CoPilot GPS for early adopters

Glad tidings for the early crowd who rushed out to buy a phone running Windows Mobile 5.0 - there's now a sat-nav package to match.The annoucement of

Glad tidings for the early crowd who rushed out to buy a phone running Windows Mobile 5.0 - there's now a sat-nav package to match.

The annoucement of a new version of CoPilot wouldn't usually get our trumpets out, but this one's caused some parping at Stuff Towers.

CoPilot Live 6's big deal is that it takes advantage of the neat display tricks that phones such as the Win Mob 5.0-packing O2 Exec and T-Mobile MDA Pro are capable of.

So, instead of squinting at a low-res 3D map of Bradford, you can look at a glorious hi-res VGA version. Rather than gaze at a bunched-up vertical map, you can now flip the screen orientation horizontal and squeeze in more info - just like more expensive, dedicated standalone sat-nav systems.

Most of CoPilot's other features are distinctly par-for-the-motorway, though we're liking the inclusion of a 1GB SD card - that's enough storage to include most of Europe's roads - and traffic updates via GPRS. If you want to be warned that there's a nightmare jam on the A4, however, you'll need to be on T-Mobile. The other networks aren't supporting it yet.

The GPS-and-software bundle's on sale now; pricing's a tad confusing. You'll pay £180 for the GPS 'n' software bundle for Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC, plus an additional £150 for the 1GB map card. All of which leaves you with a painfully pricey £330 hole in your pocket.

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