Half smartphone, half GPS, the Memory-Map Android GPS TX3 does a little bit of everything with a rugged rating that will make the most adventurous spirits jealous. Unfortunately, it’s only available for the UK region, but the idea is kind of awesome, so I thought I’d include it in case we have any readers ‘across the pond’ so to speak. Seems about time someone thought to add an actual GPS chip inside a smartphone…
Anyway, this phone/GPS device is designed to function as a fully-featured android smartphone when you add any monthly SIM card from any network. (Alternatively, the device has Wifi and Bluetooth capabilities, so provided you could get signal you could also choose to use net calling via Skype or something of that sort while in town.) You can plan routes on your computer with the Memory-Map software that will be included with the purchase, or use the TrailZilla website to plan and share routes online, then email them to your Android GPS TX3. The device has a GPS chip for accurate trail route tracking, and is waterproof (rated to IP68 and Military 810G standards).
You can use the device as a lower cost alternative to an outdoor rugged phone and GPS partner or even to replace your dedicated GPS unit in a pinch. Designed as a multi-purpose device, the phone/GPS is pre-loaded with the Memory-Map Android App and available with a choice of Ordnance Survey mapping pre-loaded on SD card or as a ‘base unti’ with a blank SD cards to use with any other Memory-Map products.
Available maps seem to mostly be in Great Britain, Wales, Ireland and the surrounding areas. The device is available for preorder and will cost £229.