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Pocket Navigator for Smartphones

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Pocket Navigator’s latest 5.0 release can run on “Smartphones”— cellphones using the Windows Mobile operating system. The test unit worked nicely with a Bluetooth wireless GPS, its 1-gigabyte memory card offered ample raster-chart storage, and the keypad-driven interface was good enough for backup plotting. But what’s really impressive is how the Pocket Navigator easily fetches and overlays NOAA radar data, as shown. No subscription is needed, little bandwidth is used, and animation is “coming soon.” The Pocket Navigator comes bundled with the full Memory-Map Navigator for $100 (or in stripped-down form from Maptech for $50). Memory-Map; 607-532-4122, www.memory-map.com

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