The average GPS satnav is a boring rectangular affair that will stick out like a sore thumb if you tried to mount one to a scooter. But just because you drive a curvaceous classic Vespa doesn't mean you won't ever get lost, so TomTom has created an adorable circular satnav designed to complement your scooter.
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So the GS2 won both the Readers' Choice and Editor's Pick in the 2011 Gizmodo Awards — but how does it stack up as a GPS replacement for the car? Giz reader Jason takes it for a test drive.
Though released late 2009, TomTom's XXL 540 is still a current model usually priced up to $300. It's got a massive 5-inch touchscreen, 3D modes, speed camera data and IQ Routes (factors in peak hour, traffic lights, etc). While $149 seems like no brainer, the hard part might be working out if it can fit on your dash.
TomTom kicked up a privacy duststorm last week by admitting it had sold users travel data to Dutch police so they could better place speed cameras. According to David Ramli at the Financial Review, TomTom Australia is set to sell your data to the highest bidder later this year.
When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab at IFA back in September, they made a big deal about the fact it would double as a satnav out of the box using Google Maps' Navigation software. But Google doesn't offer turn by turn navigation software for Australia yet, so it's good to see that Samsung has partnered with Navigon to offer Navigon mapping on the Galaxy Tab, straight out of the box.
Now that iOS4 is out of the door, most apps need a quick update to support multitasking. TomTom's first with a multitasking navigation app, but CoPilot and Navigon have both shown off what to expect from theirs too.
Here's a question for the gadget-loving truck drivers out there: How many times have you misjudged the height of your truck, crashing into the bridge above you? How many times have you forgotten to keep the truck in a low gear while descending a steep hill? Because if you'd had Garmin's nüvi 465T satnav installed, it would have helped you avoided those schoolboy errors that you've probably never actually made.
It seems that this week is the week I end up with too much to actually play with. On top of a couple of things from last week (I'm still playing with the Ricoh GXR and the Sony Bloggie), I've added a couple of TomTom satnavs (the Start and the Go 750), a Soniq iPod dock (iM600k) and a Windows 7 tablet from Handii.
Ovi Maps has been a focal point for Nokia in the last few weeks since they gave it all away for free, so it's not surprising a hardware company wants to use their turn-by-turn navigation for cars.
No surprises here, with both the WinMo-running M10 and Android-powered A50 both leaked in January by Asustek's president. The partnership between Garmin and Asustek has resulted in a few lacklustre phones, but the A50 actually sounds more than decent.
It was sadly predictable, especially after the exact same thing happened last October when Google released their free turn-by-turn navigation. Cheer up though TomTom and Navigon - at least you've got iPhone apps, right? Oh.