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Date Registered: 09-2005
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Navman or similar.


Just wondering if anyone has a navman or any other brand of in car navigation. if so what brand? What model and how do you rate it? We are more after street navigation than remote GPSing.

Thanks for any help.

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I use the Destinator SDK in PC version. I have also tried those PDA version of GPS. I have tried tomtom navman and destinator. It seem Destinator is the quickest one of all. Tomtom seem to be slow, it will prompt you after you made the turn...

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Hmmmmmmmmmm I dont have a palm pc and the other articles were a little too "in depth" I was looking at a Navman or similar to replace the wife and street directory...*L* and she was looking to replace hubby and street directory...*LOL*

 Thank you guys anyway but was just looking for a review or 2 of whats available for we city slickers...*L*

Thanks anyway any more info greatly appreciated.
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Date Registered: 08-2004
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I recently looked at purchasing a similar device, and haven't yet. The downfall of the ordinary Navman style device was that they were all missing the roads in national parks and similar - no good for getting off the bitumen at all. I searched for gazetted public roads that I know are signposted.
We were hoping to use the device in cities and travelling around but also camping.

The Garmin was easy to use, however it was hard to get a overall map (like of a whole state or Aust) then zoom in on a destination. You had to pick a destination first then zoom out.
The Namvman was better at that, otherwise basically identical to use.

For serious offroading and camping, you'd need to visit the threads listed above.

As we haven't purchased any, I can't tell you what they're like on the road.....

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I had the chance to play around with Destinator on a PDA and it was good. The map data comes from a different source than the Navman and Garmin, but you'll probably never know the difference. Its closest rival would be the Navman, as Destinator was virtually the same to use and had the same sort of "zoom" ability that the Garmin lacked.

However, Destinator still did not have the out-of-the-way roads that would lead you to camping grounds and the like.

For any offroad use, you'd probably need to get a PDA or laptop and use OziExplorer Moving Map software. Check http://www.exploroz.com/OntheRoad/Navigation/Default.asp for more info there. Software like this won't guide you through Sydney with voice commands and 3d city street views, but it will take you back to last years ultimate camping spot or guide you across the desert without using roads - That's my understanding anyway.

So, I haven't decided what to yet, if anything. A posibility is: get a PDA and GPS reciever, get Destinator for city driving and touring, get Oziexplorer and maps for camping or offroading and run it all on the one unit!
Pretty expensive, but all bases are covered.

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Date Registered: 08-2005
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This is rather similar to my setup:
- Dell Axim x50v
- Pharos CF GPS
- Seido PDA mount
- OziExplorer

Cool thing with OziExplorer is the ability to use your own maps -- you could (with a little effort) use Google Earth maps and pretend you're being tracked by satellite...

Since the Axim has SD and CF slots, I keep my data on an SD card for use with my PC.

Another option is a PDA and Bluetooh mouse GPS -- I used to use a Tungsten|T and GPSMart BT. Extra cabling -- two devices instead of one.

A good site for such bits and pieces is www.expansys.com.au

Hope this helps.
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I am getting an Axim 51 for Christmas. I will use it as a PDA, MP3 player and for web surfing by connecting to a Bluetooth phone (there are several reasons why I went for this rather than a smartphone). I am also planning to use it with a GPS and I think you've hit the nail on the head - Destinator or somesuch for city life and OzExplorer for off the beaten track.
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Date Registered: 07-2005
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Well I have finally got my GPS system going.

It's on a old laptop.
I'm using OziExplorer for the off road stuff and Mapmonkey (uses the desdinator SDK)for city navigation.

Tested mapmonkey going to and from work, it works well, but sometimes takes you the long way around. If I didn't know where I was going, it would get me there, but might take a bit more time and KM.

This is only a temporary setup until I can get my carputer project going.

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Date Registered: 08-2005
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I know I'm gettting OT, but check out www.aximsite.com for a great forum about the Axim series.

My CF GPS, a Pharos is pretty good - reasonable boot time, but the accuracy seems a bit iffy compared to my GPSmart (which is the same as the one sold by Supacheap Auto but with Bluetooth).

Also, some suggest using a SDIO GPS (as opposed to a CF GPS), the claim is that the power use is lower when running on batteries.

Hope this helps.
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Date Registered: 08-2005
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I'll take my Axim down to Johnny Appleseed's new store at Strathfield after Christmas and ask them to demonstrate and then sell me a solution - probably an SF card model so that I can use it out of the car also if out bushwalking or whatever.

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