It’s fair to call me a technology junkie. As in addict. I can’t get enough when it comes to some of my favorite computers, tech companies, gadgets and toys.
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?
Like most cars today, when I purchased my car, I could have also purchased the in dash navigation kit; but it cost an extra $2,500. I said I can buy a good window mount GPS kit from TomTom or Garmin for $200. But I haven’t. I’m still using the Treo and the Palm GPS puck.
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…]