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Pharos Traveler GPS 117 / 127

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the voice guidance. The screen also gets good feedback. Some have doubts about the value for money and design.

performance, screen, voice guidance

usability, build quality, memory, design, value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Pharos Traveler GPS 117 / 127 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Pharos Traveler GPS 117 / 127

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Pharos Traveler GPS 117 / 127 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

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29% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pharos Traveler 127 Unlocked Phone with gps navigation, Wi-Fi, Windows Mobile 6.1, 2 MP Camera, Media Player, and MicroSD Slot--U.S. Version with FullPharos Traveler 127 Unlocked Phone with GPS, Wi-Fi, Windows Mobile 6.1, 2 MP Camera, Media Player, and MicroSD Slot--U.S. Version with Full WarrantyPharos Traveler 127 Unlocked Phone with gps navigation, Wi-Fi, Windows Mobile 6.1, 2 MP Camera, Media Player, and MicroSD Slot--U.S. Version with Full

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Pharos Traveler GPS 127

 

The smartphone space has become really competitive, especially in the past year, and it's packed with a wide variety of great devices. However, as far as GPS-enabled smartphones go, Pharos is trying to outdo the competition by including navigation...

The Pharos Traveler 127 ships with navigation software, so there's no need for a subscription-based location-based service. The Windows Mobile smartphone also offers 3G support, Wi-Fi, and a 2-megapixel camera.

The smartphone can be extremely sluggish at times, and the Smart Navigator app isn't the most easy to use. Expandable memory is restricted when using the navigation software

While the Pharos Traveler 127 holds the advantage over most GPS-enabled smartphones by coming preloaded with navigation software, it loses any competitive edge it had due to sluggish performance.

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GPS, Cell Phone Mashup More of a Train Wreck

 

But seriously, Pharos (motto: "lighthouse of the 21st century") is hardly a household name in the mobile phone world, and the company's Traveler 127 isn't likely to make it one. The overall idea is fine on the surface: It's a QWERTY-enabled 3-G…

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Traveler 127

 

The Pharos Traveler 127 ($530, unlocked) Windows Mobile smart phone packs tons of features, including a highly capable GPS. Unfortunately, this handset lives up to the WinMo reputation of coupling a confusing interface with sluggish performance.

Solid GPS capabilities Responsive, crisp touch screen

Confusing user interface Handset's build feels cheap

With so many GPS-enabled phones on the market, it is difficult to say whether it is worth dropping $530 on the Pharos Traveler 127. In its favor: The Pharos's Smart Navigator software is good and fairly accurate. But its interface is confusing, and the...

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Pharos Traveler 127 Phone Review

 

Solid GPS capabilities ; Responsive, crisp touch screen

Confusing user interface ; Handset's build feels cheap

The feature-packed Pharos Traveler 127 delivers solid GPS features, but has a counterintuitive user interface.

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Pharos Traveler 127

 

In the world of consumer electronics, a long list of features is desirable, but ultimately that doesn't matter if the user experience is poor. This truism sums up the Pharos Traveler 127 ($529.95 list), a GPS-focused smartphone whose features fail to...

Solid voice quality and reception. GPS radio works independently of cellular reception

Very slow performance. Buggy software. Poor camera. Difficult to dial phone numbers. SIM card and GPS settings require reconfiguration with every reboot. GPS app doesn't pronounce street names. Clumsy microSD card slot design

Given their high up-front cost, unlocked phones are already a tough sell. It's even worse when one has as many shortcomings as Pharos's latest GPS-focused smartphone.

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Pharos Traveler GPS 127 Cell Phone Review

 

The smartphone space has become really competitive, especially in the past year, and it's packed with a wide variety of great devices. However, as far as GPS-enabled smartphones go, Pharos ...

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Pharos Traveler GPS 127 Smartphone

 

The GPS feature on many smartphones these days sometimes stands as a case in point for the disadvantages of a multi-functional device. Is it worth paying a premium on a gadget that does a variety of things, but none of them very well? The Pharos...

Enter into the picture the Pharos Traveler GPS 127. The Traveler 127 was developed to provide smartphone users with GPS capability already enabled on the phone, without the need for a subscription or cellular service. The navigation software comes...

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Review Of Pharos Traveler GPS 127 Cell Phone

 

The world is developing in the Jet speed and there are so many instances that show us that within a few years, there is so huge development in the world. For example, there was never even a thought of passing the message to the far places before the...

The Pharos Traveler 127 is the cell phone with the best navigation software. It's a mobile wit the features of smartphone and also having services of Windows. The exclusive features are being the Wi-Fi, and a 2-megapixel camera

The smart phones are generally the cells with the feature of being nearer to the perfection. But still, it is a mechanical device and therefore it lacks some amount of deficiency in the phone. Sometimes it is too sluggish. The expandable memory...

:The Pharos Traveler 127 is the smartphone with the advantage of having GPS. It is also having the fascinating feature of navigation software so becomes user friendly. So, over all its good but the lack of continuity makes the phone somewhat sluggish.

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Pharos Traveler 127 (Unlocked)

 

The Traveler 127 smartphone has cutting-edge GPS navigation software, but as a handset it's sluggish and uneven. Pharos will have to do much better than this to snag new customers.

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Pharos Traveler 127 Review

 

The exterior case has been finished with a "soft touch" feel that is comfortable to hold and doesn't catch fingerprints and smudges. That also means that the phone isn't slippery at all, and feels good in the hand. It's about as wide a device as is...

Great screen ; Usable keyboard ; Surprisingly good camera ; Excellent call quality

Navigation software difficult to use

The built-in GPS is very fast when pinpointing my location, but the menu system is clunky and doesn't offer anything close to the flawless experience of carrier-mediated services such as Verizon's. It isn't really integrated into the device as a whole,...

Product Specifications

The Traveler 117 is a GPS smartphone with 2.8" flush touch-screen VGA display. The Smartphone features the very latest 3.5G communications capability based on a tri-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA and a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 12 cellular modems. It offers industry-leading 7.2Mb/s download and 2Mb/s upload speeds enabling fast Web browsing, email and other Internet services. There are two on-board cameras, a 2 MP digital camera for recording pictures and video, and a 0.3 MP camera for video conferencing. The unit comes with Pharos' proprietary Smart Navigator software and server-based travel information and navigation service. Additionally, the device is pre-loaded with Microsoft Live Search, providing free information about traffic, gas prices, movie times and weather.

Battery

Capacity:1410mAh
Talk Time (PB):450minutes
Technology:Lithium ion

CE Input Device

Type:QWERTY keyboard / Touch sensitive screen/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
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:Not specified
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Type:Smartphone
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g

Communicator Features

Operating System:Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.6in
Height:4.4in/4.6in
Weight:4.8oz/5.1oz
Width:2.3in/2.4in

Display

Color Depth:16-bit (65000 colors)/18-bit (262000 Colors)
Diagonal Size:2.5in/2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm/7.1cm
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD

Header

Manufacturer:Pharos Science & Applications
Model:117/127
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:2Megapixel
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