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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 11:08 pm    Post subject: REVIEW COMMENTS: Medion MDPNA150 Reply with quote

Darren has just completed the review of the new Medion MDPNA150.

Medion already have a major presence in the Pocket PC and Pocket PC-GPS arena and their products have been available in the ALDI chain of discount grocery stores across UK and mainland Europe, the car accessory retailer Halfords here in the UK and Medion's On-Line E-store. Now they too have released a PND based on the Mitac Mio 138 reference hardware design which is also used by Navigon.

The MDPNA150 is in fact a Mitac Mio 138 running WinCE.Net 4.2. This should not be confused with Windows Mobile which although related is altogether different. Out of the box the unit hides the underlying operating system completely (more of this later) and boots straight to a welcome screen that gives you only three options, Navigation, MP3 Player and Settings.

The full review is available here.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is virtually identical to the Navigon BlueMedia PNA Sat-Nav except that this Medion uses TeleAtlas data whereas the Navigon BlueMedia uses Navteq data.

Can you say if either of these have full 7 digit postcode searching ability?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You say in your review that the RRP of the Medion PNA is 299.99 and state easydevices.co.uk as the supplier. However, they sell the unit for 299.99 ex VAT or 351 inc VAT. This makes the Medion unit only 49 cheaper than the Navigon PNA which has better software, NavTeq maps and 21 country street-level maps.

If you search the net you can find the Navigon PNA for 389 inc VAT making the difference only 38.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess the Navigon does come with European street level maps as well, plus (according to the literature) has post code support. And I've seen it for 388. If I can stick 'safety' cameras in it then it will be top of my list.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

icsys wrote:
This is virtually identical to the Navigon BlueMedia PNA Sat-Nav except that this Medion uses TeleAtlas data whereas the Navigon BlueMedia uses Navteq data.

Can you say if either of these have full 7 digit postcode searching ability?


Neither have 7 digit PostCode lookup Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I have been alerted to the pricing issue and have modified the review accordingly.

POI-Warner have a BlueMedia compatible client available to allow Speed Camera POI Installation and Alerts.

www.navigating.de
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There have been price fluctations with the MDPNA and a recent drop has now resulted in the MDPNA coming down to 299 inc. VAT.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can anyone tell me if Medion PNA, Navigon BlueMedia PNA and the new Mitac Mio268 (/269 with 2gb storage) is close too identical ?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Medion MDPNA150 and Navigon BlueMedia share the same hardware platform but use different navigation software. The Medion uses a variant of Destinator whereas Navigon use their own software.

The Mio 268/269 is a different hardware device albeit very similar but uses Navigon's software.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If someone would rank these products, would it be :

1. Mio 269 (because of the buildt in 2.5GB hd + MMC/SD slot for MP3 and Navigon software beeing better than Destinator.)
2. Mio 268 (because of price, and Navigon software beeing better than Destinator.)
3. Navigon BlueMedia (Navigon software beeing better than Destinator.))
4. Medion MDPNA150

..or not ?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We got a question from a user of this device in Norway:

"Can I install TomTom on this?"

After reading the part of the Rewiew about picking up the WinCE full part, I see a "maybee" here.

Is this possible?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly no, TTN3 fails because of the Landscape screen orientation. Perhaps the future Navcore version 'may' work but I cannot verify this.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently the Mio 268/269 use TeleAtlas data (according to Mio's website - it does seem odd as it also uses Navigon software which usually comes with NavTeq data), most people rate NavTeq higher than TeleAtlas for coverage and accuracy. It's probably most of a concern if you ever find yourself in Ireland ...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK- thanks for good info...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mattr wrote:
Apparently the Mio 268/269 use TeleAtlas data (according to Mio's website - it does seem odd as it also uses Navigon software which usually comes with NavTeq data)
There is a bit of conflict here.
Navigon themselves state that Mobile Navigator 4 uses NavTeq data yet
TeleAtlas state that Navigon are a Partner.

Maybe all future updates will be with TeleAtlas mapping?
http://www.teleatlas.com/template_content.jsp?ctype=navigation_solutions_pda&contentpage=pda.jsp

There seems to be a steady stream of vendors moving to Teleatlas data.
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