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Asus Pocket PCs offer GPS capabilities

Asus has unveiled two new Pocket PCs that will be at the forefront of tech junkies dreams. The A636 Pocket PC runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 and features the SiRF Star II GPS chipset and Destinator navigation software for integrated GPS capabilities.

WiFi and Bluetooth for connectivity, an SD slot for memory and a QVGA display are on the A636, the A632 is basically the same, except it removes the WiFi capabilities and adds a miniSD slot. The two devices are the first two Pocket PCs to ship to the U.S. with integrated GPS.

Both devices work well in either portrait or landscape. A GPS receiver panel slides out when you need it and hides flush in the back when you don’t. The ergonomics are reportedly excellent, even if it isn’t the most attractive machine out there.

Most PDAs with GPS that we have seen so far have had to sacrifice PDA performance for GPS capabilities. These two devices do not seem to do so. It’s not the tiniest machine ever at 4.8 x 2.88 x 0.76 inches and 6.56 ounces.

The A636 will cost $599.

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