Found: A good use for the Nokia Tablet

Navicore releases Bluetooth GPS receiver for Nokia 770 Internet Tablet.

OK, I know I may be in the minority here (check out these user opinions), but I'm not a fan of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. Yes, it's portable; yes, it lets you surf the Web. I also realize it's not meant to be a PDA or a laptop replacement, but I just keep asking myself, "Why? Why would I want this thing?"

But wait, before you pour on the hate mail, let me just say, I may be changing my tune--just maybe.

Navicore has released a solution, simply called the Nokia Navigation Kit, that allows you to turn the Nokia 770 into a portable navigation device. Now, this is something I can get onboard with; the 770's bright touch screen would be perfect for viewing maps, and it's actually something I'd use in my daily life.

The kit includes the Navicore Personal 2007 software, a Bluetooth GPS receiver, and a vehicle mount. It's available for around $248, but it looks like we folks in the States will have to plunk down some extra change since the kit ships only with maps of continental Europe and the U.K. Oh, and it can play copilot to other other Symbian S60, S80, UIQ3 devices, so you're not just limited to the Nokia 770. The Navicore solution should be available in November, hopefully just in time for it to guide your way to Grandma's for Thanksgiving.

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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