PDA with GPS vs. GPS standalone unit -- which to choose? 4 replies

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Soulhunter123

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#1 11 years ago

Hi there.

I'm not too technically versed so I was wondering if someone could please help me choose between buying a dedicated GPS unit (i.e. TomTom ONE) or buying a PDA with integrated GPS (i.e. Acer N35) ?

I admittedly will not use the PDA a lot, but I was thinking it would be easier to update its GPS software and maps, and also that it may have a longer battery life than the TomTom unit. Also, it's £60 cheaper than the TomTom.

Could anyone lend a helping hand?

Thanks.




UNDIESRULES

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#2 11 years ago

I got the PDA. You can also use it to play media etc so it can be used for other bits and pieces. I purchased an N35 over a Tom Tom and its great. I even took it to Canada on Exercise (I am in the army) and it was fantastic.




Soulhunter123

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#3 11 years ago

Undiesrules: many thanks for your post! I was thinking of just getting the N35 however many people seem to complain that it is of shoddy build quality and the GPS signal lock is not as reliable as the TomTom.

I would really, really appreciate it if you could answer a few questions about it: Is the screen clear and easy to see whilst driving, are the vocal instructions easy to hear when driving at high speeds, and how good is the battery life?

Many thanks, again, for your help. :)




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#4 11 years ago

As with all of these things, chances are that the dedicated unit is better, but the hybrid unit is cheaper and is obviously more flexible.

Given that you won't use the PDA's other features much, I'd go for the seperate GPS unit. When it comes down to it, you're buying it because it can do GPS, and that's the main thing what you want it to do. Of course, additional stuff is nice, but if it compromises that main thing, it's not a good idea.




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#5 11 years ago

BS/Archeon is right in several respects, the thing isnt a dedicated GPS, but i think that only makes it a better device. As long as it tells me the way thats all i need, the fact it has a picture on the screen at the same time is an added bonus to me. It is loud enough to hear but then again it probably depends if your car is noisy.

My only real problem with it isnt the build quality but the fact i can only have one memory stick in it at a time. In fact the build quality is ok.

If you have a doubt, i suggest you do as i did and ring up Comet to make sure they had one and went to have a look. I was pleasantly surprised and find more uses for it all the time.

Have fun with whichever you buy.