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Pharos Traveler GPS 525

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews of Pharos Traveler GPS 525. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People really like the design and maps. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the route planning.

size, usability, price, maps, design

route planning

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Pharos Traveler GPS 525 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Pharos Traveler GPS 525 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on People really like the design and maps. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability and route planning.

price, usability, size, maps, design

route planning, reliability

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pharos Traveler 525 Portable GPS NavigatorPharos Traveler 525 Portable GPS Navigator

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Craig Ellison, Sascha Segan (

Pharos Traveler GPS 525


The Pharos Traveler GPS 525 combines a Windows Mobile PDA with built-in GPS.

Small and light. Sensitive SiRF Star III GPS receiver. Fully functional Windows Mobile 5 PDA with Wi-Fi.

Small, reflective screen. You have to load maps manually from CDs for locations other than the 50 preloaded cities.

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Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Brian Nadel (



Pharos Traveler GPS 525 - handheld - Windows Mobile 5.0

Tiny and pocket-friendly, the Pharos Traveler GPS 525 has a powerful GPS receiver that doesn't require a fold-out antenna. It also comes with lots of maps, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, and it has solid battery life.

The Pharos Traveler GPS 525's screen is too small to use in a car, its audio is about as bad as it gets, and without a hold switch, it can inadvertently be turned on in a bag, leaving you with a dead battery.

Maps and personal data go hand in hand with the Pharos Traveler GPS 525, a PDA that effectively combines organization with navigation to not only find where you are but also point you where to go.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : James Stevenson (

Pharos Traveler GPS 525


TomTom software and maps preloaded • Sleek design • Simple HP Quick Launch interface • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth • Several travel-related utilities included

Short battery life with GPS receiver on • TomTom POI data not up to date

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Don Tolson (

A Truly Pocketable All-In-One Package - The Pharos Traveler GPS 525 (Part 1)


In January 2006, Pharos announced the Traveler GPS 525 unit as the first Windows Mobile 5 based unit combining WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS capabilities within a single pocket-sized package, designed for the mobile professional. Since early March, I've had...

Small, lightweight, pocketable package ; Excellent package of accessories included ; Sensitive WiFi transceiver; easy to set up ; Maps included in purchase price

No cradle for office use ; Battery life is not sufficient for full ‘Pocket PC/PIM’ use ; Limited bluetooth profiles (e.g. no headset support)

May, 2006

Consumer review (

Anger with a touch of fear


Small, cheap compared to others, and all the wireless stuff is nice too.

Mine does not work very well.

Dec, 2007

Consumer review (

Great GPS


relatively small, accurate GPS, worked great with Tom Tom 6.

sometimes have to hard reset it to get it to sync.

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

GPS Does Work (You Just Need Software)


My comments would be a little bias because I work for the company :-) I'm posting a review for this device because of some of the other reviews that have put false information.

Again, my opinion would be a little biased.

Apr, 2007

Consumer review (

Purchased 3 months ago...


Long battery life -Wifi range is better than my Wifi card I have for my desktop -Decent recording quality for the microphone -I have not had any problems with crashing.

The manufacturer's product description is incorrect.

Mar, 2007

Consumer review (

Superb GPS with PDA


A very good and powerful GPS.

Ostia is a junk software.

Feb, 2007

Consumer review (

Very handy...


This is a very small pocket pc - I carry it around in my trouser pocket all the time, and it really doesn't show.

None really at this point.

Feb, 2007

Product Specifications

The Pharos Traveler GPS 525 is a full-featured GPS navigation tool wrapped up in one very small attractive device. It's ready to go out-of-the-box with preloaded maps of 50 major U.S. cities and highways. The uniquely sensitive GPS receiver ensures you'll be able to get a position fix just about anywhere. The revolutionary Pharos Traveler is the first ever and smallest GPS handheld with integrated WiFi and Bluetooth technology. You can find hotspot locations while you're out and about and download maps over high speed, look up Points of Interest (POI) locations and even make free PC-to-PC phones for free all over the world using and VoIP software for Pocket PCs. In addition, the Pharos Traveler combines in-car GPS navigation with Microsoft Windows Mobile applications like Pocket Outlook, Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer. This time-saving Pocket GPS device will seamlessly sync with your Outlook database of contacts so you can navigate directly to any of your Outlook contact addresses. The Pharos Traveler will guide you along the way with voice-prompted, turn-by-turn instructions, and will give you the choice of taking the highway or the back roads.

Audio Input


Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:16-bit (64K colors)
Color Support:16-bit (64K colors)

Flash Memory

Installed Size:2GB

GPS System

GPS Navigation:GPS receiver


Country Kits:Europe/United States
Manufacturer:Pharos Science & Applications
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pharos Traveler GPS


Type: None


Wireless Connectivity:Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11b / Bluetooth

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0


Clock Speed:300MHz


Installed Size:64MB


Installed Size:128MB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Handheld Type:Handheld