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What is GPS?
(Global Positioning System) is a "constellation" of 24 well-spaced satellites that orbit the Earth and make it possible for people with ground receivers to pinpoint their geographic location.
How GPS Works
GPS system made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit by the U.S. Department of Defense. GPS satellites circle the earth twice a day in a very precise orbit and transmit signal information to earth. GPS receivers take this information and use triangulation to calculate the user's exact location.
Nokia is well known for its phone and camera product. Â But in 2006 it debuted with first ever dedicated GPS device. The mode name 330 Auto Navigation.
This is a is a budget orientated system which runs on Windows CE, uses the well established SiRF Star III GPS chipset and sports a 3.5in 65k 320 x 240 color touch screen, not the largest on the market but not the smallest.
Nokia 330 Auto Navigation
Â Notable feature are A 400MHz Samsung S3C2440 CPU is at the 330â€™s heart and thereâ€™s the standard 64MB RAM, 64MB ROM memory allocation. A 2GB microSD card ships with the device and contains Route 66â€™s Navigate 7 software as well as
Ireland and European maps. A built in speaker is also present to provide spoken instructions and also it can double up as a digital audio, video and photo player.
GPS navigation market is already highly competitive and overcrowded. This Nokia 330 Auto Navigation does not provide anything new but low price. This product meant to market in European market and price around 306 euro which is very friendly compare to equivalent product. Nokia sure have a plan to step in lucrative GPS market.
Panasonic rolls out it first GPS navigation device, a sleek new mobile navigation system for automobiles, in the United States. The device is Panasonic Strada also knows as CN-NVD905U.
The Strada features a 30GB hard drive with a DVD player that supports DVD-R/RW disks. It sports a seven-inch touch panel LCD and comes pre-loaded with NAVTEQ mapping data for the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, plus detailed maps of 86 U.S. cities.
The navigator also features iPod Video connectivity. Panasonic claims that even passengers sitting in the back seats will be able to enjoy movies on the Strada’s 7-inch LCD display. The GPS receiver also plays CDs in MP3 or WMA formats. The Strada will also have Sirius and XM satellite radio programs through your car’s speakers, but you’ll need to buy a tuner, an antenna and a subscription for the service.
Its driving related features include Bluetooth integration with a cell phone for hands-free driving and optional connectivity to a Panasonic rear view camera. Like other GPS navigation system it has the standard features of GPS navigator, including turn by turn directions in English, Spanish and French
Strada GPS already is a best-seller in Japan. It has incredible performance, slick design and a complete enticement system for your vehicle. Panasonic intend to really put it on the navigation market and establish Panasonic as a leader in the U.S. mobile navigation market.
The pricing for Strada is little bit higher in US market. It should be around $1,800 but with all the options, design and performance you sure to get an increasing device for your money.
The Cobra GSPM 3000 Nav One portable navigation system allows users to easily move from vehicle to vehicle with the GPS in hand–simply plug and go. The receiver offers automatic route navigation with turn-by-turn directions and clear voice guidance to either addresses or points of interest. It also includes more than two million points of interest, such as banks, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and many more, as well as a point-of-interest search using business phone numbers. If the user strays off course or has to take a detour, the GPSM 3000 provides an automatic rerouting function. Users will appreciate the backlit, intuitive soft keys, which provide easy access to specific functions in any given mode without smudging your display. Additional features include an infrared port that instantly transfers addresses from your Palm OS- or Windows Pocket PC-based PDAs; an odometer, trip timer, and speedometer; a Trip Planner function that allows you to preprogram up to five destinations in each plan; and a Trail Mode that allows you to go off-roading and mark your favorite waypoints for the return. The unit uses Cobra’s exclusive Accelerated Satellite Acquisition Protocol II technology (ASAP II), which gets you running up to twice as fast as other recreational GPS receivers and provides superior reception in urban areas, canyons, and dense foliage. The device’s built-in altimeter and compass display altitude readings and eight cardinal compass points.
- Portable System-Plug & Go
- Automatic Route Navigation With Voice Guidance
- Millions of Points-of-Interest
- 5.2″ High Res Color Display
- North America Street-Level Detail Map on Board and Fully Unlocked
- Gyro for Uninterrupted Navigation
- Infrared Port for Beaming Address Information
- iA.S.A.P.â„¢ Performance
Picture of Cobra GPSM 3000:
Unit Dimensions 4.73″ H x 7.91″ W x 2.28″ D (201 mm x 120 mm x 65 mm)
Unit Weight 1 lb., 8.96 oz. (710 g)
Display Size 5.2″ (132 mm) Diagonal
Display Resolution 320 x 240 Pixel
STN Color Display
Power 12-volt DC Vehicle Power Adapter included
Usage: 1.2 max
Antenna Built-in Patch (Optional External Antenna Available)
Temperature Range Operation: -15 to + 60 (15F to 140F)
Storage: -30C to +80C (-2F to 176F)
Map Storage Automotive-Grade Hard Disk Drive
Performance Specifications :
Receiver 12 Parallel Channels for tracking up to 12 satellites
Acquisition Times Approximately (hot): 8 sec. (warm): 38 sec. (cold): 45 sec.
Using i.A.S.A.P Technology
Update Rate 1/second, continuous
GPS Accuracy Position: 10 meters, 2D RMS
Velocity: 0.1 m/sec.
Interface USB 2.0
SKU# GPSM 3000
Box Dimensions: 10″H x 11.5″W x 4.75″D (260mm x 300mm x 128mm)
Box Weight: 2.48 lb. (1.125kg)
Master Pack Quantity:Â Â 2
Master Pack Dimensions: 23″H x 15″W x 7″D (590mm x 380mm x170mm)
Master Pack Weight: 10.45lb. (4.74kg)
Cigarette Lighter Power Cord
Windshield Suction Cup Mounting Bracket
1 Year Limited Warranty