Combining GPS with mobiles has so far resulted in a renaissance in brick-handsets with antennas, but sleeker handsets are rearing their handsome heads – E-TEN’s new PDA phone is a case in point.
Like Mio’s A701, the G500 has a freshly baked Windows Mobile 5.0 base, garnished with Sirfstar III GPS reception and a sprinkling of Bluetooth and a 1.3MP camera.
The ingredients list doesn’t stop there. In addition to the standard satellite navigation, it’s the first mobile to give you Traffic Message Channel (TMC) updates to help avoid traffic jams and motorway pile-ups. It also has Eten’s Location SMS software so you can text your precise GPS coordinates to other phones.
Other neat stuff: Microsoft’s Voice Commander hands-free dialling will come in handy when you’re at the wheel, as will the generous 2.8in, 240x320 pixel touchscreen which can handle fingertip navigation.
There’s no Wi-Fi, but it does sport a Mini SD slot and will run for a claimed 4 hours talk-time, or 220 hours on stand-by.
So when do you get to tuck into this delicious GPS dish? Right now from Expansys, you’ll be pleased to hear. There’s a delivery wait of 8 days at the moment, but you can pre-order the handset without contract for £360.