Can I install any TomTom software on a PDA?


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Hi all,

I'm going around in circles here trying to figure this out. Basically, I want to buy a PDA with a GPS and install TomTom on it. There are so many different versions of TomTom on the site, I can't tell if the difference is the software or the hardware though.

I don't need up to date traffic information. Basically, I was looking at the TomTom ONE XL and thought I could just buy a cheap PDA and install the same software on that, can't I?

Do PDA's not have as good reception as the TomTom unit?

Thanks for any help.
 
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dhn

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TomTom's software is linux based; PDA's are not as best as I can tell. Therefore, even if you could copy the firmware onto a pda, it wouldn't run.

Interestingly (or maybe not), there are rumours that TomTom (and other companies) had software ready to run on an Apple I-Phone 3G but Apple would not allow the licensing to go through.
 
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Wow, always such quick replies on here, thanks guys!

I did have TomTom running on a Windows based PDA a few years back, it worked fine. I do recall it taking a long time to connect when we were in a city zone with tall buildings though.

The bloke who sits next to me keeps on telling me to buy a dedicated TomTom and stop trying to save cash! Maybe he's right :) Once you've bought a dedicated TomTom ONE XL, can you get software updates each time they come out?

Thanks again.
 

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Software (or firmware, same thing) updates are always free. New maps cost more, of course.
 
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