MetroGuide any good?

Submitted: Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 18:56
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Does anyone use MetroGuide?

I have an eTrex Legend and travel interstate a fir bit. I know it isn't turn by turn, but do you find it useful to key in an address and say "Goto" and then it sort of guides you in?

OziExplorer's fine for the tracks, but you can't look up a street address in it and I don't have maps to street detail anyway.

I have a VDO Dayton Nav system in the Rodeo which is awesome IF I have the car with me, but for example am going to Perth and need to visit about 8 clients and have never been there before.

And before you ask, Budget don't have hire cars with Nav systems in them in Perth. I've checked.

Would like some feedback before shelling out $175 worth of coin.

Cheers,

Smocky.
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Reply By: cmilton54 - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 19:11

Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 19:11
Have garmin 2610 it has metro guide and city nav 5, metro guide will not auto route, city nav will. New model of city nav due out that is suposed to cover all of australia including remote area with aout route in few days time
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 19:17

Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 19:17
Hi Ya Smocky, don't know anythying about Metroguide but just a small correction about Oziexplorer. It's possible to look up a street address in Ozi using name search.
The name search files state by state for the whole country are here

http://members.optusnet.com.au/%7Elink_jt_1/namesearch.html
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 19:20

Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 19:20
Hmm ok, it's possible to look up the street but not the number.
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 22:58

Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 22:58
I love your work Ray, thanks very much.

That will get me by whilst I look up alternatives. I've also got an IMate (PocketPC phone) and a Leadtek USB GPS receiver. I'm sure Destinator is probably what I want, but not prepared to spend $700 on an occasional need without testing it.

Jason.
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 23:00

Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 23:00
PS I also Love cable internet !!! Just downloaded that stuff at 600 KB per second, or about 8 seconds for a 5MB file. If only they put the maps on a server like that, I'd be set !!!
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:20

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:20
Dunno what my max speed is Smocky, depends on how fast the site can cough it up. Downloaded 8 meg the other night at 1673 KB. Had half of it as soon as my finger was off the button...cable rocks...makes ADSL look like a turtle
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:40

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:40
Thanks for the files Ray, they've proved pretty handy over here. I've been able to find an address and then OziExplorer gives me a GPS fix on it, which I've keyed into the eTrex and guided my way via the compass. Not ideal, but getting me by until I get back and sort it out for next time.

ADSL is still pretty good, but you just can't beat cable.

Cheers,

Jason.
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Reply By: Utemad - Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 01:44

Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 01:44
Got an email address Smocky?
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 11:01

Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 11:01
Yep, jason at hotline dot net dot au.

Cheers,

Smocky.
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Reply By: Niko - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 01:52

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 01:52
I hope you realise that Exploroz sells Destinator3 and Bluetooth GPS at very competitive prices. In fact they do have all the varieties for PDA and laptops.
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Reply By: Member - Steve & Paula - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 22:55

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 22:55
I have an e-map with metroguide. It is pretty good almost anywhere wtih both metro addresses and outback tracks. My GPS does not support auto routing, so this feature does not worry me, but in every other way I am more than happy with the product.
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:43

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:43
Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll get a copy of Metro Guide and check it out.

The only other thing I'm worried about is that the Legend only has 8MB and I'm not sure how much that will download.

Cheers,

Smocky.
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