I just saw that google has released google maps for the palm device. I think this will be a helpful feature and I am going to download and try it out. However, this piece of news reminded me of something I wanted to blog about. I have been using TomTom software on my Treo 650, connected with a Bluetooth GPS receiver, for sometime. I decided to go this route after I got a ticket for speeding. I was trying to get to a client’s office in a remote location, and was looking at my printed maps and not at the speed limit signs.
I made sure that the version that I bought is compatible with the Treo 650 and 700. I like having the Bluetooth receiver separate from the mount, so I can put it in my pocket and walk around with it.
If you have your contacts linked with a practice management software, like Amicus or TimeMatters, you can click on a client’s contact and get instant directions to their office.
The Palm version still gives you the voices that say directions like, “At 100 Yard turn left." I use the American Women’s voice, but have been tempted to download the gangster voice, so when I miss my turn on the interstate, I can hear a wise guy say “forget about it”.
The TomTom software will tell you how many miles to your destination, how much time remaining, and what time you will get there. This is always extremely accurate. I am no longer worried about being late for an appointment or wasting 30 minutes trying to find the place.
On a side note, before I jumped into the world of legal consulting I used to own a map company that made street atlases of various cities. I can really appreciate how accurate TomTom’s maps are and the level of detail they put into their program. TomTom and other software like it was the main reason I got out of that business, because their product was so superior, and in the long run , it was cheaper than anything our company could produce.