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Asus P526 GPS-Enabled Smartphone - Asus P526

On the left edge of the phone is more usefulness, this time in the shape of a clickable scroller wheel for whizzing up and down lists of programs and contacts. Not only this, but Asus has also added a small close button just next to it, meaning you can operate the phone one-handed much more easily than most other Windows Mobile based devices. The software it runs on is right up to date too with Windows Mobile 6 Professional installed out of the box and, to the usual line-up of software suspects, Asus has added a launcher app, a call filter, the afore-mentioned Voice Commander and Remote Presenter, which allows you to control presentations on your laptop via Bluetooth.
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The P526's standout feature, however, is its SiRF Star III GPS receiver, which allows you to download and install a myriad of sat-nav software, from Wayfinder to TomTom. This works well, getting a satellite lock quickly and holding it well. As it stands, though, the P526 comes with no GPS software at all out of the box. I liked the 2.6in 240 x 320 screen too. It's bright and clear, though it can be difficult to read in very bright sunshine.
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It's a shame that the rest of the specifications are not so impressive. The P526 is a quad band phone, which means you can use it pretty much anywhere your travels take you. It has GPRS and EDGE, and Bluetooth as any self-respecting business phone like this should have, plus infrared. However, faster Internet speeds on the move are beyond it as there's no 3G or Wi-Fi for hotspot connection.

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