What's the consensus on PocketPC GPS?

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  1. sfsdfd

    sfsdfd Mobile Evangelist

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    Hi, gang. iPaq 3835 owner.

    Been looking for a GPS addition to my PDA for some time. What is the consensus here? Which unit works best, and is affordable?

    Specifically: I'm reluctant to buy a Silver Slider CF upgrade for my iPaq - it's bulky enough in my pocket as it is! So I'd really like to find an SD GPS card that wouldn't require the extra weight and expense of a CF upgrade.

    Thanks in advance!

    - David Stein
     
  2. mishas

    mishas Mobile Deity

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    I don't think there is a consensus - there are quite a few GPS units with both strong and weak points. I use a Pretec CF GPS, it works pretty well, but can be slow acquiring signal with existing software (MS Streets). As far as I know, there are no SD GPS devices for pocket PCs.
     
  3. Kevin Tea

    Kevin Tea Mobile Enthusiast

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    IMO, GPS is and will continue to be one of the killer apps for PDAs. I've just finished reviewing the Navman 1000 unit and I was staggered at the extra dimension that it gave mapping on my iPAQ.

    At the moment you will need to buy a sleeve or CF package if only because the associated maps eat up memory. Once PDAs get 128, 256 and more internally then this will change as the memory hogging maps can easily be stored in RAM and not on external devices.
     
  4. twinpeaks

    twinpeaks Guest

    Dale Coffing (pocketpcpassion) recently took a trip trying several units and has promised a comprehensive review sometime soon. In the meantime I suggest

    see next message
     
  5. twinpeaks

    twinpeaks Guest

    So sorry, I have no idea where that link came from. And I don't have an edit button on my message just on everyone else's (hehe.) Here we go again

    Pocket PC Passion GPS

    I found the edit button on the previous message. It was about eight screens over to the right. I think me and my computer need some more coffee! I don't think I'll touch my e740 just yet, I'll probably trash all my data!
     
  6. Kevin Tea

    Kevin Tea Mobile Enthusiast

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    Some good news ...

    There is a specialist PocketPC GPS site being opened very shortly.

    Dave Burrows is the man behind it and there is going to be a wealth of GPS hardware and software sections, general mapping areas.

    At the rate Dave is filling the pages we are looking at a launch within a week or so.

    Being privy to the development I think I can safely say this will be the dog's bollocks (a quaint english term meaning red hot)
     
  7. st63z

    st63z Senior Member

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    I've been on the car forums for help in tracking down the GPS antenna lead from my new car's OnStar, to see if I can tap into it for a PPC-based navigation app. These built-in GPS antennas from the factory seem to have better performance (faster pickup, etc) than those CF-mounted antennas and such...
     
  8. davebach

    davebach Gadget Guru

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    I have used the following Pocket PC GPS solutions:

    1) StreetNav bought at CompUSA and returned

    2) Pocket Co-Pilot (the last two software versions with both the serial connection unit and the NavMan sleeve unit)

    3) Destinator (the last three software versions with both the serial connection unit and the NavMan sleeve unit)

    The StreetNav solution while it was the cheapest was also the worst. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a 1. The Pocket Co-Pilot while having been recently updated still doesn't pull it's weight. On a scale of 1 to 10 I gave it a 6. The Destinator however has been a winner since the first version. Only the latest release can be used with the NavMan sleeve as that software release allows for the correct COM ports to be used. It works best with the serial unit it ships with.

    I highly recommend the Destinator GPS solution! I give it a 9 out of 10. I have to leave a small margin open for minor improvements. Like being able to use your contacts' addresses as destinations. But it still is easy to work with being that it contains its own address book.

    Their website is www.destinator1.com.
     
  9. imported_claude4

    imported_claude4 Gadget Fanatic

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    Kevin Tea,

    I would love to know the link for this website that will focus on GPS fpr PPC's.

    Claude H.
     
  10. seand_1_2

    seand_1_2 Mobile Enthusiast

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    Dave,

    Will the destinator work without the cigarett lighter plugged in? I would also like to move around with it. I realize the power wont last too long but it would be nice.
     
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