Dell Axim X51v Bluetooth GPS review

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POIs can be turned on or off individually, but with groups of just eight categories it lacks fine control. Turning off Transport removes petrol stations and railway stations, when these are usually separate choices in other software. We were also dismayed that London Underground stations and cash machines were missing. The button on the main screen to quickly toggle all POIs on or off is welcome, with buttons for mute, north/travel-direction up and GPS status.

Dell Axim X51v Bluetooth GPS review

You can view the map in 2D or in three 3D angles, but as you approach junctions a 2D close-up appears with a turn indicator, road names and a distance bar. Although this is clearly laid out, it’s less confusing to disable it and stick to a single layout. You can rely on audio instructions instead, which are superbly clear and give a distance followed by a turn instruction.

There’s no way to save pre-planned routes for use at a later date and there’s no integration with your list of contacts. But there are some unusual features, such as a fog mode that beeps every time you approach a junction as well as more common ones like speed warnings.

Dell’s GPS package is the one to go for if you want a top-spec PDA, although if your priority is full European maps the Mio A201 is a better-value choice. But if money is no object, the X51v kit is well worth considering if you can live with the absent POI categories and slightly inconsistent software.

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