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MikeB
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 12:45 am    Post subject: Review comments: TiBO PND Reply with quote

PND (Personal Navigation Devices) have mushroomed left, right and center over the last few months. Most of them have a pretty standard design, but there are a few that have raised the occasional eyebrow.

The TiBO is certainly one of these eye catchers. Its design is rather unique, and our review will show if the performance of the device is on par with its looks.

Speaking of looks. You may have noticed the metallic "ears" on both sides. They are not useless design elements (as it first may seem) but instead are trying to contribute to the navigation experience in a blinking way, so to speak.

Click here to find out what those ears do and to read Lutz's full review...

Please enter comments about the device and review below.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now where have I seen those "ears" before...?



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:D That was my impression too! Unfortunatley it looks a little square and bulky compared to most systems.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Volume, brightness, battery life, POI quality, GPS sensitivity, map quality, software quality are all usefull items for a review.

The only destinator software review I could find elsewhere was 2 years old.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Volume is better than PocketPCs but inferior to GO (however there is a headphones jack)
brightness - average, slightly better than GO
battery life 4 hrs
POI quality? Not sure I understand
GPS sensitivity - very good, can't believe it is not SiRF III
Map quality - varies by state
software quality - upper entry level (or lower professional level)

There will be another Destinator PN/SP/ND software review soon.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lbendlin wrote:

GPS sensitivity - very good, can't believe it is not SiRF III


Both Fujitsu (aka RFMD) and Global Locate chipsets are pretty good and come very close in performance to SiRF Star 3, thay are also different from SS3 by being host-based GPS chipsets.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lbendlin wrote:

POI quality? Not sure I understand


Has the local chinnese food place in their DB actually closed 5 years ago?
Are there 14 law firms for every bank machine?
Do the local dog track, Ascot and Silverstone all share the same label?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll leave these questions to the software review. Even more so since I was using US maps.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually so would I for the most part (well the Canadian maps anyway)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 9:17 pm    Post subject: TIBO PNA's / destinator DN Reply with quote

hi guys/girls ... im new to the sat nav world having bought my tibo of a tv shopping channel two weeks ago at a discounted price .... im not sure what i think off it and debating on returning it under my 30 day cover!!

Im disappointed that its ND software appears to be out of date [uk and ireland map says 2004 Q4.3312 ] and not sure if any of the tibo is current/up todate as about says version 5.1.79...

The other thing is does tibo automatic have speed camera detection ? i tested mine the other day on know ones and it didnt do a thing ! ..in fact cant find anything with referance to it on it - and can i add it if it doesnt Question

Idea Any help you can give me will be welcomed Idea

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