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I don't know if this is any good but it seems a reasonable price for a sat-nav phone.

The new TWIG handset combines the familiarity, portability and ease-of-use of a mobile phone, with the convenience, functionality and responsiveness of true satellite navigation.

More than this, though, TWIG takes GPS further, transforming satellite navigation into personal navigation - that is, connecting you to your surroundings with real-time data and services directly related to your exact location.

In addition to navigation services such as street mapping and POI (Point of Interest), TWIG provides location-specific functions such as real-time user tracking; and personal location sharing between friends and family. With TWIG, you can find your friends and contact them, all from the same device.


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A REVOLUTIONARY GSM/GPS PERSONAL NAVIGATION DEVICE

The new TWIG Discovery is the first personal navigation device on the market to combine GSM mobile telephony with GPS navigation capability all-in-one handset. It combines the comfort and ease-of-use of in-car GPS voice guidance systems with the familiar, user-friendly and portable format of a mobile phone. The pre-installed navigation system on the TWIG Discovery removes the need for an additional expensive GPS receiver or download costs.

Take a look at the service solutions built-into the TWIG Discovery:

TWIG FINDER an easy way to locate fellow TWIG users. Simply by requesting a position from a specific user, the device will calculate navigation instructions on how to reach their given position.

TWIG ROUTE whether youre walking or driving, TWIG uses clear, detailed mapping of street or road networks and navigates you the optimum route from where you are to where you want to go.

TWIG POI (Point of Interest) it could be a petrol station, a famous restaurant or a historic castle, whatever your choice of destination, TWIG POI navigates you to your chosen point of interest individually, or as part of a planned route.

TWIG ALERT if youre lost or have a problem, your TWIG handset can be programmed to either open a voice call and/or send a SMS with the position, time/date stamp and if applicable direction of travel of the handset just by pressing the dedicated Alert key.
So, whether youre in the car, walking along a street, trying to find your friend, or just want to locate a place of interest, your Twig Discovery navigates and guides you clearly and simply to that location.
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#1
seems good for the price. Also there are lot of things in the box. voted hot

GPRS 900/1800/1900 + GPS handset
Battery cover
Li-Ion 1000 mAh battery
Mains fast charger
Phone user manual
Navigation user manual
Personal Hands Free (Headset)
USB Data cable
Mini-SD Card with Country maps
TWIG PC Tool SW CD-ROM ( includes user manual on CD)
TWIG Car mounting kit ZE3052 ( holder+swan-neck suction pad+car charger).
#2
anyone got any idea if this works for point-to-point routing for cars, what maps it includes and how you update the maps or get maps for other countries?
#3
Don't like phone satnavs myself, having persevered with various ones for 18 months and finally given up, this seems like a good deal as the Nokia 6210 Navigator is £200+ Sim free.

I'l see that others say.
#4
Big reduction in price (over £300 at launch 2006) Reviews however are less than impressive;

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/0,39029453,49284798-2,00.htm

I'm sure there are better budget satnavs out there for not much more unless you really need a mobile with built in satnav that works intermittently.
#5
bet you have to subscribe for software updates
#6
£55 for a sim free phone, damn good find ;-)
#7
great find heat added
#8
androoski
Don't like phone satnavs myself, having persevered with various ones for 18 months and finally given up, this seems like a good deal as the Nokia 6210 Navigator is £200+ Sim free.

I'l see that others say.


£129 at play.com
#9
waqas
£129 at play.com



Nope. £229.

Play.com is one of the places I checked it before I posted.

http://www.play.com/Mobiles/Mobile/4-/5180994/Nokia-6210-Navigator-Sim-Free-Unlocked-Mobile-Phone/Product.html
#10
your both right, £129 vodaphone PAYG & £229 sim free


rev
#11
revmacca
your both right, £129 vodaphone PAYG & £229 sim free


rev


And my original post said SIM free, like the handset in the deal.
#12
Technical

A REVOLUTIONARY GSM/GPS PERSONAL NAVIGATION DEVICE

The new TWIG Discovery is the first personal navigation device on the market to combine GSM mobile telephony with GPS navigation capability all-in-one handset. It combines the comfort and ease-of-use of in-car GPS voice guidance systems with the familiar, user-friendly and portable format of a mobile phone. The pre-installed navigation system on the TWIG Discovery removes the need for an additional expensive GPS receiver or download costs.

Take a look at the service solutions built-into the TWIG Discovery:

TWIG FINDER – an easy way to locate fellow TWIG users. Simply by requesting a position from a specific user, the device will calculate navigation instructions on how to reach their given position.

TWIG ROUTE – whether you’re walking or driving, TWIG uses clear, detailed mapping of street or road networks and navigates you the optimum route from where you are to where you want to go.

TWIG POI (Point of Interest) – it could be a petrol station, a famous restaurant or a historic castle, whatever your choice of destination, TWIG POI navigates you to your chosen point of interest individually, or as part of a planned route.

TWIG ALERT – if you’re lost or have a problem, your TWIG handset can be programmed to either open a voice call and/or send a SMS with the position, time/date stamp and if applicable direction of travel of the handset – just by pressing the dedicated Alert key.
So, whether you’re in the car, walking along a street, trying to find your friend, or just want to locate a place of interest, your Twig Discovery navigates and guides you clearly and simply to that location.

GPRS 900/1800/1900 + GPS handset
Battery cover
Li-Ion 1000 mAh battery
Mains fast charger
Phone user manual
Navigation user manual
Personal Hands Free (Headset)
USB Data cable
Mini-SD Card with Country maps
TWIG PC Tool SW CD-ROM ( includes user manual on CD)
TWIG Car mounting kit ZE3052 ( holder+swan-neck suction pad+car charger)

REVIEW ONLY BELOW

Benefon are a Finnish company specialising in GSM handsets with inbuilt GPS capabilities, and the Benefon Twig is the latest in their handset line. It's a much more consumer-orientated device that other Benefon handsets, many of which are aimed at business and industrial applications, and at first glance it looks like a fairly standard mobile phone.

However, the interesting feature with the Benefon Twig is the inbuilt GPS (global positioning system) combined with the "Twig Navigation" satellite navigation system (with data sourced from Navteq). Unlike many other solutions that combine a phone and SatNav system, the Twig is a completely integrated system, so there's no messing around with cables, paring devices and trying to get third party software to run. Benefon specialise in these sort of systems, so the overall approach looks very promising.

The Twig comes with an SD card slot, and maps can either be downloaded via GPRS or installed with a memory card. This is a pretty similar approach to other SatNav systems, but it must be noted that this is a GPRS-only device so the download speeds are likely to be a little slow.. however, as with other SatNav systems, most people will probably use the memory card rather than a direct download to the device. The advantage of the integrated system here is that it's possible to pull live traffic reports and other information directly onto the Twig, and the satellite navigation system can then adjust your route accordingly.

Inside is an ARM9 processor running at 312MHz, similar to the CPU in TomTom GPS navigators. Internal memory is 32Mb with up to 1Gb of storage on the SD card. The display is a 176x220 pixel TFT panel in 256k colours measuring around 2" diagonally. The Benefon Twig is a tri-band GSM device, available in either 900/1800/1900 MHz or 850/1800/1900 MHz configurations, it also has Bluetooth, a WAP 2.0 browser and an email client, plus synchronisation with MS Outlook and Lotus Notes. It's a Bluetooth phone, and there will also be a variety of car kits available (which is handy for the satellite navigation function).

Primarily, the Twig seems to be aimed at people who want GPS wherever they go, and this handset is pretty convenient to carry around, being roughly the same size as a 3G phone. Compare this with a device such as a TomTom Go, which weighs 310 grams and you'd need a phone if you want to integrate live traffic information. It lacks the big, touch-sensitive display of the TomTom though, but overall it's a very convenient all-in-one package that should appeal to those people who don't want to lug a separate SatNav system about with them.
#13
I want one.
#14
Cheers have ordered
#15
:thumbsup::lol: i cant belive it i bought two phone one for my hubby and one for me then i read all them comment that was the best dont matter great offer any way thanks for letting me know can you trust the company
#16
http://www.twigworld.com/catalog/files/Disc_Manual_ENG.pdf

manual there for anyone interested :thumbsup:
#17
Expect this to have very outdated maps from at least 2006 and don't expect to be able to update the maps. Cheaper than a second hand Nokia N95 running the latest GarminXT but you can get upto date maps for that.
#18
Is this better than using the free nav4all software on your phoneand a bluetooth gps they are around £30 ish?
#19
I have a work issue one of these and can honestly say they are awful. The GPS takes an eternity to pick up a signal outdoors and is useless in the car or anywhere near a building (bearing in mind this device is supposed to be linked to a tracking centre for my safety)

Battery life is unbelievably bad and dies without warning and then will not recharge immediately, software on phone is likened to a 5 year old nokia (prob around the time colour screens came in) but saying that is at least simple to use for basic functions, phone text etc

Im not going to vote cold as this is an opinion on the phone and not the deal. However if youre looking for a GPS phone look elsewhere, if you want a simple to use phone, buy a cheaper PAYG Nokia
#20
Did anyone actually order this and recieve it ?
I just noticed on the Ideal World site link above it's not available but there web site at the minute is saying there £337.66 .........................

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