Holux GPSmile 52 Car Navigator

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Holux has been in the news recently – most of the time about their bluetooth GPS receivers. Today we’re looking at a complete navigation system from Holux, called the “GPSmile 52 Car Navigator”. It is a very compact device measuring only 9.5 x 7.7 x 2.2 cm. That is less than 10 cm’s on east biggest side, and less than 1 inch thick, and it only weighs 180 grams. The display measures a standard 3.5 inches and is built with high-brightness & contrast ratio transflective TFT LCD that can support 16.7 M colors at 240 x 320 resolution. Holux decided to go with SiRF Star with the GPSmile 52 that can provide down to 10 meters accuracy with 20 channels.

The device comes with a stylus that can be used the operate the touch screen running Windows CE in the background. One amazing thing with this device is its battery life. An on board 2600mAh Li-Ion storage provides up to 10 hours of use time. That’s longer than some old iPods can last. GPSmile uses SD cards which can be used to bring some audio and image files with you.

9 Responses to “Holux GPSmile 52 Car Navigator”

  1. Berry Chaney Says:

    Hey,

    Just purchased this holux gpsmile52 last week, I do like the gps and the sweet english female voice does help some. LOL
    The problem is Holus is really bacd with support in their products or atleast this one. I sent a e-mail for new map updates or where I can purchase updates no response. There’s tele atlast logo on my screen along with smart2go . I took a shot on looking for upgrade maps on there site no luck not even a sign they partner with Holux. If any one can help send me a e-mail thanks


  2. Jean W Says:

    Berry,
    I’m wondering if you found any support. The manual stinks. I have to reset the thing often. It tells me I’m at my destination, when I’m miles away. AND once I arrive at a destination, I can’t go back unless I reset the thing. Have you had any luck with support for the thing.


  3. andy Says:

    Hi all,

    I also have been working with the holux 52a, and have found their support lacking to say the least!

    The find by destination button know instantly jams my device, and it is missing some cruical maps, Chicago, Indianapolis, Colorado Springs…

    If anybody has had any luck in upgrading the software on this useless thing, please let me know!


  4. mr E. Says:

    I purchased one of these and was successful in “unlocking” it and have many programs i can run of of the sd card and it has been great until i tried to install miomap and the gapi screwed up my screen calibration. my reg values are way off and i can not write them back to original values. im now stuck with a p.o.s. bcause the touchscreen is just dead. i suggest not running apps that require gapi because it appears it is written wrong for this machine. u can use many other mapping softwares though. i experimented with tomtom, igo, navigon, and miomap. miomap being the best and most feature packed. next in line is the igo which is alot the same. none of which are very cheap though.


  5. Mr. g Says:

    This unit is great for the price I bought it for $90AR. This unit is not just a GPS but a video player (only drawback not audio jack). Using a min B usb cable and free microsoft active sych I am able to view internal NAND flash bootup files. See the http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=105839
    for programming this unit. I installed The Core Pocket Media Player 0.71 on the SD card work fine. I am able to view MPEG vidoe without any problem. By the way, GPS on this I think is basic but as better as the Tom Tom. I like the simplicity. You could view POI (example restaurents) directly by taping in the POI icons. I did not see this feature in Tom Tom. There are other cases people install games to play on this. I you do I would recommend install on the SD card. Keep the internal NAND flash files without deleting them. Just rename them as needed. Those who try to install other mapping software should install on external SD card.


  6. Kate Says:

    I received a Holux GPSmile52 as a gift. The maps are way out of date, and I am unable to obtain ANY support from either TeleAtlas (who owns the maps) or Holux (the device manufacturer). This unit is useless with out of date maps.
    If ANYONE knows how to obtain compatible map updates please let me know via a comment.
    Thanks!
    K


  7. Vidlook Says:

    I am also looking for map updates. Let me know if you find anything. Thanks.


  8. TERRAL WITTGOW Says:

    I BOUGHT A 52 PLUS FOR MY DAUGHTER AND AM TRYING TO GET IT TO TALK TO ME. I HAVE NO LUCK AND THE SUPPORT FOLKS ARE USLESS.
    CAN ANYONE GIVE ME A HINT ON HOW TO TURN THE VOICE OPTION ON


  9. Carlos A Gonzalez Says:

    I guess we are all stuck oon the same boat! I have been looking several times over the last couple of years. There is no way with these Holux’s guys!


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