Gizmondo thief caught by GPS

So the Gizmondo's GPS function does have a use. In addition to providing the power behind the handheld gamer's new in-car sat-nav package, last month

So the Gizmondo's GPS function does have a use. In addition to providing the power behind the handheld gamer's new in-car sat-nav package, last month it also helped rescue a stolen Gizmondo.

The story reeks of a PR stunt to our sceptical noses but Gizmondo insists it's for real.

Apparently, the tale goes thus: on 18th September, a twenty-something man stole one of the consoles from the company's Regent Street. Gizmondo then tracked his position using GPS and sent him a text message (pictured) which led to the handheld being quietly returned the same day.

There are still no Gizmondo games that take advantage of the machine's GPS feature, but we've recently been road-testing the new sat-nav package, Navigator 2006.

The software's provided on SD card by ALK's Co-Pilot, and it does a competent - albeit distinctly average - job of guiding you around town and country.

Maps are clear and directions are mostly delivered on time, but it occasionally sent us on unnecessary loops, confused us with oddly-described directions and took too long to knock up a new route when we accidentally went off-course.

It's on sale now in a bundle with the Gizmondo for a very reasonable £200.

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