Sony Ericsson HGE-100
Expected Q3 2007
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
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