Destinator PN – PDA Personal Navigation Software Review - Destinator PN Review

The bottom line is that it all makes sense once your familiar with it but it’s fairly headache inducing trying to work it all out. The litmus test for ease is of use is still TomTom, as if you can’t work out how to use that without a manual then you really ought not to be driving a car.

One way of avoiding having to use the Destinator search tool is by taking addresses straight from your Outlook database. With this synchronised on your PC it ought to make for a great way of looking up addresses. Alas, on all the address I tried the software couldn’t recognise the format that they were laid out in. You can manually tweak the layout so it will recognise it but this rather spoils the convenience factor of having it use your contacts database.

Once you are on your way though, navigation is smooth, and as the Destinator screen uses the whole screen it’s easy to see the route. Vocal instructions are clear and reasonable and as you approach a junction an icon flashes up on screen to indicate the direction that needs to be taken. If you veer off the route, the software recalculates without fuss. The view zooms automatically as your drive but you can use the slider on the right hand side of the screen or the up and down on the Pocket PCs joystick button. So far as basic driving from A-B, the software does the job.

The Text-to-Speech function proved to be disappointing as the robotic voice sounding muffled and unclear and not that pleasant to listen to compared to the default pre recorded voice. The software can be set to display the name of the road on screen so personally I don’t see the need for the Text-to-Speech function. You can also change the bar to show the ETA to your destination, your velocity, and your latitude and longitude. This runs near the bottom of the screen and below this are GPS related icons. The one of the left shows the status while the one on the right will go into the GPS setup so you can check its progress while connected.

At the top left is an icon that when pressed presents details of the next turning at the top part of the screen. Pressing it again displays each stage of the route across the whole screen and these can then be selected individually and viewed. If one section isn’t to your liking then you can select avoid and the software will plan an alternative route. You can also set certain roads to be avoided at all times, say if there are major roadworks you wish to avoid.

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