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Pharos Traveler GPS 137

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and design. The screen and usability also get good feedback, but there are some less positive reviews about the voice guidance and memory. There are some mixed comments about the build quality.

usability, screen, design, size

performance, reliability, memory, voice guidance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Pharos Traveler GPS 137 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Pharos Traveler GPS 137

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Pharos Traveler GPS 137 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

design, usability, reliability

performance

54% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Pharos Traveler 137

 

The Traveler 137 from Pharos Science & Applications is an excellent touchscreen smartphone with impressive connectivity features, including compatibility with the 3G data networks of both AT&T and T-Mobile. If you're not a Windows Mobile veteran,...

Dual 3G data capability (AT&T and T-Mobile) ; Excellent, high-resolution screen

Stylus needed for tiny Windows Mobile menus ; Roller mouse takes practice to master

Excellent business phone, but a Windows 6.5 upgrade would add some much-needed pizazz.

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Pharos Traveler GPS 137 (unlocked)

 

Earlier this month, we looked at the Pharos Traveler 127. The GPS-enabled smartphone offered the advantage of coming with its own navigation software and maps, which eliminated the need for fee-based location services and a cellular connection....

The Pharos Traveler 137 features a bright touch screen and ships with navigation software and maps, so there's no need for a location-based service. The smartphone also offers 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera

The Traveler 137 is sluggish. The navigation software is unintuitive and didn't always provide accurate directions

While better designed than the Traveler 127, the Pharos Traveler 137 still suffers from performance and navigation issues.

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Pharos Traveler GPS 137 Cell Phone Reveiw

 

Earlier this month, we looked at the Pharos Traveler 127. The GPS-enabled smartphone offered the advantage of coming with its own navigation software and maps, which eliminated the need for ...

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Pharos Traveler 137 Preview

 

Pharos recently took the wraps off the Traveler 137, a Windows Mobile smartphone with a WVGA touchscreen and a focus on navigation

This device will be sold unlocked directly to consumers, who will be able to use it with any GSM carrier

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"overall its a good phone"

 

I am overal pleased with the support hat you get from Pharos. They are always willing to answer problems and they have been fairly quick about fixing some of this phones initial quirkyness and they continue to come up with updates to make the phone...

I love the look and feel of the phone. I like the fact that I dont see these in everyones hands every 5 minutes like the iphone. I like the screens and the SPB mobile shell.

the biggest pain for me is the battery life. They indicate 7 hours of talk time, I barely get 7 hours at standby. My phone drains 30 % within a half hour of taking it off the charger and not using it.

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Beware Have a backup!

 

If you choose to buy always have a ready backup. Alot of hype. Returning the one i have had for less then 2 months

Good looking, slim, nice size screen, new applications. GPS is nice

Slow, freezes alot, won't read memory card or sim card at times. Getting support is hard. Not much support listed on website

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"Beware Have a backup!"

 

If you choose to buy always have a ready backup. Alot of hype. Returning the one i have had for less then 2 months

Good looking, slim, nice size screen, new applications. GPS is nice.

Slow, freezes alot, won't read memory card or sim card at times. Getting support is hard. Not much support listed on website.

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Pharos Traveler GPS 137 (unlocked)

 

I am overal pleased with the support hat you get from Pharos. They are always willing to answer problems and they have been fairly quick about fixing some of this phones initial quirkyness and they continue to come up with updates to make the phone...

I love the look and feel of the phone. I like the fact that I dont see these in everyones hands every 5 minutes like the iphone. I like the screens and the SPB mobile shell

the biggest pain for me is the battery life. They indicate 7 hours of talk time, I barely get 7 hours at standby. My phone drains 30 % within a half hour of taking it off the charger and not using it

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Pharos Traveler GPS 137 (unlocked)

 

If you choose to buy always have a ready backup. Alot of hype. Returning the one i have had for less then 2 months

Good looking, slim, nice size screen, new applications. GPS is nice

Slow, freezes alot, won't read memory card or sim card at times. Getting support is hard. Not much support listed on website

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Good, but could be better

 

Would have given it 5 eggs except for 2 primary reasons: 1. it's taken them several ROM updates to get it where I actually like using it daily. 2. FM headset connector is non-standard. Slightly better specs than the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2, minus the...

Big, bright, colorful screen ; Unlocked, and runs on both T-Mobile 3G and AT&T (1900Mhz, not the 850Mhz) 3G networks ; Included GPS software with all maps on microSD card so you don't need a data connection ; Solidly built, with solid feel and no...

Runs a little hot. Have had it shutdown on me a couple times while running processor intensive program ; Has gone through 3 ROM updates since release (they finally got a very functional build with the last update). If you don't want to flash your phone...

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Product Specifications

The Traveler 137 is a GPS smartphone with 3.5" flush touch-screen WVGA display. Its instinctive touch-and-sweep interface makes using the powerful Windows phone fun and easy; its 3.5G communication capability brings a world of information to your fingertips. The smartphone features a tri-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE cellular modems. It offers industry-leading 7.2Mbps download and 2Mbps upload speeds enabling fast web browsing, email and other Internet services. There are two on-board cameras, an auto-focus 3.1 megapixels digital camera for recording pictures and video, and a 0.3 megapixel camera for video conference.

Battery

Capacity:1380mAh
Standby Time (PB):200hours
Talk Time (PB):240minutes
Technology:Lithium ion

Calculator

Type:Basic

CE Input Device

Type:Touch sensitive screen

Cellular

Band:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Combined with:With two digital cameras / digital player / GPS receiver
Integrated Components:2nd camera / Digital camera / Digital player / GPS receiver/Digital camera / 2nd camera / Digital player / GPS receiver
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:Not specified
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Type:Smartphone
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / IEEE 802.11b

Communicator Features

Operating System:Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.5in/4.6in
Height:0.5in/4.6in
Weight:4.9oz
Width:2.4in

Display

Color Depth:16-bit (65000 colors)
Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD / miniSD/microSDHC

Header

Manufacturer:Pharos Science & Applications
Model:137/137E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pharos Traveler GPS

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access): Yes

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:3.1Megapixel

Organizer

Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes
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