For the past several years I have been using a smart phone for most of my audio and navigation needs. It is an HTC TyTNII Windows Mobile smart phone (no longer in cell service, strictly a PDA at this point) flashed to a cooked ROM of 6.5, running TomTom 7 with a full North America map. I am currently using an external GPS antenna mounted above the windshield. The phone has an 8GB Micro SD card installed and is loaded with a bunch of music.
I first start the music application, play what ever I want, then launch TomTom. TomTom voice directions play right over the music audio, and seamlessly functions. Being a Windows device, I can minimize TomTom to change music, then bring TomTom back up. I run the headphone output from the phone through the stereo, so I have full sound.
NOW - the phone is showing age - it is having a hard time locking onto GPS signal. I could go through the trouble of using a different phone (I have a spare), re-hacking the map (because it is locked to the current phone), and then I'd be in business again - but I'd still be stuck with the small screen.
Is there a navigation device that will fill my needs better? I'm not married to TomTom, but I really like the interface it has. TomTom, Magellan, Garmin, etc - all are options. Doesn't have to be huge, but a 4 inch screen or so is ideal.
I use a Garmin Nuvi 765T for that. It's one of three GPSs (755T, 765T, 775T, 785T) that Garmin made that can play MP3's, far as I know. Actually I just checked their site and they make two motorcycle units with MP3 players, but they're ridiculously expensive.
It's pretty nice; it even pauses the music while it's giving spoken directions. My only complaint about it is the touchscreen isn't the most responsive. It's been discontinued for a couple years now, but I'm sure you could find one on eBay if you really wanted.
I like the idea of doing a smartphone setup though. Seems like you'd have a lot more capability than a regular standalone GPS unit.
I had a TON of capability out of my smart phone - but the HTC TyTNII was the last of its kind, then Droid cam in strong, so support for the WinMo market went sour... but now that WP7 is out, Windows Mobile is taking back market share - maybe we'll start seeing some good WinMo phones with slide out keyboards and better GPS support...
I'll have to go exploring a GPS kiosk at an electronics store this weekend.
BTW - the only reason I'm not using it now is because I moved into a NON T-Mobile/At&t market area... that's the single biggest thing I miss about where I used to live (outside of family).
I'm pretty sure HTC still makes a few Windows Mobile phones, and I know Nokia's really big on them. I'm not really big on Microsoft stuff; I run Linux Mint on my computer (dual booted with Windows XP for when I need it) and I have an Android phone.
I googled for GPSs with MP3 players, and it looks like a bunch of companies made them. Most of the models I came across looked like older, discontinued ones, though.
Oh yea, HTC still makes WinMo phones - but the problem is that Windows Phone 7 is not supported in GPS - it is now Bing Maps or nothing, or an old version of TomTom Navigator 7 with pirated maps that you have to run through a keygen - I've done this before, but the problem is that I don't have a cell service I can use a smartphone on - and won't for some time...
There are TONS of Chinese options that play MP3, that run Windows CE 5 - and that is easy to get TomTom running on, oddly... dunno - I kinda wanted to be legal, right, moral, and most of all, lazy and just buy a complete solution... I just know I trust the TomTom maps for MOST things.
My brother just bought a 2012 Subaru Legacy with built in maps - and although the map is accurate for shape of road, it is riddled with other errors - running my TomTom next to his Legacy, I have fewer errors. His son is autistic, and having the navigation tell them to turn HERE for McDonalds, when McDonalds isn't for 2 blocks causes problems. hehehehe They got him to understand that the car is 'a silly car' a-la Thomas the Train.
Well, I recently made a purchase of a laptop, and decided I didn't need to also purchase a tablet. I also decided that the cheap tablets in my desired price range weren't high enough quality since they were cheap chinese imports - so I skipped that idea... Maybe next time.
What I did buy is a 4.3" TomTom GO 720 with MP3 support. Bigger screen than I'm used to, but not so large that it gets in the way. I'll start with this and see where it goes. I'll report back when it arrives and I get it mounted to my custom dash high mount I built.