Unlike many competitors there’s no built in speed camera database but you can add them in manually with a subscription based database available here. On the Via Michelin web site you can also purchase additional POI for hotels and restaurants taken from the Michelin Guide.
The POI system worked oddly, is that after you’ve chosen your category and where to search, instead of simply bringing up list of what it’s found, it brings up another search box asking you to enter a letter to find what you want – as if you’re supposed to know exactly what’s there. If you just press search you can then choose from a list, so why have the search screen?
There are other oddities. At times you get the option to go back to the Main Menu – but if you choose this you’ll find yourself at the start, with no way of going back to the route you have planned, so that you have to start planning your route again.
I also found that often the software crashed with odd ‘out of memory’ errors when planning a journey without a live GPS connection, which frankly would drive me crazy.
On the whole then the whole experience was poor. The software is not as great to look at or as easy to use as the competition and the features such as live traffic information and integrated speed camera databases are not present. On balance, I wouldn’t feel comfortable relaying on the HP as my navigation solution.
GPS moved to stand alone devices because of the clunkiness of the separate PDA and GPS solution and nothing here indicates that this was a bad thing. The hx1950 is a decent PDA but the shortcomings of Windows Mobile 5 as a platform for GPS are highlighted by crashes. Things might be improved with better navigation software but I’d still recommend going for a dedicated in-car GPS solution or one that works on a smartphone, such as this package from Navicore.
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