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New Palm Treo Smartphone Navigator GPS Edition 2 with TomTom Navigator 6!!!

Yesterday Palm released its absolutely terrific new Treo GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition 2 with the latest version 6 of the TomTom Navigator software for USA and Canada.

As regular Treonauts readers will undoubtedly already know my experience with GPS navigation solutions for the Treo has been absolutely superb (see Travelling with a Treo GPS In My Pocket and Treo GPS: Accessory of the Year) and it’s become an indispensable tool to help me get from A to B as quickly as possible without getting utterly lost while driving in cities across the US.

Until now my favourite GPS kit has consisted of the TomTom Navigator 5 GPS Bundle because its included GPS receiver was probably the single most elegant high-end SiRF StarIII powered one available.  Nevertheless, although the TomTom bundle is beautifully designed and excellent in terms of performance it only includes a receiver and navigation software and requires the additional purchase of a separate vehicle mount as well as a car charger which can bring the total cost to some $350 or more.

Palm’s new Treo GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition 2 bundle priced at only $299 however conveniently includes _all_ the accessories (with a combined value of some $395) that you’ll need to use your GPS solution in the car.  The package consists of:

  • TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software ($149.95 value)
  • 1GB SD card ($44.95 value) pre-installed with map of the continental United States and Canada
  • USB 2.0 SD card reader ($19.95 value)
  • a beautifully designed small and light GPS receiver powered by SiRFStarIII with Bluetooth wireless technology ($129.95 value)
  • Vehicle device cradle with mounting bracket and suction cup pad ($29.95 value)
  • Vehicle power adapter with dual connectors to charge your GPS receiver and Treo smartphone ($19.95)

The package is undoubtedly great but there’s even better news.  Many TomTom Navigator owners had previously complained of the relatively complex procedures to install the navigation software on their SD cards.  With Palm’s new bundle this installation complexity is completely removed because all of the maps already come pre-installed on the included 1GB SD card – the only thing that one needs to do to get started using the TomTom Navigator software is simply to insert the card into your Treo.  Moreover, better still is the fact that the SD card is compatible with the Treo 700p, Treo 700w and Treo 650.

Additionally, the latest version 6 of the TomTom Navigator software among others delivers these enhancements:

  • Better coverage with the latest Tele Atlas maps with coast-to-coast, cross border, door-to-door navigation between USA and Canada
  • Arrival time-based planning so you can calculate when you'll reach your destination-even factor in delays
  • Speed limit information for the roads you're traveling so you'll always know the limit, even between signs
  • Improved point-of-interest searches help you find nearby restaurants, gas stations along your route, attractions in the town you'd like to visit, and more, with greater speed and ease
  • Safety Lock lets you view less menu options while driving for better safety

Overall I believe that Palm has done an incredible job developing its Treo GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition 2 – it offers terrific value, includes all relevant accessories, has a gorgeous new high-end GPS receiver, is extremely simple to install and use and includes the latest version of my favourite TomTom Navigator software.

I cannot more highly recommend to those Treonauts who have not yet had the opportunity to experience GPS navigation on their Treo to give this latest bundle a try.  Meanwhile, those Treonauts who like me already own the TomTom Navigator 5 software will be anxiously awaiting the separate release of just the Navigator 6 software on an SD card as well.

Treonauts are always navigating the world

Posted by Andrew on August 16, 2006 at 09:49 AM

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by Isaac | Aug 30, 2006 3:18:42 AM

To Andrew - You have had the opportunity to test the system out, based on the review by a member here would you say that the sofware version 6 is slower then version 5? Do you notice any differance in performance & speed in the phone & software? Im in canada & there are no stores that carry the system so I cannot get any information. I called a palm retailer in California & the guy was busy so couldnt help me for too long. Would appriciate your help. Thanks mate

by Scott | Aug 31, 2006 10:25:33 AM

I have received TT6 and have tried it out today for the first time. Here is some comments: Let me start by saying I never had TT5 so I cannot compare the two. Yes TT6 comes with a 1GB card preloaded with USA/Canada but I did not want to carry multiple cards so I installed the full version on my 2GB card along with pictures, documents and music files that were already on the card. To me this is a great feature, I do not like to carry multiple cards. I still have room for more, but may upgrade to a 4GB card. Anyway the GPS works perfect. The installation took no more then 5 minutes and the device locked on within 20 - 30 seconds. Once locked on I had a great signal the whole time I traveled. I even put the receiver in my glove box and had a good signal. The full version seems to have all the detail needed for a GPS, but I still need to look into the POI. When transferring to your own SD card the software gives you options such as regions, voices, etc. to choose from. The screen is beautiful and looks better then many other GPS screens I have seen. The system does not name the street you need to turn on but does tell you which direction to turn. I will follow up with more after I use the device a few more times.

by Gregg | Aug 31, 2006 4:17:06 PM

Scott or anyone, Any info you can provide on the POI through the use of this unit would be greatly appreciated. Jeff above says it is not as fully functional as he would like it to be due to the "condensed" preinstalled continental map. That would be a bummer if it has limited POI functionality. Thanks again.

by Isaac | Aug 31, 2006 5:41:31 PM

Scott - Due to my 650 being limited to a 2GB SD card by installing the full full map onto it how much memory would be spared based on your experiance? Thanks mate

by Scott | Aug 31, 2006 10:20:58 PM

I have a 2GB card and loaded all USA/Canada as well as various voices. My SD card had approximately 10 pictures, various excel/word documents and 3 cd's, all at high quality. After all of this I have 705 MB left on the 2GB card. I think I still have a lot of room left but I may pick up a 4GB card, since the prices seem to be coming down all the time. When it comes to POI I have looked through the various categories and it seems like everything from major shopping centers to the mom & pop store around the corner seems to be listed. I personally cannot see needing anymore. I am not sure what is considered limited but it is not for me.

by Isaac | Sep 1, 2006 5:27:33 PM

Thanks scott - At the moment i have consolidated the data on my 2gb down to 1GB so I'm hoping when i recieve my order (When customs decide to release it) i can transfer everything from the stock sd card to my existing unit. Another question: will there be any conflict with software such as ringo pro? If i have the map put onto my existing SD card which also carry the mp3 tones for my phone how will that work or will it still work? Thanks you for your help

by d'Andre Willis | Sep 3, 2006 12:45:08 PM

I received the TT5 just in time for a business trip to New Jersey and was extremely pleased. Got me through several 45 min to 2 hour trips in unfamiliar territory with no problems.

Now my question: is that all there is? Now that I have the GPS reciever, is there any software out there that makes other uses of it? For instance, Garmin and others have applications that are more sports/recreation oriented, such as allowing you to record your route along a run, walk or on the water. Has anyone found additional software available for those kinds of apps?

by Isaac | Sep 7, 2006 2:21:56 PM

Question in regards to the default map. I checked out what was on the DVD & saw that you could add additional maps. The question is are the other maps a breakdown version of the pre-installed default of the whole usa/canada map or are they additional to the default map?

by Baron | Oct 5, 2006 5:58:42 PM

Does Tom Tom offer a POI Loader/Manager so that one can add their own points of interest? Or tour manager to allow the display of voice and pictures?

by Alan | Oct 13, 2006 7:20:06 PM

Does TT6 map include Hawaii?

by Duane Aubin | Oct 23, 2006 2:40:29 PM

I've got two words - "Google Maps."

One day, I may really need all that GPS systems have to offer. But, right now, most of my navigational needs are pretty much covered by Google Maps, for the princely ransom of $0.

by Eric W | Oct 27, 2006 6:51:57 PM

I second the Google Maps comment!

by Neil | Nov 9, 2006 3:58:02 PM

Ive used both Google Maps and TT5 on my treo...its like that saying, "Once you go black, you cant go back"...replace the word black with GPS Navigaton and its not as funny anymore, but the main point still remains.

by jake | Nov 12, 2006 10:31:01 PM

I have TT5 nav and want to know - if i install new version (not an upgrade) of TT6 - will i be able to port my 'favorites' + poi add ins (speed cameras) etc to the TT6 by moving files onto the SD card - if so, does anyone know how to do this? thanks, jake

by Mikki | Nov 24, 2006 4:32:01 PM

Can you download maps of europe into the Nav 6 version?

by jesse | Nov 26, 2006 5:19:27 AM

i have a small ques. my business requires me to be on the phone pretty much all the time. so if i had to find the direction while i am on the phone.will tt6 let me do tht or do i have to hang up and then check if i am going the right way??

by Andrew | Nov 26, 2006 6:42:54 AM

jesse - unfortunately you will have to close TT6 during a call and restart it after to continue your navigation. If you are on calls repeatedly while driving you may want to consider buying a spare inexpensive Treo 650 to use it as your dedicated navigation device in the car so that you can be on a call and use GPS at the same time.

Cheers, A.

by Martha | Nov 30, 2006 11:15:15 PM

I just purchased the Navigator 6 software and installed it on my Treo 700p. When I start the program I select US and then I receive a message that this software is not compatible with my device. Anyone else having issues with this. I see so many people enjoying the software, but it won't work on my Treo. Any help would be appreciated!

by Greg | Dec 6, 2006 3:48:50 PM

I have the tomtom 5 bundle and I just upgrade to the tomtom 6 sd card and use the same transmitter?

by Zeus | Dec 11, 2006 1:02:27 PM

I have a Nav 5 system purchased a year ago for my Treo 650. I just got a new 700P and wonder if it work or do I need to buy the Nav 6 product. Are there any upgrades available from Nav 5 to Nav 6?

by Joe | Dec 16, 2006 3:38:58 PM

I'm looking for navigation software for my Treo 700w. It is my understanding from reading these reviews that I need a seperate GPS receiver in order to use this software. Am I correct? If so, is there any software/system available that I can use with my phone that does not require a seperate piece of equipment? I'm trying to carry along as little as possible. Thanks.

by Mark | Jan 2, 2007 11:47:52 PM

I have a 650 and the new Palm TT6 bundle. I used it between San Diego and LAX and many points in between last week and was blown away. Wow. This is incredible. My question to anyone is: My software version indicates: 6.000. In the check for updates icon, I clicked it and found there is an update. I tried like heck to figure out how to get this update downloaded and installed but in all the documentation on Palm and TomTom's websites, I can't figure this out. Anyone have a clue?

Also, does the speed or brand of SD cards i.e. Scandisk Ultra or Extreme III make any difference in performance?

by Larry | Jan 3, 2007 12:43:43 PM

will the back light stay on the treo 700p while using the gps

by David | Jan 6, 2007 12:04:10 AM

I bought this but I have the new 680. Do you know if Palm is going to write a patch for the 680 or should I return this?

by Johnny | Jan 10, 2007 12:56:27 AM

But here is a problem... suppose you have a TREO 750 (I just purchased one)
which doesn't support the standard SD any more only miniSD, and you are interested in this product ?????
I really think that the engineering and product development of the GPS package should be towards to the miniSD format and not to the standard SD.

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