AnswerID: 484109 Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 07:57
Sand Man (SA)
One point to define for you is that a single unit will not allow you to have two applications running at once. You need to shut down one to run the other, unless you are using a PC running Franson GPSGate which enable port sharing of GPS input.
For this reason I use two devices.
A Tomtom for voice guided navigation.
A Hema Navigator for countrywide touring and trips, which has a moving map display and the ability to save tracks, etc.
As a little aside, over Easter we travelled to Milparinka
(40k short of Tibooburra
) in NW NSW.
Tomtom gave a very good display of the entire route to follow, so for at least main roads and tracks, it fits the solution
For a really good moving map display that is the same as a printed map however, it is hard to beat OziExplorer
, whatever it runs on.
I find the 5" Hema has a big enough display for general use while driving, although I cannot pick up the names of towns being approached, without leaning forward closer to the screen.
The big advantage of this unit is the size is compact enough to remove and stow aware from view.
A tablet is also a good option. I have recently obtained a Samsung Gallaxy Tab 10.1 (for other purposes) and have installed OziExplorer
and the Natmap range of maps on it. These maps are identical to those running on the Hema.
I have not obtained a mounting bracket for it yet but will investigate mounting solutions for it in the future, mainly to evaluate its performance against the Hema.
If you are purely after a navigation device, the cost of a Hema Navigator is cheaper than a tablet plus the application software (a mere $20 for the android) and the digital maps
. (about $120 or thereabouts)
The Hema comes which an additional range of Hema Maps
besides the Natmap series, however I find the Natmap maps are all I need.
The Hema is an excellent solution
and being portable, you can plug it into a laptop to upload Route planning data and download saved track and waypoint data.
Whatever way you decide to go, I would recommend you purchase a device with a built-in GPS. Linking an external GPS to a tablet or PC via bluetooth, or cable (PC only) gives an additional level of potential problems at times and you will need additional cables for power and perhaps GPS connection to contend with.
Good luck with your solution
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