Gordon manages to locate TomTom, Garmin, Acer, Mio and Sanyo.
Now Sanyo may not be a name that jumps to mind in the GPS market but it was showing off two particularly flexible all-in-one entertainment systems: the NV-HD810 (below) and NV-HD551. The former a massive 8in wide screen touch screen LCD, compact body, plays DVDs and is removable so it can continue working in the home. The latter has a chucky 10GB integrated HDD for storing digital audio, a digital TV receiver and also supports DVD playback.
Sadly both models are not currently available in the UK but I was told a decision was soon to be made about changing this.
Finishing off I came to perhaps the busiest GPS stand in CeBIT: Mio. It had no less than five new Sat Nav products of which the C710 (above) was king.
Debuting alongside its cut down brother, the C510, both models feature European maps of no less than 24 countries with the big brother also having 2GB of integrated memory and special routes for cross border route planning. A built in TMC receiver in the C710 – available as an accessory for the C510 – provides free, real time traffic alerts and MP3s playback is supported while jpegs can be displayed on its touch screen. Since both devices are powered by the SiRFstar III GPS receiver speed camera warnings are also available with a free year of updates.
On the portable side Mio launched the A701, a Windows 5.0 based mobile communicator with integrated GPS. Again SiRFstar III originated it sports a 2.7in touch screen, 128MB of onboard storage with SD slot for expansion, Bluetooth 1.2 and a nifty 520MHz Intel PXA270 processor.
Road warriors could be particularly attracted to this all-in-one device since it doubles up as a PDA with excellent high resolution screen and Microsoft Office kit. There’ll be a summer launch with a predicted 650 euro price.
Next up was the C210, a TomTom-esque device that abandons the bells and whistles approach of the company’s other products to concentrate purely on GPS. There’s a nice 2.7in 65k LCD with landscape layout, 400MHz S3C2440 CPU, 512MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM. It’s powered by 4x AA batteries for convenience, uses the ubiquitous SiRFstar III engine and covers the country of purchase along with the principle roads of Europe.
”Deep breath” We finish with the P350, another PDA that uses the same processor and GPS receiver as the C210, runs Windows Mobile 5.0 and features an enlarged 3.5in 65k display which automatically shifts between portrait and landscape modes. Like the A701 there is a full Microsoft Office suite.
Mio plans to flood the European market with these models over the summer to make its presence felt having previously operated in just the US and Canadian markets. Clearly, there’s a new player in town…