Pharos has introduced their new GPS 525. This GPS offers more functionality, to consumers, than just simple GPS tracking features. The compact design makes this system easy to travel with and is unobtrusive in your car. Minimal buttons, on the system, makes the unit easy to navigate and learn.
Out-of-the-box, your GPS 525 is ready to use with its PTL525 GPS receiver, windshield bracket mount, AC adapter, 12-volt car charger, USB SD card reader, headset, 512 MB SD card, navigation CD with U.S. maps and user’s manual come with the unit.
The integration of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 is the foundation hat sets the GPS 525 apart from other GPS systems. This is what gives it the technological edge of having Pocket PC functionality. Windows Mobile provides users with a platform that offers functional applications like Outlook, Word, Excel, and Windows Media Player. The combination of Outlook, along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allows users to sync their Outlook contacts, right to their GPS 525.
Pharos’ platform lays on a SC32442X 300 MHz processor, 64MB ROM, 128MB SDRAM, SiRF starIII GPS receiver, and 512 MD SD memory card – all of which offers great performance for its users. It also comes with maps for 50 major U.S. cities. If users were to load all of these maps, additional memory would be need for other functionality.
Preloaded maps are a grand benefit to consumers, but the points-of-interests, available through the GPS’ mapping software, can be much more useful. Finding your favorite restaurant or bank has never been easier. With a couple clicks, or the use of your stylus pen, points-of-interest are easily accessible.
With measurements of 2.34 x 4.32 x 0.69 inches, the Pharos Traveler GPS 525 can easily slide into a pocket for easy travel. The average battery life, typically around 9 hours, gives you plenty of charge time on the new unit. Additionally, Pharos integrated VoIP technology, which allows you to use your GPS system as a phone.
The technologies, integrated into the Travel GPS 525, make this system function like a PDA. Because of the nature of such a unit, the price tag is usually around $600. This is obviously more than a standard GPS system and average for a smart phone.
The screen resolution, on the GPS 525, is 240 x 320, which tends to be a bit small for those attempting to view maps while they are driving. Additionally, there is no lock button on this unit; therefore, storing it in its travel case is highly recommended.
In spite of the hefty sticker price, the GPS 525 provides users with a multitude of functionalities, all in one unit. Even though this unit is slightly higher priced than many PDAs, it does offer a sleek, compact design that many PDAs do not. Using the GPS 525, while driving, may prove to be difficult. Automatically loading all of the maps available, may cause you to purchase additional memory cards.
If you are looking for a GPS, which has a little more to offer than a standard GPS system, and you can get around the slightly elevated sticker price, then the Traveler GPS 525 is the decision.