The PTL600e combines Pharos' exceptional GPS technology with a quad-band GSM smartphone. It runs on the Microsoft Windows Mobile platform. This comes with pocket versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, Media Player and IE. Now you can check your email from anywhere and work on documents as they come in.
Just like on their dedicated units, GPS reception is handled by a SiRF star III receiver. This lets you track your location anywhere, even in the middle of a big city. Because it is from Pharos it comes with top-notch navigation software.
On the off chance you don't have a cellular signal you can surf the web at a local hotspot with the 802.11b/g WiFi capability. Get there safe and keep in touch when you get there with Pharos.
Expensive piece of trash
Pros: all in one device
Cons: Highly unstable operating system. Camera rarely will save a picture. GPS is the poorest i've seen. Phone drops every call. Recognizes installed programs sometimes, must be soft reset to recognize them the next time. No video mode as advertised. Alarm has worked twice in hundreds of programmed times. Will not keep time zone--then when resetting it, will change your appointment times (yes, ALL your appointment times). WiFi connection says it's connected but isn't--doesn't work at all.,
Other Thoughts: Pharos should really recall these devices
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I found this great overall
Pros: Excellent Pocket PC PDA. Installs and uses tons of 3rd party apps. Easy to use granted if you know how to use Pocket PC. Nice Screen, GPS is accurate and a wonderful tool. Phone accepted SIM with no problems and it synced easily with my desktop contacts. Camera is OK, Video is questionable.
Cons: Video DV mode doesn't seem to display video on playback. I hear audio, but no video. But this is a side feature to a great PDA/Phone/GPS.
Other Thoughts: Size is good. Functional design and so far looks very sturdy. Will work on figuring out the video piece, but haven't had time. Call quality is decent, but not very robust. Love having the GPS in travel. My contacts and calendar are always with me and I've reduced what I have to carry all down to one unit while still having a phone.
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The Best Pocket PC Phone on the Planet
Pros: -It's a rock-solid Pocket PC. It's fast, it's tiny, and runs all sorts of 3rd party programs that make it a great productivity tool.
Cons: The camera doesn't take the same quality pictures as a $1,000 SLR, but it's tiny, and there when you need it. I would have bought it without the camera.
Other Thoughts: I'm a 4th year medical student, and I really appreciate having all of my PDA medical references in such a small package. Also, the holster it comes with is perfectly balanced and stays attached to my scrubs when I run to a code.
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Not very satisfied
Pros: The GPS functions are great. Maps are good and precise. Love the windows mobile 5.0. It is a great PDA/GPS unit.
Cons: The phone feature is a joke. Bad reception, poor call quality, and loads of dropped calls. The overall design is less than desired. Buttons are not that user friendly. The cradle is poor designed as it pushes the side buttons every time your dock it. The camera seems to come on every time I take it out of pouch. Pieces are fallen off the phone. The mirror is totally gone from the camera side due to being in included leather pouch. The finish where the stylus goes in is gone due to putting the stylus up. I have babied this phone due to the cost, so no misuse on my case.Not a phone you can use with ease such as texting, im'ing, and calling. It is the worst phone I have ever owned. I usually am not unhappy with purchases, but after spending the dough for this thing.....HA!
Other Thoughts: Seems like a cool gadget until you have to live with it and work with it. It should be taken off sale and recalled for trying to mimic a phone
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Pros: SiRFstar III Chip for fast GPS acquisition
Cons: Short battery life
Other Thoughts: This is a really cool gadget that combines cell phone, PDA, and GPS into one unit. All three parts function well after a little getting used to.
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“SiRFstar III Chip for fast GPS acquisition— Fro 5/19/2007
Included maps are excellent
Touchscreen sensitivity and brightness very ...”
“-It's a rock-solid Pocket PC. It's fast, it's tiny, and runs all sorts of 3rd party programs that make it a great ...”— Nate 8/28/2007