Navman-Europe, purveyors of Global Positioning System (GPS) software and hardware, has announced that the Navman PiN 300 is available in the UK, with updated software.
This PiN 300 is a Pocket PC featuring an integrated GPS receiver much like the Mio 168 we reviewed here. In fact there’s more than a close resemblance as it is in fact a rebadged Mio 168. The difference is that the PiN 300, uses Navman’s SmartST software rather than the Mio168’s CoPilot. The SmartST software has just been updated to version three, to help it compete with the likes of CoPilot and TomTom.
This features the latest 2004 map-data from Tele-Atlas, and includes recent road features such as the M6 toll road. Among several new features, you can now import Points of Interest (POI), and enable warnings when you approach them, which is useful for the likes of speed cameras. There are now also tens of thousands of pre-installed POI, with features such as petrol stations, hotels and historical sites.
Routing options now include routing via ferries, while the quickest/shortest routes preferences for motorways and urban roads now have a percentage preference scale. Map topography has also been improved with green areas now clearly representing forest and parks.
Uses can also drive throughout Europe’s major roads, maps for which come pre-installed on the 256MB memory card. A CD of up to date street-level level mapping for the entire UK and Ireland is provided and this data can be downloaded onto the memory card from the PC via the fast built-in USB connection and Microsoft ActiveSync. Also supplied are a sturdy windscreen mount, 12V vehicle power cable and protective carry case.
The Navman PiN 300 is available now for £399 from selected leading retailers and e-tailers including Dixons and PC World.