CON­NECTED NAV­I­GA­TOR

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

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 Car Pad 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.

MAYMYINDIA CARPAD 5

Price:

` 19,990

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