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Pharos Traveler 137

Pricey but unlocked

Familar but attractive design

Pocketful

Back view

Touch screen

Navigation controls

Camera phone

Good photo quality

First introduced at CES 2009, the Pharos Traveler 137 is a Windows Mobile-based smartphone with integrated GPS and navigation software. Unlike other similarly equipped devices, the Traveler 137 does not require a cellular connection to operate as a GPS device.
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The Traveler 137 is sold unlocked through various online retailers, including Amazon, Dell, eXpansys, and Newegg, for $599.95, though you can receive a $250 discount if you sign up for a two-year T-Mobile contract through Pharos.
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The Pharos Traveler 137 has a sleek and attractive design that's similar to other candy-bar-style, touch-screen smartphones like the Samsung Omnia.
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The smartphone measures 4.6 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide and 0.5 thick and weighs 4.9 ounces, so it's not the most pocket-friendly device.
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However, the Traveler 137 has a nice, solid construction and features a soft-touch finish on back to give it a nonslippery texture.
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The Traveler 137's boasts a 3.5-inch WVGA touch screen that displays 65,000 colors at a 480x800 pixel resolution. It's super-sharp and vibrant, however, the smartphone is a bit sluggish, so the touch screen wasn't always responsive and the built-in accelerometer was a bit erratic.
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While you'll use the smartphone's touch screen most of the time, there are some buttons below the display, including a trackball navigator, a Start menu shortcut, and an OK button.
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The Pharos Traveler 137 features a 3.1-megapixel camera that can also geotag photos with the built-in GPS.
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We were quite impressed with the photo quality of the smartphone's camera. Images were clear and while colors could have been a little more rich, we were satisfied overall.
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