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Long time pocket pc user, just bought a used axim x51v, a vga pocket pc by dell. Plan on mounting using ram mount, and powering with a switched circuit. Used an older ipaq this way recently. Was wondering if anyone else uses a multipurpose pocket pc as their navigation device?
 

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I used to use a Garmin IQue 3600 in a waterproof Otterbox. I got tired of it real fast and got a Zumo 550 for the waterproof case, finger touch screen, maps in built in memory, easily replaceable battery, motorcycle mount with built in connectors, bluetooth, MP3 player and other stuff. Oh yes! Text to speech, bright screen and that's enough for now. It's so much better. The IQue still travels with me but in my pocket or luggage.
 

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eventually will get a dedicated unit

I had already purchased software for last pocket pc, along with gps unit. Sure the dedicated units are easier to control, are waterproof, work better, oh crap.. you win. Do you still have the otterbox, still looking for one of those. Will eventually get a dedicated zumo, but until then the pocket pc will do.
 

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I have never had a Pocket PC with a colour screen that I could actually read in sunlight while standing still so I can only assume that for me anyway a GPS on one on a bike would be more useless than an open street directory between my knees.
If you can't read them and they don't talk what's the point?
 

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I have never had a Pocket PC with a colour screen that I could actually read in sunlight while standing still so I can only assume that for me anyway a GPS on one on a bike would be more useless than an open street directory between my knees.
If you can't read them and they don't talk what's the point?
I can't speak for Pocket PC's since I've never had one, but as far as GPS devices go that would probably depend on the specific GPS model. My Garmin 2820 is "Sunlight Readible" and about the only time I can't read it is when the sun is straight in my eyes and I'm squinting to see anything. The rest of the time it's perfectly visible.
 

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I can't speak for Pocket PC's since I've never had one,
The thread is about Pocket PC's not GPS's. Pocket PC screens are useless in sunlight generally. GPS screens are better because they are designed to be used in sunlight. You cannot compare the two and to try to do so is not correct.
 

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Long time pocket pc user, just bought a used axim x51v, a vga pocket pc by dell. Plan on mounting using ram mount, and powering with a switched circuit. Used an older ipaq this way recently. Was wondering if anyone else uses a multipurpose pocket pc as their navigation device?
Hi,

I use hp iPAQ HX2110 with separate sirfIII GPS receiver. They communicate via BT. I use iGO software fron Nav'n'Go.

I mounted it on my self made dash, 'cause
-RAM mounts used by my buddies vibrate too much
-that's the best place to view it safely while riding

There are some cons however:
-poor visibility in sunshine
-not weatherproof (you need to get some condoms under the seat)



More pics here.
 

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The thread is about Pocket PC's not GPS's. Pocket PC screens are useless in sunlight generally. GPS screens are better because they are designed to be used in sunlight. You cannot compare the two and to try to do so is not correct.
Sorry, my mistake. I saw:
a GPS on one on a bike would be more useless than an open street directory between my knees.
and thought you said "a GPS on a bike". I missed the "on one" part.
 

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I use an Airis T620:

http://www.buygpsnow.com/airis-t620-pda-navigation-pda-with-fully-embedded-gps-receiver-wi-fi-and-bluetooth-ique-m3-m4-ique-3000-mio-p550-and-p350-gps-inview-n911-n-911-665.aspx

It is in a Ram-mount Aquabox:

http://www.gpscity.com/item-ram-mount-aqua-box-1-large-cradle/ramholaq1.htm

currently running the new CoPilot 7 software. I've also used TomTom 6,
CoPilot 6, and OnCourse Navigator 6 (aka. Igo).

With CP7, most of the basic functions are touch-accessible even through the Aquabox cover. The rest do require removing the GPS from the box and using the stylus.

Visibility in sunlight can be a problem, particularly in the Aquabox. This is
really the biggest problem.

The good:

- A variety of software for navigation, geocaching, mapping, or whatever.
Choose the software that meets your needs!
- Pull addresses directly from your Outlook contacts list into your navigation program.
- All the other functions that a PDA can provide (email, calender, etc..)

The bad:

-Must be protected in a case which hinders access.
-Visibility in sunlight

Neither of these are an issue in an automobile however! It works as good as anything else in the car.

No, it is not a Zumo, but still an alternative, depending on what you need from a device.
 

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My pocket PC is a HTC 3600i.

It's a phone with Windows Mobile 6 operating system, gps module is integrated & I have installed Tom Tom 6, destinator Apps and MioMaps to the SD Card. I prefer Tom Tom, but have MioMaps installed so I can add speed cameras etc and destinator apps for the more rural roads.
I don't hook the PDA to the bike, I don't need to.
The PDA is on my belt under my dri-rider jacket with my hands free to my helmet. Before I leave somewhere that I don't know the destination I punch in my destination & off I go rain, hail, or sunshine. I just listen to the directions.
Keeps one less distraction from the war zone of public roads.
 
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