NAVMAN GPS 500 Satellite Receiver for
the Palm Handheld m500, m505, m515, m125 and m130 series comes with the SmartPath™ GPS Mapping Software
for Western Europe. SmartPath allows you to plan and track your journey from one
location to another.
SmartPath uses Tele Atlas
maps which will show where you are to an accuracy of 5 meters (95% of the time). The powerful combination of NAVMAN's
GPS receiver, and SmartPath GPS software (written by TomTom) enables you to navigate both whilst in a car or if you're out walking.
The NAVMAN comprises of a
sleeve or sledge for the Palm device (measurements shown in diagram below).
The sleeve comprises of a very large built
in GPS antenna which is the thing that sticks out of the top of the
The GPS antenna included with
the NAVMAN gives increased signal strength and improved reliability by
using a multi-directional design and is one of the better receivers on the
market boasting a 12 Channel Receiver which will help you get a satellite
fix quicker and to help retain it. The worst thing that can happen
is to lose a satellite fix, then spend 50mins trying to re-acquire a fix!
A suction mount arm bracket
(below) is also
included in the package
allowing you to attach your Palm in the GPS sleeve to pretty much any car
windscreen you wish. Due to some of the newer car windscreen's
having a special reflective coating on, you may find that you do not get a
very good signal on some cars, and depending on the coating used, you may
also find that the suction cup doesn't stick as well on some vehicles
compared to others. Most windscreens are okay, but it's a try
it and see scenario. If it doesn't work, hey don't worry!
There are other PDA mounts that allow you to connect you're PDA to the
dashboard via the air vents, or even direct on the dashboard.
These can be purchased from
Arkon.com and are very
good PDA/Phone mounts.
SmartPath City and Trips
(designed by the award winning company TomTom) are enclosed within the
package allowing you to get the most out of the GPS package.