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New Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition 3 Released

Palm yesterday released its new Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition 3 which includes an updated version of the terrific TomTom Navigator software  (see my review Travelling With A Treo GPS In My Pocket) that is now finally compatible with nearly all Treo smartphones models including the Treo 650, 680, 700p, 700w|wx an Treo 750.

As you can appreciate from the comparison chart below, aside from the fact that the Edition 3 will finally work with the Treo 680, the main difference between this and the previous Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition 2 model is actually extremely slim.

Yes, the included windshield mount & holder (pictured above) now features a sturdy swivel mount (similar to the iGrip Custom Fit Sturdy Swivel Mount that I recently reviewed) and also a new holder (again similar to the new iGrip Custom Fit Holder) but as things stand I would currently still recommend choosing the GPS Navigator Edition 2 over the new Edition 3 for two reasons:

  1. Price: Considering that the price difference between both units is nearly $70 (after $50 mail-in rebate) I’m not quite sure what the added value of the Edition 3 represents (Treo 680 owners aside).  Even if you preferred the new mount & holder you could buy the iGrip model for $19.95 and still save some $50.  I therefore consider the Edition 2 to offer much better overall value (at least for as long as the current mail-in rebate promotion is running).
  2. GPS Navigator update for Treo 750 and 680: the fact is that well hidden within Palm’s Support pages there is already a dedicated section to help current GPS Navigator Edition 2 owners to very simply update the software [please use this link to download the PalmOS update software – Thanks Darek] on their existing TomTom 6 card to work with the Treo 680 and Treo 750.

Since the launch of its first GPS solution Palm’s Navigator kit has always offered excellent overall value and this latest Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition 3 is no exception.  Having said this, while supplies and rebates last, the previous Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition 2 offers even better value.

There is no doubt that adding a GPS navigation solution to my Treo some 18 months ago has been one of the single most rewarding experiences that I’ve had with my smartphone – I am still amazed every time I use it and so do an increasingly larger number of Treonauts.

Treonauts always find the best value

Posted by Andrew on February 9, 2007 at 01:17 PM

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by Mark O | Feb 9, 2007 1:58:24 PM

Also, Tom Tom just released an update to the 6.01 software, for the cost of s/h. I may have to try the iGrip holder, though. The holder with the ver.2 doesn't comfortably handle the Treo with the charger attached

by Alex | Feb 9, 2007 2:18:31 PM

You might also remind your readers that Tom Tom after sale support continues to be almost non-existent...as you alluded to at one stage in a previous post.

by wes | Feb 9, 2007 2:40:37 PM

i have a question on the tomtom software. what if i change treos (upgrade or buy a new unit), will i lose the license to use the gps software on the future treo i would own?

also, can i install the gps software and use it on 2 different treos (not simultaneously, of course)? i have a 680 and so does my wife. it would really be great if we could use/share the same gps navigation system whoever needs it for the day.

by blue212 | Feb 9, 2007 2:59:13 PM

The one thing that has always held me back from buying a GPS solution for use with my Treo is: What happens when you need to use the phone? Can you make/take a phone call and have the GPS program continue to run in the background? If not, what happens when you make/take a phone call?

by carl | Feb 9, 2007 4:46:11 PM


I think you can move the TomTom software to a new phone once, but I'm not certain about that.

You can't activate the software on two phone simultaneously.


If you're using TomTom and a call comes in, the Treo goes to phone mode so that you can answer the phone.

In my experience, after I end the call I then have to launch TomTom Navigator again and it will resume the last route before the call. I've read elsewhere that TomTom will automatically relaunch after the call, but that isn't my experience.

by humbleB | Feb 9, 2007 5:05:50 PM

Has anyone tried to download the TomTom Nav update for the 680? Everytime I try, the page is not found. Used firefox and explorer, but no avail. Strangely, I can download the 750 update.
Anybody use the TomtomNav6 with another gps receiver on their 680? If so please post experience with it. (name of receiver and if any hiccups)

by Tyson | Feb 10, 2007 1:04:09 PM

Question: is the Treo screen really big enough to help you in navigation? I am afraid of buying one of these GPS solutions because it seems the screen is too small and too far away to be of use during GPS use. Where have you successfully mounted the Treo to have this work for you?

Thanks for your help.

by Isaac | Feb 10, 2007 4:37:39 PM

Palms Canadian store is selling this version for $1 more then the Smartphone edition 2.

by Fr. B | Feb 10, 2007 5:57:37 PM

I'm with HumbleB. I just purchased my Navigator 6 and was doing fine. I recently upgraded to the Treo 680 and need the update. Anyway to get it? It's not working through your posted link.

by Fr. B. | Feb 11, 2007 5:22:21 PM

Well I called the Treo support line (not easy to find)and talked to Mary. A very nice lady. She checked out the link, checked the URL, and got about as far as we did. The 750 works, the 680 doesn't. She sent in a report to see what's wrong. I'm a bit suspicious about all of this.

by Darek | Feb 12, 2007 2:07:35 AM

You can use the following link, it is working:




by Andrew | Feb 12, 2007 5:44:55 AM

Darek - thanks for the link! I was also getting annoyed that the PalmOS TomTom update link wasn't working.

Cheers, A.

by Tyson | Feb 12, 2007 8:19:10 PM

Can anyone provide feedback regarding the usefulness of the Treo screen size for GPS in your car? Please see my comment above.


by saftab | Feb 12, 2007 10:12:15 PM

Why don't treos have built in receivers like so many other phones.

by Darek | Feb 13, 2007 3:21:38 AM

To Tyson,

I thinks the screen is perfect. I installed it on the windshield, right to the steering wheel. It is the autozoom feature in 3d view that gives you perfect visibility. I am using seidio GPS g2350 mount with built-in GPS, because I switched from Treo 650 where I could use only one Bluetooth device. Now, with Treo 680,you can have both Blutooth GPS and Bluetooth headset. In fact instead of headset I am using Alfa Romeo's car system Blue&Me and both Treo 650 and Treo 680 integrate very well (event better than in Alfa Romeo's specification). The only problem is that Treo 680 is a bit slower with car system, but as I figured it out on various forums, there is a room for improvement in this area.

I think that after this update Tomtom Navigator 6 is finally something I wanted. Now after answering the call (when Tomtom is on) it switches back to navigation and automatically mutes voice commands. You can continue both converstion and navigation. This is great!

Another useful feature about navigation in the Treo vs mounted systems is that I can plan my route ahead, not in the car, and when I enter the car I just put Treo into the mount.


by Paul | Feb 14, 2007 5:29:46 PM

First time here. Loaded the new SmartPhone 3 on newish Treo 680. Everything worked fine until I tried to save my preferences. Got an error message that preferences could not be saved because of a file error. All works, but I have to keep starting from scratch. Any thoughts?

by Gyro | Feb 16, 2007 1:19:34 PM

Another comment ont the screen size:
As long as I keep it mounted at chest-level within easy reach, it's quite easy to read. If you try to just rest it on the center console or passenger seat, the map isn't as easy to read, but the spoken directions will still serve you well.
A question for MarkO - where do you find an update to Navigator 6.01? I can't find it on the TomTom page.

by Helen | Feb 17, 2007 1:39:41 AM

I am having the same problem Paul - getting the file error too. I thought I would just try again in the morning as it is raining out and I didn't want to stand in the rain to get the best gps signal. Thought maybe the signal had something to do with it, but after reading your comment, might be an issue here. I am going to try a soft reset and then system reset if needed and see if that will help. The system reset has worked the two other times I needed it, so we will see. Rats - I don't like issues! Helen

by Helen | Feb 17, 2007 3:28:37 PM

Paul, lol, I have been on the phone for over an hour trying to find support for the file error issue. Finally the guy at tomtom said he would have to have someone call me back. Out of frusteration I decided to mess with things. Well, as I was using my mini card reader for the first time to see what exactly is installed on the sd card that came with the gps, I happened to notice that there is a small lock switch on the side of the card. LOL - if you switch it to unlock, behold it will save all of your preferences.
Treonauts can be taught... =o)

by Paul | Feb 18, 2007 2:25:45 AM

Why oh why is that which should be obvious so often missed? Thank you, Helen. Unlocking the card did the trick. "Perhaps if I had read the manual ... " Now I can say I'm quite happy with the product. Questions will two develop but the only one I have now is: why do I have "Navigator" icons. One has, to the left of the name, a small "blue thingy" that looks like a tiny Treo 650. Tapping either icon seems to bring up the same application.

by mercere | Feb 23, 2007 1:56:26 AM

I've got a Cingular 650 with SD card that keeps popping out; Scotch tape is the only solution I've found...any better ideas? I carry it in a hard belt case & it still pops out occassionaly.

I'm new, and have not figured out how to copy my contacts over to the SD card. Help?


by john | Feb 23, 2007 1:51:28 PM

I have a 8 gb card and would like to install the software on it instead of switching cards. Will this work?

by Shyam | Aug 27, 2007 5:20:07 AM


I bought a Garmin Nuvi 610T yesterday and wondering how to make bluetooth work with my Treo 680.

Any advice on this would be much appreciated


by JD | Oct 12, 2007 4:52:41 PM

Anyone using the Palm GPS 3rd edition with the 700wx? Are you seeing any issues?

by Smartphone | Dec 5, 2011 2:44:44 AM

There are many kinds of smartphones and we should choose what we like.

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