GPS Ebay v Hema 7

Submitted: Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 11:49
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Some months ago a poster inquired about the Hema 7 and the cost etc etc. A reply came in saying that it was cheaper to buy a GPS from Ebay (and supplied a link) and Purchase a copy of Ozi explorer and the Oztopo maps and that the cost would be about $300 cheaper. Does anyone remember this? or can someone guide me in the right direction with a view to going this way.
I find it difficlut to justify the $729 for the Hema 7 with the Oztopo maps installed currently on offer from ExplorOz. I must say I do like their mapping software. My Garmin 1450T has just given up and am now on the lookout for a replacement that will accept the Oztopo mapping software
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 12:00

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 12:00
G'day Trouper

Original poster may have been me as I did buy an El Cheapo Chinese GPS off evil bay.
At the end of the day I got a replacement for the first which was a dud, as was the second, but I got an adequate refund from the seller so all worked out OK, apart from the stuffing around.

I have since sourced what I believe to be a better quality chinese unit from a bloke in Oz who has been very good to deal with ..... http://off-road-gps.com/

Their units seem to be up to the job and well priced compared with Hema et al.

I have noticed they are primarily for Topo aps and the street maps module supplied as a bonus leaves much to be desired. However for around town I find my normal phone perfectly adequate for the job.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 12:07

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 12:07
What street turn by turn gps software is included?

Doesn't seem to say on their website and there does not seem to be maps in their buy maps section.
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Follow Up By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 14:37

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 14:37
Here is their ebay store.

Aaron-on-ebay

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Derek
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 15:19

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 15:19
I can't recall the actual name of the street maps, but it's the one used by virtually all Chinese GPS units. It shows the streets and where you are, but if you enter a "Go To" address it merely shows an "As the crow flies" line between you and where you want to go.
As I said above ... not the best for this, hence I use my phone with turn commands etc.

As I understand it the maps can be purchased from a number of sources.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 17:19

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 17:19
Thanks - Most of the Chinese Units are fitted with unauthorised copies of IGO 8 - which is actually quite good.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 15:15

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 15:15
Hi Trouper

OzTopo is a package for Garmin units like Nuvi 2597 etc , arguably most accurate off road stuff.

Hema usually goes with EoTopo and Ozi exp, so not quite sure what your after !
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Follow Up By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 17:38

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 17:38
My 1450T has become unreliable as it constantly searches for Satelites and more often than not shows the incorrect location. The unit has Shonkey Maps installed which is OK and Free and worked reasonably well for the past 4 years. I have Base camp installed as well and that is quite good for planning purposes. So I could buy another Garmin about $350 and add Oztopo at $229 = $579 but always looking for alternatives (read cheaper option) but with all the good gear available.

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Reply By: Racey - Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 19:07

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 19:07
Also try Brash imports, I've been very happy with my purchases from them.
Brash Imports

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Reply By: Member - GUPATROL - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 01:53

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 01:53
I was reading your post and remembered seeing this unit this appears to be good value for money see here

http://m.ebay.com.au/itm/260934756409

Although I would ask him if it comes with the latest 2015 maps from oziexplore
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Follow Up By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:28

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:28
Thanks GUpatrol
This is the unit I was thinkin of. Having Ozi explorer on the unit I think I can then purchase the ExplorOz topo software and install it onto the GPS.
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Follow Up By: Member - GUPATROL - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:01

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:01
Yes that's correct you can just purchase the updated maps to install onto the SD card and run it from there or install it onto the unit as I think it has 8 gig flash memory also if you require street navigation I have igo for wince with latest 2014 maps for a small fee
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:20

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:20
Where do you buy Igo map updates??

Thanks

Garry
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Follow Up By: Member - GUPATROL - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:34

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:34
I get wholesale from map supplier , I was selling both android and wince on eBay for $49 on 8 gig micro sd but at the moment don't have time as I am FIFO worker
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Reply By: Member - GUPATROL - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:39

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:39
There are some great cheap 7 inch GPS units on the market running android which I have just purchased and installed hama maps from Google play store for around $34 I think it was, and I have the latest oz toppo 2015 installed in my car DVD andriod head unit along with igo primo Andriod version
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Reply By: Lost John - Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:36

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:36
By now you've probably found a solution, so this reply is redundant. However ...


For years I used the cheap chinese gps units with Ozi, but eventually got sick of crashing, poor screen light, poor unit stability, poor battery life, etc.

Now a Samsung Galaxy is the go, and I couldn't be happier with it. OziCE for topographical maps, then google maps in the city for street direction if required (using the phone as an internet connection). Good screen size, clarity and brightness, and good battery life.
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