I was excited when the Clarion Mind GPS navigator/mobile internet device hit the United States earlier in 2008, and even though Clarion pissed me off earlier in December, I’m excited to see Boing Boing Gadgets take the device to the review slate. While it did GPS navigation justice, it isn’t quite what Boing Boing would call a capable mobile internet device. Says the reviewer:
“Like a smartphone without the phone or a netbook without a keyboard, it doesn’t quite nail the sweet spot assumed to lie between the two forms.”
But from a GPS perspective, turn-by-turn directions were fast, accurate, and smooth and with a powerful 800 MHz Intel Atom CPU Google Earth is impressive on the Mind as well. And the processing power does media playback justice too.
If the device is missing anything it’s 3G connectivity relegating internet access to Wi-Fi hotspot use, better battery life, and downloadable applications or add-ons. A 3G model is expected to come in 2009 however.
Currently you can find the Clarion Mind GPS navigator at Amazon for $649.99.