Pros and Cons by GPS Form Factor
(updated 04/06/03)

Form Factor Pros Cons
Bluetooth GPS
  • Wireless:
    • Choose placement for best reception
    • Inconspicuous
  • Autonomy (extendable)
  • Excellent performance thanks to IIe/LP chipset
  • Expensive (getting cheaper as of 02/03)
  • Requires BT enabled PocketPC (except GPSmart)
Compact Flash GPS
  • Will fit most current PPCs
  • Can be used outside a car
  • No cables
Mouse GPS
  • Cheapest dedicated PPC solution
  • Powered by car (not by PPC)
  • Limited to car use
  • Might cause cable clutter
  • Cables not available for all PPCs
Sleeve GPS
  • Tight integration
  • Offers CF memory slot for maps
  • Can only be used with iPaq PPCs
  • Fairly expensive without software bundle
Standalone GPS
  • Can be cheap for simple models
  • Can be used without a PocketPC
  • Might cause cable clutter
  • Cables not available for all PPCs
Integrated Navigation Solution
  • "TV-like"operation
    • Instant-on
    • Well integrated
  • Slick/integrated design
  • Expensive (but less than embedded car solution)
  • Can't change software