you are on holiday!

I’ve just ordered the BT-Q1000X and will be trying out as soon as it arrives. I’ll let you know how I get on and how I end up tagging my images!


QSTARZ, a global leading GPS brand, is proud to introduce the BT-Q1000X as the most powerful Travel Recorder in the world. With the MTK II technology, people will be able to enjoy the faster fix time, longer battery life and 1-5Hz eXtreme mode. With the exclusive Wizard interface in Travel Recorder software, it makes photo geo tag easiest than ever.

MTK II technology

• Adopt MTK II latest chipset with high sensitivity -165dBm and 66-Channel tracking

• Ultra lower power consumption up to 42hrs operation

• Less than 15-Sec. AGPS fix support: download almanac data to realize faster TTFF and positioning under warm start

• Update Rate 1~5Hz changeable by utility provided

• G-Mouse + Bluetooth in one: wired and wireless GPS receiver



Hardware feature

• Stand-Alone travel recorder to log up to 200,000 records (*)

• Easily switch Travel Recorder to LOG mode or NAV mode (Navigation + Log)

• Support button push manually to memorize your location immediately

• Auto On-Off function for smart power control

Personal/Portable Navigation (PDA, Smartphone, PC, etc.)

Travel Recorder T

• Support Multi-mode setting to record data (Vehicle, Bicycle, Jog)

• Provide Travel Recorder PC Utility V4 with built-in Google Map, Multi-language support, and Visualization UI

"Wizard interface" for Utility to easily manage importing and exporting tracks

• Provide RaceChrono 5Hz software for high speed sport racing

• Auto track split function helps you organize your travel path

• Support Track Edit function allowing you to remove unnecessary waypoints

• Track playback function, changeable different track color and name

• Active NMEA protocol VTG / GLL manually via Qstarz setup tool

• Output your travel record as GPX / PLT / CSV / NMEA / Google Earth file format.

• Draw your navigation path immediately on Google Earth as default

• Support GeoTagging function for digital photo and generate KMZ file easily

• The waypoints would be decreased when the more options of Log Format are selected

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav
By December 2, 2008 Read More →

Touch HD & CoPilot News

The team at have just given us some great news based on an eMail from ALK/CoPilot :


The current version of CoPilot that you are stocking actually supports the Touch HD rather well, and we are simply working on an enhanced version that will improve screen resolution and also operate in landscape mode. In terms of updates, ALK will eventually post the new Touch HD version for existing customers to download when it becomes available.

So if you want a copy of ALK Copilot 7 for your Touch HD then click here for the European version and here for the UK & Ireland version

Posted by: John

Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav
By September 5, 2008 Read More →

Glofiish X610 and V900 by E-TEN

Announced back in February, the Glofiish X610 and V900 are finally nearing release (or so E-TEN claim).

V900_TVMode_left_screen  X610_Front_screen

V900 & X610

Whilst we know that the X610′s specs aren’t screaming out "I’m fantastic", it’s a pretty good looking device with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. The more "I’m Fantastic" of these two is the V900, a device that can handle DVB-H, DVB-T, T-DMB, and DAB broadcasts on a VGA display that certainly doesn’t hurt its case.

So far, the launches on these two are noted simply as "soon," so best keep your eyes open for further release details (or subscribe to our blog via RSS)

We have been promised a trial of these units soon so again watch out for our usual un boxing video’s and detailed reviews.

In the meantime lets have a look at the specs that come with these handsets.


Glowfiish V900

First of we will look at the V900:

  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional (Crossbow)
  • Samsung S3C 6400 533 MHz Processor
  • 256 MB Flash ROM, 128 MB SDRAM
  • 2.8", 640 x 480 (VGA), 65,536 colors, TFT-LCD
  • 106 (L) x 60.5 (W) x 17(18.15) (H) mm
  • 147g
  • HSDPA / UMTS ( 2100 / 1900 / 850 MHz )
  • Quad-Band GSM?850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • GPRS class 10 / EDGE class 10
  • Bluetooth® v2.0 class 2 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate),
  • WiFi IEEE802.11b/g Certificated
  • Digital TV
  • DVB-T / T-DMB
  • GPS
  • Embedded SiRF Star III chipset, TMC function supported*,
  • FM 76 ~ 108MHz, support Channel Search
  • FM Transmitter
  • 87.5 ~ 108MHz
  • Built-in 3.0 mega pixels Auto-Focus CMOS camera, up to 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • 0.3 mega pixels Fixed-Focus CMOS camera for conference call usage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Built-in microphone and speaker, external stereo headset jack, hands-free mode supported
  • USB Sync, Composite TV out support
  • Touch screen for stylus or fingertip, navigation button, power button, send/end button, record button, volume control, left soft-key, right soft-key
  • Lithium Polymer rechargeable with 1,530 mAh capacity
  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional, Microsoft® Office Outlook® Mobile (Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Inbox), Picture, Notes, Microsoft® Office Word Mobile, Microsoft® Office Excel® Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile, ActiveSync, Calculator, Game (Solitaire, Bubble Breaker), Voice Recorder, Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® Mobile, MSN® Messenger, Microsoft® Transcriber*, Windows Media® Player 10, Direct Push Technology, Microsoft Reader* (* subject to change by region)

E-TEN Exclusive Applications

  • Phone Tools: Phone Application*, Phone Setting, SIM Toolkit, Speed Dial, Call Filter, Wireless Modem, Wireless Manager, Dialer Skin, Add Ringtone, CSD Type, Voice Commander*, Connection Wizard, SMS Sender, SIM Manager, Video Telephony (*subject to change by region)
  • Multimedia Tools: Image Wizard, Image Maker, Multimedia Manager, Camera, Camcorder, FM Tuner* (*subject to change by region)
  • MMS Composer* (*subject to change by region)
  • Utilities: Quick Link, Battery Meter, Zoom SMS, Bluetooth Manager, M-Desk, Scenario, Backup Utility, Namecard Manager
  • GPS Tools: Location SMS

Packing List

  • Glofiish V900, stylus
  • USB sync cable
  • AC adapter
  • headset
  • leather case
  • getting started CD
  • quick start guide
  • standard battery
  • TV-out cable

Accessories (Optional)

  • USB Sync Cable
  • AC adapter
  • car-charger
  • car-mount
  • battery pack
  • Bluetooth® Headset
  • leather case
  • headset
  • TV-out cable


Glowfiish X610

So now lets look across to the X610:

  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Samsung SC3 2442 400 MHz Processor
  • 128 MB Flash ROM, 64 MB SDRAM
  • 2.8", 320 x 240 (QVGA), 65,536 colors, TFT-LCD
  • 107 x 58 x 14.7 mm
  • 134g (with battery)
  • GSM/EDGE Quad-band: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • GPRS/EGPRS Class B, Multi-slot Class 10
  • Bluetooth® v2.0 class 2 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • WiFi IEEE802.11b/g Certificated
  • GPS
  • Embedded SiRF Star III chipset, TMC function supported*, (*subject to change by regions)
  • Built-in 2.0 mega pixels, Fixed Focus CMOS, up to 1600 x 1200 resolution
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Built-in microphone and speaker, external stereo headset jack, hands-free mode supported
  • Mini USB Sync, headset jack
  • Touch screen for stylus or fingertip, navigation button, power button, 2 quick application buttons, send/end button, record button, volume control
  • Lithium Polymer rechargeable with 1,530 mAh capacity
  • Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional, Microsoft® Office Outlook® Mobile (Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Inbox), Picture, Notes, Microsoft® Office Word Mobile, Microsoft® Office Excel® Mobile, Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® Mobile, Microsoft® Office OneNote® Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile, ActiveSync, Calculator, Game (Solitaire, Bubble Breaker), Voice Recorder, MSN® Messenger, Windows Live TM, Microsoft® Transcriber*, Windows Media® Player 10, Direct Push Technology, Getting Started, Microsoft Reader* (* subject to change by regions)

Glofiish Exclusive Applications

  • Phone Tools: Phone Application*, Phone Setting, SIM Toolkit, Speed Dial, Wireless Modem, Wireless Manager, Dialer Skin, CSD Type, Voice Commander*, Connection Wizard, SMS Sender, SIM Manager (*subject to change by regions)
  • Multimedia Tools: Album, Camera, Camcorder, FM Tuner, MMS Composer
  • Utilities: Spb Mobile Shell, Quick Link, Battery Meter, Zoom SMS, Scenario, Backup Utility, Quick Bar, Task Manager, Memory Optimization, Backup Utility, Default Setting, Application Recovery, System Information
  • GPS Tools: Satellite Data Update (Not supported in USA), Location SMS, GPS Viewer
  • Free Download Programs: Image Wizard, Image Maker, Birthday Reminder

(The programs are posted on the website: for downloading)

Packing List

  • glofiish X610
  • stylus
  • USB sync cable
  • AC adaptor
  • headset
  • leather case
  • getting started CD
  • quick start guide
  • standard battery

Accessories (Optional)

  • USB sync cable
  • AC adaptor
  • car-charger
  • battery pack
  • leather case
  • headset

I’ll let you make your own mind up as to which device is best of these two but for me I’m gonna go with the "I Don’t look too great but I am fantastic" one.

Posted by: John

Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav
By November 5, 2007 Read More →

ALK release CoPilot version 7

ALK, the people behind the fabulous CoPilot sat nav software have just released the latest version, v7, of CoPilot Live.

CoPilot Live 7
CoPilot Live 7

The award winning CoPilot Live 7 has arrived! With completely redesigned map views, a simpler user interface and the latest street maps – CoPilot Live is now better than ever.

Providing full-featured voice-guided satellite navigation onboard a mobile phone, CoPilot Live 7 offers the same performance and ease of use as a dedicated or in-dash system. Redesigned destination entry makes going to places simple, with step-by-step address entry, finger-touch buttons and predictive address matching. Frequently used features are quickly accessible such as changing the view, finding a detour or locating the nearest petrol station or car park.

The new 2D and 3D map views on CoPilot Live 7 enable drivers, cyclists or pedestrians to see their exact location and the way ahead clearly and easily using their mobile phones. As with all CoPilot navigation solutions, Driver Safety is the priority so by default a map is only shown close to a turn or junction, progressively zooming-in before returning to the non-distracting safety screen. Comprehensive voice directions are spoken at each turn, further removing the need to glance at the screen.

CoPilot Live 7 incorporates the latest street mapping and points of interest from NAVTEQ with streets of Western Europe accurate down to house number and 7 digit UK post code. Additional map regions are available to purchase and download from the supplied CoPilot Central desktop companion, including Eastern Europe, South Africa, Australia, Middle East and North America.

Now you can enjoy the same navigation experience on your Smartphone or PDA as you’d expect from a dedicated or in-dash system.


  • NEW! Smooth and clear 3D/2D maps, 3D Points of Interest Icons and choice of colour schemes
  • IMPROVED! Redesigned user interface with larger buttons, simplified destination entry and choice of keyboards
  • NEW! Route preview – review an entire trip before you set off.
  • NEW! Updated Points of Interest with ‘call a POI’ feature
  • NEW! walking, cycling and motorcycle routing options
  • NEW! Speech Engine- natural voice directions provide clear instructions in over 20 languages
  • NEW! CoPilot Central Desktop planning software
  • One Software Version: for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones
  • IMPROVED! The lastest NAVTEQ maps with updated full UK postcodes and additional world map options
  • IMPROVED! Real-time traffic service optionally available (certain regions only)
  • Head on over to the CoPilot Live website for more details.

    Posted by: Matt

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    By October 28, 2007 Read More →

    Mio Digiwalker P560 preview

    We just managed to get our hands on the new Mio Digiwalker P560 demo unit and thought we would share a couple of photos. As it’s a demo unit there is no unbox video yet, but that will be here online just as soon as we have the retail boxed version.

    Mio Digiwalker P560

    Mio Digiwalker P560
    Mio Digiwalker P560
    Mio Digiwalker P560

    The all new Mio P560 is the upgrade to Mio Digiwalker’s very successful Mio P550.

    With similar specification as the P550, the Mio P560 benefits from improved design and ergonomics as well as Windows Mobile 6 classic operating system.

    Windows Mobile 6 and a 3.5” display gives you increased functionality in dealing with your everyday tasks. View and edit Word and Excel files, view a PowerPoint presentation, all from the palm of your hand.

    Need to access your email away from the office? Simply utilise the 802.11b/g WiFi connection to download your emails with ease.

    Need to get somewhere? With an in-built SIRFStar III GPS receiver, satellite reception is fast and accurate, enabling you to travel easily to your destination (software required).

    For further functionality you can use the Bluetooth 2.0 connection to connect to other mobile devices and peripherals.

    When its time to relax, you can sit back and enjoy the media facilities of the Mio P560 thanks to Windows Media Player. Store movies, music and images on an SD or SDHC card and enjoy quality video and audio playback.

    Mio Digiwalker P560 Specification:

    • Windows Mobile 6.0 Classic
    • WiFi 802.11 b/g
    • Bluetooth 2.0
    • Built In GPS
    • SDHC/MMC expansion slot
    • Processor: 400 MHz
    • Memory: ROM 2048MB/RAM 64 MB
    • Display: 3.5” Colour transflective TFT , 240 x 320
    • Wireless LAN 802.11b, 802.11g
    • Satellite Navigation: SiRF Star III , 20 channels
    • 170 grams (battery included)
    • Dimensions: 72 x 115 x 17.8mm

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    New Sat Nav devices from Lonely Planet & Route 66

    ROUTE 66, the personal satellite navigation pioneer, will soon be announcing the launch of its new MINI and MAXI ranges of ultra-slim navigators. The new personal navigation devices (PND) run on the same award winning software used to power the Nokia 6110 Navigator handset. The sleek 19 millimetres thick brushed-steel devices come in either a 3.5 inch screen (MINI) or 4.3 inch widescreen (MAXI) and both are suitable for pedestrian and in–car navigation.

    Route 66 Mini
    Route 66 Mini
    Route 66 Maxi
    Route 66 Maxi

    The MINI and the MAXI are both available in regional (UK and Ireland maps) and European (all of Europe map) versions. Users who purchase the MINI or MAXI regional versions can download additional maps directly to the PND, be it an individual city for an impromptu weekend away or an entire country providing users with the capability to tailor the device to individual travelling needs or upgrade it to full European capability. In addition users who buy a Route 66 Mini or Maxi will be able to download Lonely Planet guides absolutely free.

    We’ll bring you more news as we get it.

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    Posted in: GPS/Sat Nav
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