I’m on the market for a new car: my old one has an onboard navigation system which I’ve got addicted to, so I started looking for a similar option for my next four-wheeled travel companion. I soon found out that integrated satellite navigation systems are a complete rip-off, with the lousiest models (no maps, just arrows, single country, etc…) starting in the 2Kâ‚¬ range and decent ones averaging 3/3.5Kâ‚¬: there is no way on earth I can accept such an incredible hoax, so I’m looking for alternatives from the handheld world.
I’ve never been a huge fan of handhelds, I used to find them pretty useless for my daily life, but this might be a right time to find out if the newer generations suit my needs in a better way. The primary goal of the new gadget, however, should be in-car navigation, the first and foremost requirement is effective GPS capabilities with good software and no tangled wires whatsoever (a mounting bracket is all I’m willing to accept, and barely).
Next to that, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity is a must to enjoy some Internet access while on the road, with the largest display I can get and a decent choice of e-mail and web clients. I don’t care about taking pictures, but I might consider GSM/UMTS phone capabilities as a plus to dump my Nokia 6600. Finally, I’m a Mac diehard so whatever is unable to talk to my PowerBook doesn’t meet the requirement list. Given that budget is between 500 and 1.000â‚¬ all-inclusive (that is, handheld, GPS, software and maps), what would your suggestions be for this late Christmas gift?