'Smart' phones & GPS

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 22:26
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Hi

Was wondering whether anyone knew anything about the I-mate K-Jam or the O2 Atom and whether they can be used as GPS's. I am basically looking for an all in one mobile/ pda/ gps gadget but would be grateful if anyone has any experience in this area

I may be looking for it to do too much but if I can kill three birds with one stone its got to be worth looking at

Cheers
Darren
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Reply By: Member - TonyG (Qld) - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 06:13

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 06:13
Hi Darren,

I have been investigating the same thing.

So far I have discovered the following:

- O2 phone etc only have 200Mhz cpu, which is slow by todays standards
- Co worker has O2 phone, and it continually crashes on him.
- Battery life on O2 is very poor
- O2 are capable of running GPS with bluetooth gps, but not stable enough to consider foolproof

I have decided to go with a dedicated PDA with higher cpu speed, and not get phone troubles as a result of trying to mix the 2 areas

Hope this helps

TonyG
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 08:03

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 08:03
I have had an iMate (=02 XDAII) and now an iMate Jasjar.

They are excellent at combining PDA and phone functions.

Unfortunately the operating system in most PDA's is written by Microsoft, so regularly resetting is a gurranteed feature - the phone, gps etc make no difference.

Mike
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Reply By: Coolman - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 11:21

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 11:21
Hi,

I run the XDAIIs (previously XDAII). The downside is the need to reset of the phone on a weekly basis but that is more a factor of the operating system than combined phone / pda. It is very handy having the one device, cradle, and wiring.

I use a Bluetooth GPS to connect and run OziExplorer. I find Bluetooth can be a bit buggy but I think the benefits of one device is good.

I have not had a problem with speed as Tony mentioned and while battery life can be limited when running multiple devices most of the time in car it is connected to power anyway.

Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Member - TonyG (Qld) - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 13:50

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 13:50
Hi Coolman,

Do you find the speed of the unit ok running the maps?
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Follow Up By: Coolman - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 16:32

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 16:32
No problems running OziExplorer.

The only think I found was it would sometimes disconnect because I was running a 1GB SD card for maps and was search all directories. If I only selected the region I was in South East QLD I would exclude Cape York, NSW, and Fraser Island from the map path and it was okay.

Otherwise no major problems apart from the fact it is a bit unstable but that is a 'feature'.
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Follow Up By: ghocking - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 15:42

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 15:42
Hi Coolman
Which Bluetooth GPS device do you have to connect to your O2 XdaII?
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Follow Up By: Coolman - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 21:05

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 21:05
I use the LeadTek Bluetooth GPS. Cannot remember exactly what model. Had it for 2 years and not problems at all. Been in the 4WD all that time, heat, corrugations, etc.

Only bummer with the BT GPS's is there is no display on them. They are essentially a black box with 2 lights.
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Reply By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 13:46

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 13:46
I've been looking at the similar items. The HP HW6965 is about 2 weeks away and looks well integrated. The Mio A701 also looks good but may be mid year before Australian launch. Both run the Windows Mobile 5 OS so could (should?) be more stable. HP are also coming out with the 6828 which is a re-worked Atom that is apparently much more stable. No inbuilt GPS though.

Being a Palm devotee from way back means a very big step backwards in PDA functionality (stability, speed and intutive interface for a mobile device rather than a miniturised desktop) and so I've put off the decision so far. Shame there's no equivalent Palm device.
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Follow Up By: Darren C - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 15:12

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 15:12
The HP looks pretty good...do you know whether this will be capable of 'push' e-mail like the Blackberrys. Optus have said that the Atom & I-Mates will have this within the next couple of months.

Also - silly question but how would you get the HP hooked up to a network if its not one of their standard phones ie cant see it on any of the Optus/ Telstra etc websites?

Cheers
Darren
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Follow Up By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 15:56

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 15:56
6965 will have push email (part of WM5.0?)

It's not released in Aus yet but I would imagine that Telstra would use it to replace the 6915 (which is pretty ordinary). Don't know about Optus.

The 6915 is $995 with Whereis maps. 6965 is prepurchase at several place eg Organiser World at $1199 with freebies such as cases or car mounts. No mention of maps though.

Adrian
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