Saturday, January 8, 2011
Frugal, or Just Plain Cheap?
I've lost track of how many Palm OS PDAs I have. I have a Newton Message Pad and a Palm Foleo. Throw in some iPods, BlackBerries, Treos (Windows Mobile and Palm OS), and an iPhone for good measure.
So, why I am I still using the ancient (read: 4 years old) Palm GPS Navigator kit and a Treo 755p for driving directions?
Part of the reason why I haven't upgraded is because it's functional. I like the interface, the 3D maps, and "Mandy", my female digital co-pilot, and the GPS puck doesn't rely on any cell towers for triangulating location - it talks with the satellites in space. (I'm still amazed that such a small device that fits in my pocket can talk to a satellite orbiting the Earth.)
Sure, I can't upgrade the maps on the bundled 1GB SD card. I can't download new voices, a feature that I do think I would use.
Am I being cheap? Frugal? I'd like to think I'm being frugal because the GPS kit still works. But I think that the real reason that I have not upgraded to a new window mounted GPS kit is because, as much as I like to admit I'm a technology addict, GPS units are on the outskirts of my addiction.
[Photos via PalmInfoCenter.com...]