UPDATE: Check out my hands-on review of the DeLorme PN-40.
We heard about the DeLorme PN-40 earlier this summer, so today's announcement of its pending release this fall comes as no surprise. One new piece of info though -- they've scheduled a September shipping date.
Low cost aerial imagery and USGS quads
The other new piece of information is that you'll be able to download all the aerial imagery, USGS topo quads and NOAA charts that you want for an annual fee of $29.95. I've been merciless in my criticism of DeLorme pricing; prior to this thirty bucks would have only bought you two 7.5' quads worth of imagery. So here's a big thank you to DeLorme for giving us this deal. I can't imagine owning a DeLorme handheld and not ponying up the extra bucks for imagery.
In case you missed it, the forthcoming PN-40 is basically the PN-20 on steroids. In addition to the ability to view aerial imagery and USGS quads on screen, the PN-40 ups the ante with the following:
- A dual-core processor for fast map redraws
- Super high-sensitivity 32-channel Cartesio chipset by STMicroelectronics delivers near-instantaneous signal acquisition and ConstantLock™ satellite retention
- 500 MB of onboard Flash memory
- 3-axis electronic compass with included accelerometer performs when held in any position—while in motion or standing still
- Sensitive barometric altimeter for reliably accurate altitude readings
- Supports SDHC high-capacity SD cards—32 GB or higher
- Fast USB 2.0 data transfer to internal memory or SD card in device
- More detailed onboard base map data for the U.S., now with secondary and connector roads (along with major highways and thoroughfares for the entire world)
The screen size of the PN-40 is only 2.2", but it makes up for size somewhat with its 220x176 pixel high-resolution display.