Pros 1- Small. 2- Feels solidly built. 3- Great price (with coupon code).
Cons 1- Arrived DOA, GPS receiver unable to find a satellite. 2- Belkin Tech said that DOA was a COMMON problem with these units. 3- Horrendous customer service; both incompetent AND rude. 4- Took 4 phone calls and a manager to resolve, and all without an apo
Pros Easy to use, compact yet powerful navigation tool
Cons initial set up tricky with PPC 2E OS
Summary For those Pocket PC 2E users, remember to set your screen from portrait to landscape before you install maps. Only after installation will you be able to go back to portrait setting.
It's strange. However, after you get over that hurdle, it is great and convenient to use.
Pros 1) More convenient that larger appliances, 2) Integrates with Microsoft Pocket Outlook contacts, 3) 10 hour battery life, 4) fit entire US (w/o Hawaii) & Canada on 2GB SD, 5) great vocal directions
Cons 1) Can't find periodic map updates, 2) Could hang after entering favorite addresses without attaching GPS (requires reboot),
Summary Overall: Near perfect for anyone who travels -- and much easier to carry than large dashboard appliance. My work requires me to travel to a different place nearly every week -- I really can't imaging attempting to do so ever again without this device.
1) Verbal directions are so good I don't need to watch the screen. It even gives ample warnings such as "keep left".
2) Siemens SX66 (PocketPC Phone Edition) speakers loud enough to overcome road noise and phone headphones can overcome open windows
3) So convenient to integrate contacts within Microsoft Pocket Outlook with GPS navigation!
3) I can go on several trips between battery recharges and I can use my phone's adapter to recharge it -- one less thing to carry.
4) Fantastic display with multiple angles (3D views) automatically darkens after sunset.
5) Bluetooth means no messy cords
6) Navigation even more accurate than the GPS built into my personal car.
1) If bluetooth is off (to save batter life) when launching PocketPC Belkin Navigation System software, the subsequent startup may hang and require a reboot. Other than that, the code seems very solid.
2) My maps are getting out of date (I've had mine a while) so new construction and new addresses are missing. If there are updates for the US, I wasn't able to find them.
Pros reasonable maps for Australia
Cons not easy to use for non techy people, can take some time to get a fix
Summary The Belkin Co-Pilot Live GPS is a cool little product. The advantages of a GPS are obvious, and its uses are clear. The road directions are reasonably clear and easy to follow. they are not always 100% accurate but I don't expect that from this type of unit.
I will outline a few disadvantages that I found.
The Pocket PC Bluetooth GPS was hard to install on my i-mate JAM. After hours of problems, and attempting multiple ways of getting it to work, I suceeded only after upgrading the ROM from the Club I-mate website.
The GPS software is not overly intuitive in the interface (I'm a usability consultant) as icons and menus are not always clear. You have to spend time learning how to use it, or reading the manual to get the best use out of it.
The directions are generally accurate and good, but I had the following issues.
1. can take a reasonable amount of time to download and determine where you are (sometimes a few minutes). It cannot tell which direction you are facing and the initial directions can be wrong.
2. street directions are sometimes unclear e.g. can't always differentiate between roads that are parallel to each other)
3. Cannot update/edit maps that are wrong/changed (that I've discovered)
4. Very much based upon people with vehicles rather than people who catch public transport. e.g. the rail line is not shown on the main map data.
5. Street numbers are not always correct.
Also, the unit does not provide an audio warning when the battery is low. i've driven for a while without realising that the GPS unit has died.
Last thing is that the unit is very costly. It was given to me as a gift, but I couldn't justify the cost for this kind of unit if I had to buy it myself.
Pros Solid GPS receiver performance. Very clear voice and visual instructions when you are on the road.
Cons The software is a little bit primitive in features. The map data are old.
Summary Many users are quite satisfactory on the Belkin GPS navigation system, me included. But looks like Belkin has discontinued this product. It is actually an OEM product -- the receiver is Fortuna Clipon, the software is from intellinav.com.
If you visit inavcorp.com and check their iGuidance software, you can see similar but enhanced user interface. Yes, the new iGuidance (ver 2.1.1) is also from intellinav.com. But there's no price discount for Belkin users.