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24 Feb 2009

GPS and the ETEN G500

ETEN is a rather new brand to the South African market, and its latest GPS doesn't disappoint. The G500 sports a rather unique design that looks like something out of sci-fi movie. The buttons on the front of this device are flush with the body and are only separated by a blue line which lights up when the device is in use. Physically, it is also not overly bulky, and will fit in your pocket with ease. Its looks are also rather deceiving, because the ETEN G500 not only sports an integrated GPS receiver, but it's also a fully-fledged Pocket PC and cellphone. We appreciated the fact that the developers of this product also opted for a built-in GPS receiver, as a fold-out antenna can be cumbersome to use. Under the hood you will find a 400MHz Samsung processor with 12BMB of flash ROM and 64MB of RAM.

The operating system that ties this system together is Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5. The bundle that ships with the G500 is also rather impressive, and everything you need is available right out of the box. Not only does it feature an AC adapter and USB sync cable, but there is also a car charger and mount allowing you to view the GPS map while you are driving. Even though the G500 doesn't natively ship with any GPS software, the suppliers, Just Mobile, bundle HandyMap Al with each device. Even though this PDA/cellphone/GPS hybrid should eliminate the need to carry multiple devices, we were disappointed by the lack of Wi-Fi support, especially comparing it to some of the other devices in this roundup. Having said that, the ETEN G500 offers solid performance and is sure to turn a few heads when you use it.

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