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Sony Ericsson HGE-100

Expected Q3 2007
16th June 2007

 Sony Ericsson HGE-100

We don't usually cover accessories at Mobile Gazette - but the Sony Ericsson HGE-100 is different from most accessories. At first glance, the HGE-100 looks like a standard wired stereo headset, but what sets this particular device apart is that it has a built-in GPS receiver.

The HGE-100 works alongside one of a number of Sony Ericsson phones to provide a satellite navigation system (using voice or visual prompting) plus a sports tracker application that measures distance travelled, speed and calories used. A more basic but equally useful function is the HGE-100's media control buttons, so it can be used to control the handset's music player.

It's a neat all-in-one device, and one advantage of it being wired rather than wireless is that it draws power from the phone itself. That means that the HGE-100 can be tucked in a pocket or bag until you need it - without having to worry about its battery. There's a standard 9mm jack connector too which gives some flexibility with headphones.

Not all countries allow you to use a wired headset in the car (the UK in particular), but as a personal navigation device this looks hard to beat.

Because it weighs just 52 grams, the HGE-100 looks like an interesting way to have satellite navigation capabilities with you all the time. Of course, you'll need a compatible phone and presumably some sort of application to make it all work properly.

The Sony Ericsson HGE-100 is compatible with the following handsets: K530i, K550i, K550im, K800i, K810i, K850i, S500i, T250i, T650i, W580i, W610i, W660i, W710i, W850i, W880i, W910i, Z530i, Z550i, Z610i, Z710i and Z750.

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