The Good The Pharos Traveler 127 ships with navigation software, so there's no need for a subscription-based location-based service. The Windows Mobile smartphone also offers 3G support, Wi-Fi, and a 2-megapixel camera.
The Bad The smartphone can be extremely sluggish at times, and the Smart Navigator app isn't the most easy to use. Expandable memory is restricted when using the navigation software
The Bottom Line While the Pharos Traveler 127 holds the advantage over most GPS-enabled smartphones by coming preloaded with navigation software, it loses any competitive edge it had due to sluggish performance.
Pharos Traveler GPS 127
The smartphone space has become really competitive, especially in the past year, and it's packed with a wide variety of great devices. However, as far as GPS-enabled smartphones go, Pharos is trying to outdo the competition by including navigation software on the handset, so you're not required to sign up for a subscription-based service or rely on a cellular connection to access maps. The Pharos Traveler 127 is one of three recent models (along with the Pharos Traveler 137 and the Pharos Traveler 117) released by the company and while the Windows Mobile smartphone proved to be a reliable navigator, it takes a while to get there. The handset is extremely sluggish, and the included Smart Navigator software isn't the easiest to use. At around $530 unlocked, we'd much rather spend the money on the HTC Touch Cruise and get both accurate navigation and snappier performance.
Like the BlackBerry Tour and the HTC Snap, the Pharos Traveler 127 features a slate QWERTY design, but it's quite a bit thicker and heavier than the others at 4.5 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.6 inch thick and 5.1 ounces. The smartphone also has a boxier shape and looks more industrial rather than sexy and sleek, so it's not going to win any beauty contests. On the positive side, it's got quite a sturdy construction that looks like it can take a beating (though, of course, not recommended) and a soft-touch finish covers most of the device to give the handset extra durability.