Connected Navigator

 Nidhi Singal        Print Edition: October 2012

MAPMYINDIA CARPAD 5
Price: Rs 19,990


Navigators are on an evolutionary path. Last year, MapmyIndia combined a tablet and a navigator and now the company has come up with a slightly compact yet connected car product that can make and receive calls as well.

The CarPad 5 is a chunky piece of hardware with a 5-inch capacitive touch display dominating the front. Running the Android v2.3, it also has a set of traditional touch keys (back, menu and home). Like tablets, there is a non-removable back cover and battery. As a result, the SIM card slot has been placed on the side panel.

The tablet had MapmyIndia's Aura with 3D landmarks and building footprints across 34 major cities. As expected, it instantly locked on to the GPS signals when outdoors. Thanks to the capacitive touch display and the familiar QWERTY keyboard, keying in instructions was simple.

The CarPad 5 also has access to Google Play Store for downloading apps. When connected to data over Wi-Fi or 3G network, we could browse the Web, stream videos and access email. You can receive calls via speakerphone or a Bluetooth headset, but it is not comfortable to say the least.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?
Not worth the price.

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