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The AA to launch the 5040T at the Basingstoke GPS Event

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 3:28 pm    Post subject: The AA to launch the 5040T at the Basingstoke GPS Event Reply with quote

The AA are to launch the new AA Navigator 5040T Personal Navigation Device at the PocketGPSWorld.com Basingstoke GPS Event. This fully integrated system not only provides voice guidance to your navigation, but it also knows about traffic problems on your route. This is achieved using the TMC data which is available free for life through an inbuilt radio receiver.

This unit is priced at 579.99.

If you want to be one of the first to own one of these systems you can by entering our Basingstoke GPS Event prize draw. The AA have kindly donated a complete 5040T system for our draw in aid of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Charity.

AA Navigator 5040T specifications wrote:
A fully integrated navigation and traffic solution, which provides you with up-to-the-minute AA traffic information along your route and gives you the option to route around any traffic problems.

What does it do?
As well as incorporating our fully featured AA navigation software, the 5040T will receive traffic information via a radio receiver* built into the in-car power cable. AA Traffic information is broadcast 24/7, 365 days of the year and is received by the radio receiver, providing you with detailed traffic information along your route. You then have the option of automatically rerouting around any traffic incidents.

The traffic information you receive is free for as long as you have the unit, with no further fees or subscriptions.

* The radio receiver works completely independently from the car radio

What's in the Box?
Using a fast Intel 416MHz processor, the AA Navigator 5040T incorporates a fully integrated, latest generation SiRF III GPS receiver. The unit is also a fully functional PDA running Windows Mobile 2003 and includes software such Outlook, Word and Excel, as well as Microsoft Active Sync so you can connect to your home or work PC.

The unit comes with a full-colour 3.5" screen that can be viewed in either landscape or portrait mode.

The 5040T comes complete with:

128 MB SD card incorporating AA Navigator software
AC power cable
In-car power cable incorporating radio traffic receiver
Extension antenna (for traffic receiver)
Windscreen mount with optional permanent fixing point.
Hardware Guide
AA Navigator Software and Quick Start guides
A lifetime license to the AAs traffic service, with no additional fees or subscriptions.
Technical specification
Display: 3.5" QVGA TFT
Processor: Intel Bulverde PXA-270, 416 MHz
GPS: SiRF III+ fully-integrated antenna
Operating system: Windows Mobile 2003 SE
Memory: 64MB Flash ROM; 64MB RAM
Replaceable battery: 8 hour life (PDA), 5 hour life (GPS operation)
Dimensions: 121 x 71.5 x 17-22 mm
Extension: SD/MMC slot for memory cards up to 2GB (I/O compatible)
Connections: USB v1.1 (Mini USB), IrDA
Audio: integrated speaker
Large finger-operated buttons
Price: 579.99 inc.VAT

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

one thing stands out from this story

579.99 - this will certainly be an exclusive unit!

think they are a year behind most other in their pricing!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iancjc wrote:
one thing stands out from this story

579.99 - this will certainly be an exclusive unit!

think they are a year behind most other in their pricing!


You would have thought they could have done better than a 128mb memory card at that price!! 8O
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well at 579 it is a comprable price to the 599 NavMan iCN550 which has a similar specification.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeB wrote:
Well at 579 it is a comprable price to the 599 NavMan iCN550 which has a similar specification.


Doesn't the iCN550 have a 4gb hdd though??
With only a 128 card that doesn't leave much for use as a Pda or am I missing something ?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks a good alternate to the usual tt product, but does it do the speed cameras from this site, if so I might be interested, if the wife will put up with another toy - mike
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ive been loking at the new gps units and i think the new indago unit is by far the best

any thoughts??
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bacchust wrote:
ive been loking at the new gps units and i think the new indago unit is by far the best

any thoughts??
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bacchust wrote:
ive been loking at the new gps units and i think the new indago unit is by far the best

any thoughts??

Yes, why do you think that? Unknown software coupled with Snooper's relatively poor database! A TomTom ONE withy our database is half the price and IMHO a better solution.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why don't any of the manufacturers include size and wattage of their speakers in the specs? A lot of these units seem like they're hopelessly inaudible, but I haven't tried. Can anyone confirm or refute?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just reviewed the PDA upon which the AA offering is based, it's the Holuix GPSmile 60. A nice PocketPC running WM2003SE and with dedicated GPS Buttons and a built-in SiRFIII chipset.

It's speaker is typical of other PocketPC's in being too quiet for in-car audio though but it does have an excellent screen, good battery life, no external antenna to flip up etc thanks to SSIII and a decent cradle.

Given the PDA is a shade under 300 the 579 total bundle price seems fair given that includes the software and the additional FM TMC receiver.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:03 pm    Post subject: aa navigator Reply with quote

I like the look of this unit with its built in tmc reciever.
Garmins 2720 is a unit I also like the look of, but it does mean having trailing wires from the tmc unit.
Main thing that would swing it for me, is whether or not it can support the the speed cameras?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AIUI the AA Solution does not have an internal TMC receiver, the unit is in fact external connecting I assume via the USB Port.
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