Pros Does great routing in cities.
Cons Doesn;t work where no cell coverage as it can't load the needed maps. Don't go out to the boonies! It won't work. Limited favorites.Too bad they can't download maps to my 4 gig memory card, so I don't have to carry another GPS that works everywhere.
Summary If I never ventured out of AT&T tower range, it might work. Also cannot add map features like notes on points (flags and pins) or make corrections to the maps. If I must have another GPS, this service is a waste of money and bandwidth. Better to have something with the route maps in it. Why not just download, or provide a CD with all the maps, then download updates as needed?
Pros WiFi and a mini-SD card. GPS - I'm running Tom Tom 6 so I can't comment on the (Cingular) AT&T software.
Cons Volume is low on calls and speaker. Applications are slow to start and I seem to have a lot of software conflicts that require a soft reboot. Not the best signal reception.
Summary This PDA has all the programs and features I want and is easy to use once you get it set up. I traded up from a ipac 6515 and really like the built in WiFi. No more paying for Internet access from AT&T.
Pros GPS ROCKS, Speed, verstile
Cons A bit combersome but worth it..! The phone could be better
Summary Love this PDA.. as a phone you need a bluetooth headset.. then you're in. The HP GPS is as good as any I've used... BUY it you'll love it..!!
"Feature-Packed Device"on by kculp
Pros Kitchen Sink Included - GPS, CELL, PDA, Wi-Fi
Cons A bit sluggish, maybe not phone friendly
Summary I bought this at full retail, although Cingular has a model with about $250 discount on a 2 year contract.
This device really works for me, but I don't talk on the phone much and the design may throw some users. Phone calls are with a GSM carrier. My phone calls only average 1-2 per day, so I needed a nice blend of PDA. I wish it had voice dialing, seems to require a number of buttons to get to the phone functions.
The Gadgeteer (web site) wasn't too happy with this phone, but the author *Julie* is trying to use a MAC with a WM5 device; I guess there will be problems. She wasn't able to install the GPS software as none of the apps are APPLE compatible and I dont' think really exploited the device enough.
Tried out the GPS with the HP Navigation software, works great. It is a bit sluggish to exit, really need to shut down all other applications before using this. Voice-assisted navigation and auto re-routing when lost are nice features. Vendor is really NAVTEQ and you get a 60 day trial. Please note the purchase price for the software is $125 (about a $75 discount compared to similar PDA navigation systems). Pocket Streets from MS is included for free.
Easy to turn off Bluetooth, GPS, cell, or Wi-Fi on the Today screen.
Keyboard lights up. Personally, I would like a bigger screen and not a keyboard. But, it is OK. The keyboard comes in handy when I write a longer message.
In general, the device is a bit sluggish due to the plug-ins on the today screen. Might speed up a bit if you turn these off.
Mini-SD cards are a necessity, if you install additional applications I would put them on the storage card.
My advice? There are few devices with ALL of the features listed here on other phones. More will pop up soon, but for now this is the gadget with literally everything.Updated
Now that I've experimented with this device more with several months use, the only thing that really bugs me is the sluggish performance. This device has a 410 MHz processor which should be fast enough, it is more the WM5 operating system. The GPS works great, too bad the software only comes with a 60 trial, NAVTEQ add-on is about $125. Wish it would have been included. I hope HP allows upgrade to WM6, but I don't know if that OS will be any snappier.