Pharos Traveler 137 Announced
In what is shaping up to be an active 2009 CES, Pharos has announced the Traveler 137 GPS Smartphone, which we first got wind of back in the fall and later recognized as a Velocity Mobile design.
The quad-band, Windows Mobile 6.1 based handset will have integrated GPS and navigation software. Expected to be available late in the first quarter of this year, the Traveler 137 distinguishes itself from other GPS enabled phones by not requiring a cellular signal to operate as a navigational device. Pharos uses its Smart Navigator software with the Traveler 137 for a "pay as you go" service.
The Traveler 137 comes with the standard Windows Mobile features including Bluetooth, WiFi, a 3-megapixel camera and as preloaded maps of the United States. Additional maps can be purchased through Pharos. The Traveler also has the ability to use Windows Live Search maps. The projected pricing for the Traveler 137 is $599.95.
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Some other sites seem to think this could be a Touch HD competitor because it has a similarly-sized WVGA screen. I dunno any specs outside of the screen resolution, though... Also just a minor gripe: what do people think of Live Search on VGA/WVGA? Live Search came pre-installed on my Touch Pro (VGA) and I gotta tell you that the maps are almost unreadable because the text is so small. I assume that Microsoft just ported the QVGA version and didn't update the tiles... I dunno. I just know that the program is almost unusable on my Sprint Touch Pro. Google Maps isn't much better, but the tiles are at least legible.