Toshiba Portege G710 GPS smartphone

Toshiba Portege G710

The Toshiba Portege G710 is a smartphone for Europe that comes with Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), GPRS Class 10 and EDGE, Integrated SiRF Star III GPS receiver, 2.4″ TFT LCD screen with 320×240 pixel resolution, OMAP TI processor at 266 MHz, 2MP digital camera with 8x digital zoom, 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of ROM, Bluetooth 1.2 compatible A2DP (stereo), microSD card slot, MiniUSB 1.1, 1,050 mAh lithium-ion battery with 200 hours of endurance stand-by and 3 hour in communication, Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard.

Nothing special in my opinion: low resolution screen, very little storage, weak camera.

It was announced back in January and it looks like it will be available to buy any day now got about $450 (before any provider subsidies).

Toshiba Portege G710 via navigadget

$99 for lifetime Garmin Navigation on BlackBerry

Garmin Navigation on BlackBerry

Garmin has announced that you can get a lifetime Garmin GPS service subscription for your blackberry for $99.

That’s the phone’s lifetime not yours but it still seems like a good price considering there is no monthly fee and the service offers turn by turn directions, 6 million points of interest, constantly updated maps, gas prices, traffic delay rerouting, weather forcecasts, and more.

Seems like a great service for a crackberry addict who doesn’t want a seperate navigation system in their car.

via Garmin blog

Asus P560 PDA Phone, why did they bother?

Asus P560 PDA Phone

Convergence between phones GPS and PDAs is a really hot topic at the moment and the P560 is Asus’ latest offering for Europe that claims to offer all three.

We don’t like it: a 2.8″ 320×240 LCD is useless for a GPS navigation system, and the lack of a physical keyboard severely limits it’s functionality as a PDA. What does that leave us with? a bulky blocky phone.

If you are still interested here are the specs: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, A-GPS compatible SiRF Star III receiver, 2.8″ TFT LCD touch screen (320×240 pixel), TI Omap 2430 Processor (450 MHz), Quadband GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G dualband and HSDPA, 256 MB ROM, 128 MB RAM, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.2 and 0.3 megapixel cameras , microSD card slot, and 1150 mAh battery.

Dimensions are 4.7″ x 2.4″ x 0.5″ and it weighs 4.20oz. Cost is expected to be around 500 euros ($775) when it comes out in June.

So what’s our idea of the perfect GPS PDA phone? something with the form factor and sexy looks of an iPhone, a VGA (minimum) touchscreen at least 3.5″ but preferably 4.3″+ (if it would still fit in our pocket), and a slide out QWERTY keyboard (or support for a bluetooth keyboard).

What’s your ideal combo phone? comment below (anonymously if you want) and let us know,

Asus P560 PDA Phone at Navigadget

TomTom Go 930 Reviewed

The TomTom Go 930 GPS navigation system has been reviewed by trusted reviews. The main new features of the TomTom Go 930 are it’s supposedly intelligent routing and lane assistance.

Here’s what they thought of the TomTom Go 930:

“So are the additions worth the extra cash? For now, I’d have to say – surprisingly – no. The new x30 range undoubtedly maintains the 720′s position as king of in-car sat-navs, with its improved route-finding abilities and lane assistance. But the changes, though innovative and useful, aren’t the sort of major improvements you’d want to upgrade for, and while stocks of the x20 range still exist, the older models represent a better deal.

If you want the ultimate in-car sat-nav, money is no object, and you don’t have one already, the 930 Traffic and its slightly less expensive brethren are most certainly the devices to beat. But I recommend you wait a while before buying one until the price drops by £50 or so.”

TomTom Go 930 review at Trusted Reviews