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Garmin Mobile 10 clip-on GPS device

£229 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Garmin

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Global Positioning System add-ons for smart phones and PDAs are nothing new. But a GPS clip-on? That's what the super-tiny Garmin Mobile 10 claims to be.

Global Positioning System add-ons for smart phones and PDAs are nothing new. But a GPS clip-on? That's what the super-tiny Garmin Mobile 10 claims to be.

Garmin's Mobile 10 is a compact GPS receiver that transmits location information via Bluetooth to Garmin Mobile XT mapping software that you install on a supported smartphone, PDA, or notebook.

The Garmin Mobile 10's GPS receiver locates your position, which is displayed on the mapping software. The software calculates a route to your desired destination(s). You can receive turn-by-turn directions via voice prompts, delivered using your device's speaker. And you can visually follow your route on the mapping software. Recently, we tested the Garmin Mobile 10 with a Palm Treo 650 and we recommend it - with some caveats.

See also Palm Treo 680 review

Convenient to carry

The Garmin Mobile 10 weighs only around 60g and measures 18x42x77mm. It's so small you can take it anywhere. You could also lose it anywhere, but c'est la vie.

The aforementioned clip, which is removable, is a nice touch. You can clip the Garmin Mobile 10 on to your belt and receive directions while walking. Or you could clip the GPS to your car's sun visor while you're driving.

Either way, the Garmin Mobile 10 is delightfully easy to take with you. And because it works with a device we already carry everywhere - my Treo 650 - the Garmin Mobile 10 is the most convenient portable GPS receiver we've seen. There's no extra bulk.

Generally good directions

We tested the Garmin Mobile 10 in San Francisco over several weeks. In most cases, the directions we received were good, but not always the most practical.

For example, in a San Francisco neighborhood we avoid using 24th Street, as it is often congested with mobile-phone-talking pedestrians dawdling on their way to digressing, double-parked delivery trucks, surly teenagers on skateboards, and the occasional Segway. But in many cases, the Garmin Mobile 10 directions had me going by way of 24th Street. Local knowledge still counts for something!

Garmin Mobile 10 Expert Verdict »

rechargeable and removable lithium-ion battery with 22 hours (typical use) battery life
power supply
high-sensitivity receiver
compatible with PDA, smartphone compatible
connects to laptop, Pocket PC, Palm or compatible smartphone with Bluetooth wireless technology (serial port profile)
navigation software
street maps, including Points of Interest (POIs)
4000 waypoints
voice prompts
3D map view
auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation)
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If you travel frequently, often need directions, are on a budget, and already carry a Treo or other Bluetooth-enabled device, the Garmin Mobile 10 is an ideal GPS option. It's small, inexpensive, and works well for the most part. But don't expect directions as practical as those you'd get from a local.

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