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after some advice on navigator maps been looking at the HEMA navigator hn7 any information would be great.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, Jan 01, 2017 at 16:15

Sunday, Jan 01, 2017 at 16:15
Hi John,

Good choice!
Will come with everything you need for moving map display wherever you are traveling. OziExplorer, the app you run for "off road" travel is recognised by most ExplorOz folk as the best app and the included Hema Maps provide Nationwide coverage. With the addition of regional maps for specific areas, all is covered.
As an alternative, you can buy the ExplorOz OzTopo maps and load them on the Hema. I actually prefer the OzTopo Australia map to the Hema ones, but this is simply individual preference.
OziExplorer may need a learning curve for specific functions, but it works straight out of the box.
The Hema also comes with Street Navigation but because you can't run both apps simultaneously, I don't use the street navigation feature, preferring a separate device for this.

I run OziExplorer on the Hema while traveling, giving me a moving map display of where I am at any specific time and have enabled a daily autosave feature to keep as a series of tracks of our journey.
I also run a TomTom for street navigation and the latest high end model is excellent for planning routes from point A to B in most out of the way places throughout Australia. This device is also great when traveling through, or around towns and cities.
TomTom also has an excellent pre-planning feature, something you can't do automatically with OziExplorer.
TomTom's MyDrive enables me to plan a route from point A to point B and provide me with distance and approximate time for the journey. This can then be downloaded to the device for use.

I included my views on TomTom, mainly to highlight to you that the Hema can't do everything, but it is still a very good device for use when traveling and is excellent for showing on a moving map where you are.
Other folk may suggest alternatives for street navigation, but to me TomTom does much more. Since replacing my previous Garmin Nuvi with the TomTom Go 6100, I am very happy with its functionality.
I used it and the Online TomTom MyDrive app to plan a trip we are taking to the Pilbara and Kimberley regions beginning in April and it recognised all places of interest along the Gibb River Road. I plan the trip, broken up into daily treks and record it on a spreadsheet covering the whole trip. This data provides achievable daily distances and fuel stop requirements, which is very handy to know. I can call up the day's route and TomTom will show the estimated arrival time at the destination. Hema will show me where I am but it doesn't have predictive capabilities to tell me how far and at what time I am expected to arrive.

PS. As I haven't used the Hema iGo Street Navigation app, I cannot tell you how good or bad it is (previous versions have been poor) but the fact you cannot run both Street Navigation and Off Road navigation apps at the same time, limit functionality. If you load the Street Navigation function for a specific purpose, you will interrupt and maybe lose tracking data of your trip.

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Follow Up By: john m85 - Sunday, Jan 01, 2017 at 16:33

Sunday, Jan 01, 2017 at 16:33
also looking at the hema hx1 think it has more information than the hn7
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Sunday, Jan 01, 2017 at 16:25

Sunday, Jan 01, 2017 at 16:25
Save your money, if you have a tablet and it is gps enabled, download Memory Map and buy the map packeges, also gives you the versatility of tablet/ipad, plus a better size screen for veiwing.
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Sunday, Jan 01, 2017 at 16:31

Sunday, Jan 01, 2017 at 16:31
I never thought about doing it that way thanks very much
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 10:52

Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 10:52
Tony's option is a good one, John.

I use OziExplorer with a big collection of maps of various scales including EOTopo on my Samsung tablet. In the background I can run my CoPilot turn-by-turn navigator. CoPilot has excellent coverage of minor roads, forestry roads, tracks and even some firetrails, but no topographical info. With an appropriate topo map running in Ozi in the foreground I can monitor on that topographical display what CoPilot in the background is telling me to do.

It's a bit of a party trick, but it has its occasional use.

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Follow Up By: Billion Star Camper - Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 at 20:58

Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 at 20:58
I had a mate do that ( put the topo maps on his I pad) .Worked well until his windscreen mount broke on the corrugations. His wife had to hold it for the rest of the trip. But boy had he saved some money!
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Reply By: Timothy B2 - Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 07:15

Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 07:15
I found Avenza Maps app. You can download most maps of the whole world, generally for free. I have downloaded the topographical Oz government maps, free to my iphone. It is just like looking over paper maps. Playing at downloading to Samsung pad, next. We are use to paper maps and don't need the bells and whistles (at least so far).
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 10:18

Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 10:18
that is another option I will look into it thankyou
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 11:25

Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 11:25
Hadn't heard of Avenza so looked it up. From reading a few reviews it seems to have switched to a subscription model and a couple of users are not happy.

Personally I use Memory Map on an Ipad and the free map it comes with is a pretty good starting point to learn the system before investing in other maps.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 10:48

Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 10:48
I just added the Hema map app to my iPad, John. Also added the cheaper Hema Explorer app, but have never used the latter.

Hema maps work well for me, as I can track any important trips, and also mark any good camps for next time. Gotta have the cellular/wifi model though.

Another thing with iPad they like to have a good power supply @ more than 2amps output, otherwise they'll flatten the internal battery before you finish a day's tracking.

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Follow Up By: john m85 - Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 07:31

Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 07:31
thanks Bob that's interesting about the power supply I will look into that .thanks
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Reply By: smwhiskey - Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 18:30

Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 18:30
I've got the older HN6 unit and take it everywhere. Comes with the 2 systems. A regular GPS with directions for driving on the blacktop and the OziExplorer system for offroad. The HN6 came with a PC application which uses the same map which is very useful during the pre-planning phase. (Particularly if you can patch your PC into a decent sized monitor/TV so everybody in the room can see it)

The HN7 won't do you wrong but like other have suggested there are other options depending on how you travel.

Personally I'm not a big fan of using tablets because the screen size is just too big for the front of the Pajero but they're useful if planning the next days travel while sitting around the campfire at night.

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Follow Up By: john m85 - Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 07:33

Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 07:33
thanks Simon I tend to agree with you about the screen size but would be good around the camp fire
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Reply By: cruza25 - Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 19:50

Monday, Jan 02, 2017 at 19:50
Hi john
Don't know where you are but theRAA in Adelaide are clearing the hn7 out for $449
Might go pretty quick though

I am running the ExplorOz traveller app now on iPhone and iPad mini
Which has excellent maps and all the 80000 poi from here
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 07:38

Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017 at 07:38
thanks Mike I am inMelbourne $449 that is cheap I have been told about something similar of what you have.thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Blue M - Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 at 04:29

Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 at 04:29
The only thing I found annoying with the Hema maps, is there are not all the same.
We did most of our planning on the Ipad and used mainly the Hema 4WD App and the Australia topo 1:250,00. As we were always looking for unsealed roads to travel on my wife would set a route over every dirt road she could find.

She would then send it to the Hema Explorer App and if you looked at the 150k map, some of the roads she routed would show they were bitumen.
The state maps will show something slightly different again. (sometimes)

I still love the Hema hn6, both would rather a hn7 for the bigger screen on the dash, but can't justify $499.00 for an inch.

One thing they do all have in common is that they know exactly where you are at any given time.

For finding our way around towns etc, she does all that on her Ipad with voice commands that I can hear and follow accordingly.

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Follow Up By: Billion Star Camper - Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 at 21:03

Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017 at 21:03
I had a H6 but went to the H7. The colour is duller which is a disappointing. Maybe they set it that way because it is such a big screen the H6 brightness in a H7 might be distracting?
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 at 08:18

Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 at 08:18
I use a Panasonic Toughbook that converts to a tablet and run Oziexplorer software. I find the larger screen more practical when touring, plus I use the Toughbook as my travelling computer.

It has a custom made cradle attached to the dash and is rock solid over all terrain.

Toughbooks don't come cheap, but there are a number of places in Melbourne that import reconditioned second hand units - worth a look at as an alternative.

You can read some more about mine on my blog.In-Vehicle Computer Mount (A Solution).

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