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CoPilot Live on T-Mobile MDA Compact III

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Manufacturer: T-Mobile

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

We reviewed Destinator on an HP iPaq alongside CoPilot Live installed on a T-Mobile MDA Compact III. This version - the T-Mobile - was useful, but with some glitches.

We reviewed Destinator on an HP iPaq alongside CoPilot Live installed on a T-Mobile MDA Compact III. It’s fair to say that this made for some interesting in-car commentary when they disagreed with one another on our lengthy trek to Malvern and back to London.

Initially we got CoPilot to take us the fastest route home – boring motorway all the way and hardly a challenge. Then we tried to outfox our ultra-confident CoPilot by embarking on an unscheduled diversion. Alas, it saw us coming and promptly recalculated our route, shepherding us back on track with only a minor reprimand. However, bearing in mind that T-Mobile is selling the MDA Compact III with CoPilot as a package, we were surprised by how poorly the two worked together. Using the stylus to set up a route for CoPilot to calculate was fine and took only moments, but the T-Mobile MDA is tricky to use when driving since you really need to use the stylus to be accurate with your finger jabbing. Needless to say, this shouldn’t be encouraged while at the wheel.

Less irritating were the directions themselves, which are delivered by a lady with a less grating voice than her rival inside the Destinator. There’s a selection of male and female voices to choose from – surprisingly uncommon as a feature. Annoyingly, you get a verbal warning every few metres about the turn in a few hundred yards, but otherwise we found CoPilot a useful fellow traveller.

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CoPilot Live on T-Mobile MDA Compact III Expert Verdict »

Maps: CoPilot Live 6 Navteq, UK and Ireland
traffic updates require mobile web access, speed camera alerts included
rerouting, fastest, shortest, avoid major roads, full postcode search, car/RV/pedestrian modes
USB, AC charger
58x108x16mm, 160g
Touchscreen, stylus, car cradle, POIs, 2D/3D/day/night modes, alternative voices, leather pouch
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 5 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

Useful, but with some glitches.

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