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Halfway To Paradise With Mobile Crossing's WayPoint 200 PDA/GPS

Setting Up The WayPoint 200 For A Trip

Once I got things straight and charged the PDA and GPS receiver, I was pretty much ready to go. The WayPoint software and a set of maps are preinstalled on the device. The GPS receiver and Pocket PC link to each other using Bluetooth. A Bluetooth radio is built into the receiver, while the PDA's Bluetooth radio is supplied in a CompactFlash adapter that goes into the top of the unit.

When I opened the WayPoint software, the PDA asked me if I wanted to search for a Bluetooth-based GPS receiving device. After ensuring that the GPS receiver was turned on, I responded in the affirmative. The PDA operating system then set the Bluetooth parameters so that the two devices were able to connect automatically when the PDA booted up. So from then on, every time I started WayPoint, the PDA and GPS began communicating without any intervention on my part and I was ready to go.

This is the WayPoint 200 main window.

Once WayPoint was up and running, I had to set up my first route. I planned to test the device by driving with a friend from West Los Angeles to the posh costal town of Malibu about 15 miles away. We were going to have lunch with friends at a restaurant on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). First, I loaded the correct set of map segments for the area I needed to navigate through. A nice feature is that after I selected a location from the map choice window, WayPoint would open all contiguous maps so I didn't "fall off the end of the Earth" as I moved toward my destination. The PDA comes with NAVTEQ's excellent maps installed; the device lists at $700 with a set of regional maps (WayPoint 200), and at $750 with maps for the whole nation (WayPoint 205).

With the appropriate map segments loaded, I next found the start and end points for my trip. You can use the current GPS location for the starting point or you can find a location by street or address (even an address in your PDA's Contacts list), street intersection, a place or a business, and by latitude and longitude. You can save routes that you use frequently. I used the current GPS location - my condo - as my starting point, and the address of the restaurant as my end point.

Selecting the start and end points for a route on the WayPoint 200.