n35 PDA (SamsungS3C2410 266 MHz - 64 MB RAM - 32 MB ROM - 8.9 cm 3.5" Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD - 65536 Colors 16-bit - Windows Mobile 2003 Premium)

Summary

Our Score

6/10

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The battery is rated at 1,000 mAh but isn’t removable, but then is is likely to be plugged into the car most of the time.

As for the Destinator software I have to admit that it took me a while to get comfortable with it. It didn't get off to a good start as when I first turned on the PDA it gave me a message asking me if I wanted to reinstall Destinator. If you click cancel it gives a worrying message that it couldn’t complete the installation, though in fact nothing was wrong. I could understand this behaviour if I took out the SD card from its slot, but it seemed odd to do this when I hadn’t done so.

To start navigating the first thing to do is to click on ‘Destinate’. This brings up a box with various options. You can enter an address, in the order of city, street, and then the number, with these options running across the top. You can also change the order or even enter a Post Code first, though these are limited to five digits.

There's no large on screen keyboard though and you have to use the stylus to do so, which is time consuming. The good news, at least potentially, is that Destinator can take addresses directly from Pocket Outlook. However, it didn’t work that smoothly. After you select the address from the Contact entry, the device tries to locate the address, and then presents a list of possibilities. However, it freezes up while it does so without any indication of what its doing and the first couple of times I thought it had locked up.

Then there was the fact that the results returned for my home address were quite bizarre, presenting a list of roads in Manchester, which isn’t some way where I live. It turned out that though I’d entered the address correctly, Outlook on the PDA was set up for US style addresses by default causing it to misread the post codes. To remedy this I had to change it to UK and re-enter the addresses.

Once it got going though Destinator did an adequate job of giving directions with the route laid out in blue. The speaker was also clear enough to be heard comfortably in the car. The view can be set to either 2D or 3D and the latter has quite a high angle on the road. This is good though as it enables you to see the route quite far ahead.

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