Posts Tagged ‘tech’

I do an obscene amount of driving with my job. I typically travel 2-4 hours from home and make anywhere from 10-20 sales calls a day. So basically, I’m in and out of my car all day. I also waste a lot of time trying to find places. I finally got a GPS navigator this week. I don’t know why I ever tried to do this job without one before. I bought a TomTom One while it was on sale at Target this week.

I’m sure the more expensive models have extra bells and whistles, but the TomTom One does everything I need it to do and more. It’s ready to go right out of the box preloaded with maps of US, Canada, and Guam. There are multiple ways to find your destination with an easy to use touch screen menu. You can calculate the fastest, shortest, etc. route then you’re off with turn by turn voice directions from your choice of several personalities. What I really like is the Itinerary Planner, which allows you to input multiple destinations, sort them, then visit them one by one. It only takes a minute or two to key in a day’s worth of stops for me. The screen is plenty large enough for me and very bright. It is compact and lightweight and conveniently mounts on the windshield. It’s also powered by an internal rechargeable battery, allowing you to put the cord away if you like. You just have to remember to keep your eyes on the road.

SiriusMy iPod has helped me keep my sanity on long drives to and from towns that I work in. I get so tired of scanning radio stations for decent music. I had thought about getting satellite radio but never checked into it. My friend got Sirius not long ago and liked it. So when I saw everything you need in one box for $39.00, I joined the bandwagon.

I got the SIRIUS Stratus plug and play tuner. It’s really compact and easy to use. Installing it was a piece of cake. I opted against installing the FM trasmitter extension antenna. My radio picks up the signal fine without it, but I’m using a cassette adapter instead. I’ve been using a Monster FM transmitter with my iPod for over a year now, which works great, but while you’re traveling you have to change channels often as you go through one town after another. The cassette adapter puts out a much clearer and stronger audio feed than either the Monster or Sirius built-in FM transmitter.

The channel line up for Sirius is pretty strong. There’s plenty of music, sports, talk, and variety channels to pick from. It’s really convenient to browse by categories of channels rather than just having to flip through channels or look one up on a channel guide while you’re driving. The sound quality is really good. I’d like to get the home adapter kit, so I can pop it out when I get home and use it on the weekend. Once my kids find out about the kids channels I may never get it changed again when they’re around.

With these new gadgets to play with, I’m just wondering if my iPod might start feeling neglected.