HTC Wildfire


HTC Wildfire is a brand new mid range Android powered smartphone from the company - targeting young folks who may be going mobile for the first time. HTC Wildfire will be running Android 2.1 Eclair operating sytem and will come with a decent set of hardware features for a mid-range device.

Take for example the 3.2″ QVGA capacitive touch screen with pinch to zoom; or the 512MB ROM and the 384MB RAM, and even microSD card for extra storage. 1300mAh battery should give you more than 400 hours talk time but not sure how much that would translate if you were to browse the web the whole time. HTC Desire has a 5MP camera with auto focus and flash and can geotag your photos if you choose to. That means Wildfire has a GPS receiver and a few other sensor such as the G-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor, and the ambient light sensor.

Some other stuff includes Bluetooth 2.1, FM radio, WiFi, 3.5mm audio jack, and a micro USB port. And the processor of course: Qualcomm MSM7225 buzzing at 528 MHz.

No word U.S. release just yet. HTC Wildfire will be out in Europe and Asia in third quarter of this year.

Kapten screenless GPS navigation system


Kapsys’s been here on Navigadget before. We’ve even talked about their GPS navigation system with no screen called Kapten.

It looks to be a really handy device letting you play your tunes, geotag locations, and even hook up with your smartphone via bluetooth - but what’s more is that it can even act as a GPS navigation system giving your turn by turn directions - how much you can get out of a navigation system without a screen is questionable though.

It is made by the French so it is sure be crowd favorite here in the U.S! You can pick it up from Amazon for a whopping $425 which I’m not willing to pay. If you get one of these however make sure you write up a short review for us so we can feature here on Navigadget.

Here are some more features:

  • Easy to use with voice commands and voice guidance
  • Use while walking on a bus or in a car
  • Built in MP3 player and FM receiver
  • Includes USB cable wall charger speaker and stereo headphones
  • BONUS Accessory pack with 10 hr spare battery car charger and carry case

Read the rest of this entry »

Garmin Nuvi 295W



Garmin just came out with a brand new GPS navigation system this last week called Garmin Nuvi 295W. It is already available for $280 from Garmin website. 295W is a very slim looking GPS navigation system that makes you want to hold it up to your face and make a phone call. But you can’t. Even though it very much looks like a smartphone it is not but packs most of their features.

First and foremost you’ve got the WiFi connectivity which lets you surf the net with its browser and also you can do webmail and POP3 and IMAP, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF attachments. You can also do Google Local Search.

Then you have the dual orientation 3.5″ glass touchscreen, a decent 3MP camera with geotagging feature, audio player, and a 2.5mm headphone jack.

Here are a couple of videos:

Read the rest of this entry »

10th anniversary of disabling Selective Availability (SA) of GPS signals


About ten years ago selective availability (SA) of GPS signals were disabled to make the super accurate technology open to everyone on earth rather than just the U.S. military. Thanks to that decision made in 2000 today we’re able to find tupperware containers in the woods (geocaching), get turn-by-turn driving directions, geotag our point and shoot photos, and a lot more.

We would like to take this moment to thank immense U.S. military budget for making GPS satellites possible and the Clinton administration for opening the signals for everyone on the planet.

Here you see some charts showing before and after SA removal.

garmin-asus A10


Not to be confused with garminfone or nuviphone M10 Garmin and Asus partnership just announced another Android powered phone called Garmin Asus A10.

Of course its focus is again on GPS navigation; however more so for pedestrians rather than drivers which probably means it’s probably not going to make it to the U.S. where driving almost always takes precedence. The press release actually says it will be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Garmin-Asus A10 features a 3.2″ touch screen, electronic compass and a 1500mAh battery. Depending on your location the A10 will contain preloaded maps so you won’t have to rely on a data connection for maps which can be non-existent or just too expensive to use. Of course Garmin-Asus A10 will also work in your vehicle too - thanks to the powered audio mount.

Some other features of A10 include WebKit browser with multi-touch, 5MP camera with auto-focus, and auto-geotag, built-in accelerometer for horizontal and landscape views.

Leica V-LUX 20 GPS embedded digital camera


Leica recently introduced a new digital camera with embedded GPS receiver called Leica V-LUX 20 (if you think this looks similar to Panasonic Lumix we talked about last month you’re not alone). We’re not photography experts here at Navigadget so we’ll just dive straight into the details. Leica V-LUX 20 has 12x zoom on its DC-Vario-Elmar 4.1-49.2mm lens and can shoot 12.1 megapixel pictures that automatically can store with their geographical position in their exif data - known as geotagging. Just the latitude and longtitude alone is not very exciting so the camera itself actually knows the city you’re in and even the attractions around you.

It will cost £ 495. Check it out here and see what others have geo-tagged.

garminfone


T-Mobile just announced their latest Android powered handset from Garmin-Asus called garminfone. It is pretty much the U.S. version of nuvifone A50. Here is everything you need to know in one place:

  • possibly the best navigation experience on a smartphone
  • coming out Spring 2010 exclusive from T-Mobile
  • runs Android 1.6 with Breeze UI
  • 3.5″ 320 x 480, TFT capacitive HVGA touchscreen
  • 1150mAh Lithium Ion battery
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 processor
  • HSPA 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0
  • 3MP autofocus camera with digital zoom
  • comes with maps of North America, 6 million POIs
  • 4GB memory, microSD card slot up to 32GB
  • supports Microsoft Exchange e-mail
  • geotag photos, remember where you parked, navigate back to photo location
  • real time traffic, weather, local events, movies, gas prices
  • garmin voice studio to allow recording of custom voice directions
  • WebKit, 528.5+ browser

soon all cameras will have GPS


We’re already seen some digital cameras with embedded GPS receivers (Altek, Samsung CL65, Samsung ST1000, Sony HX5V, Casio) to make geotagging of photos more of a standard thing rather than the exception. They’re not quite mainstream just yet but we can see this happening in the very near future. Some recent news suggests that industrial handheld computers with cameras are also headed in this direction. Antenova is a company that embeds (as you may have guessed) antenna’s in pretty much anything and their M10264 GPS Radionova RF antenna module was just selected by Blackroc Technology to be used in their rugged handheld GPS computer which comes with a 2MP digital camera.

Developed with enhanced GPS functionality, the camera features a back-up powered sleep mode that is automatically entered whenever the C32M/G is turned off, which allows the GPS to perform a warm boot at the next turn-on, thereby reducing the time-to-first-fix to as low as 10 seconds.The SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) software provides improved accuracy from standard GPS of around 15 meters to between 1-2 meters accuracy.

QStarz SR-Q2100


QStarz keep coming out with really decent and functional handheld GPS devices. One of these is the QStarz SR-Q2100.

They say this is a “10-in-1” product and list the following:

  • Track Logger
  • Cycle Computer
  • Location Finder
  • Digital Compass
  • Route Guider
  • IPX-7 waterproof
  • E-Temperature
  • QPlanner software for route pre-planning
  • QSports software for health management
  • QTravel software for travel logging and geotagging

We don’t really think all of these items count as a separate feature but nonetheless this is a multifunctional device. Even just the cycle computer along with route planner is quite impressive. But of course there’s more. Such as the electronic compass, location finder, or the E-Temperature feature. Don’t ask us how that works, for we have no idea.

Here are some more detailed hardware features for the QStarz SR-2100:

  • Large LCD display with backlight support : 38 x 32mm 1.8” for instant GPS information
  • Multi-function handheld GPS with Bike mode / Waypoint mode / Route mode
  • Sport GPS mode can display info as Odometer/Distance/Current Speed/Max Speed/Average Speed/Azimuth/Temperature/Calories/8-directional compass/Total Time/Current time.
  • Location Back mode can mark 4 waypoints (A/B/C/D point) - the estimate straight line distance measuring of the location back points
  • Route Plan mode can support 1 route with 99 turn points, which can advise remaining distance/direction/time to target point
  • Support pre-loading 4 Location Back points and pre-planning 99 turn points of route
  • Track Log up to 42,496 waypoints
  • Smart power saving and support 25 hours usage (22hrs with backlight)
  • Adopts latest GPS chipset with high sensitivity -159dBm
  • Excellent performance - Cold/Warm/Hot start time: 42/38/1 sec. (average)
  • Time zone and distance/speed unit adjustable
  • Waterproof design with IPX-7 class
  • Download data via mini USB interface
  • WAAS and EGNOS support

SR-Q2100 is already available at the price of USD $139 or EURO €129.
UPDATE: QSTARZ now ships worldwide.

Pocket GPS S1


Looks like Korean Cuu:B found some customers on the States side and is getting ready to cross the oceans to come to the U.S. now that it has cleared FCC regulations. Called Pocket GPS S1, this is a multi-purpose GPS receiver with bluetooth connectivity.

Pocket GPS S1 can be used while traveling for recording tracks, measuring distance covered, geotagging, and even voice recording. It can be used while working out since it can record laps, calculate top speed, and average velocity, and keep track of progress. Other uses may include other outdoors activities such as camping or fishing where you can mark your favorite spot.

Pocket GPS S1 can also be used as a tour guide where it can be programmed to play media in the form of voice, image, or text when a user arrives at a certain location.

The device is a bit different than other GPS recording devices with its high quality color LCD screen, microphone, and even a 3.5mm standard headphone jack.

If we figure out who will be selling this here in States we’ll be sure to let you know.