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JPEG images looked fine on the device, but larger files inevitably took a long time to scroll through and the unintuitive interface didn’t help. Contacts from Outlook copied quickly across to the device using the Mio Transfer software but it didn’t have the option to navigate from addresses.
Walkers will like the virtual compass, which thanks to the shape of the H610 is easy to use and feels like an actual compass in the hands. The WorldMate application has a number of interesting applications – such as a Clock with an alarm, and the ability to show four world times at once. The Currency converter could be very useful, as could the list of country dialling codes. Other tools include a measurements converter and a calculator.
Finally, there are also four games included, which are quite fun to play. My favourite was the Wipeout-a-like Flux, guiding your ship through tunnels with the on screen controls – remember no buttons. Ok, it’s no DS Lite, but if you’re stuck on a plane/train/automobile it’s something to occupy you.
All-in-all the additional features on the H610 actually impressed me by increasing the usefulness of the product. MP3 playback on a larger GPS device designed for car use doesn’t make much sense to me, but on a small pocketable device such as this it has a place. The other tools and games are in the main worthwhile too.
As far as its main function goes, as a portable GPS device the H610 has a lot going for it. It’s small enough that you can leave it in a pocket or bag and use it to get around a city – and in any one of 24 countries, which is fantastic, making it the ideal holiday tool. The screen is a bit too small for regular car use, but it is possible. If you’re planning a brief road trip in Europe it could still do the job. After all it won’t take up much space in your luggage.
That said, I feel that the H610 is a little on the expensive side, even at the cheapest I could find it - you can pick up a European map equipped TomTom Go 710 for similar money. Of course, I can’t help but feel that if it was running TomTom software then this would improve the product considerably, but even as it stands the H610 is a cute, fun portable GPS that does what it sets out to do.
Until the time that we all have GPS in our phones, the H610 is a great portable navigation gadget. It’s highly portable, small, light and actually quite fun. And it’s not just for girls.
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