Navigator

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 19:01
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Hi all, I am looking to buy a navigator for the Disco. I am not someone who goes way off the beaten track but I am after something that will do town but also give me help when I head out of town.

Any suggestions?
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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 19:31

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 19:31
When you say 'out of town', do you mean off road or just rural locations?
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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 19:39

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 19:39
Ok, well I am thinking that I may need it off road. For example I hope to do the Birdsville track and places like that in time
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Reply By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 19:41

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 19:41
I guess an example is this. We are heading to Rocks Crossing at Easter. This place is on the Nowendoc Road out of Wingham. "Whereis" maps don't recognise the place but google maps does.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:41

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:41
Whereis maps are hopeless out of the cities, GPS/Navigators using NavTeq mapping are much better.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:51

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:51
If you are looking for a preconfigured navigation device that does both country and city navigation you should look at either the Hema Navigator or the Garmin Nuvi.

The Hema Navigator uses OziExplorer coupled with Hema Maps for country wide travel giving you a moving map facility indicating where you are at any point in time. Ozi also creates tracks of your travel which you can save and also record waypoints of points of interest.
For voice assisted travel in cities, etc the Navigator uses Route 66 software. OziExplorer is widely used by folk within ExploreOz and many tracks and waypoint data can be downloaded from the site.

The Garmin Nuvi gives a similar range of features but perhaps is a little more "proprietary" in its nature. You can only exchange data with other Garmin devices.

Either device will suit your needs well.

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Follow Up By: Member - Iceman (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 22:53

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 22:53
I'll back up Sand Man, the Hema Navigator is the way to go. very easy to use and comes with both city maps and country maps. With the Hema Navigator you can also add your own maps as well. I have Spatial Vision maps as well which covers all of Victoria from 1:100,000, 1:50,000 & 1:20,000 for the towns.

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Follow Up By: pt_nomad - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 07:36

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 07:36
If your computer literate and like messing about with technology then the HEMA, if a navigator is a tool that you want 'just to work' with minimal fuss then the Nuvi.
If necessary load the Nuvi with OzTopo for maximum track detail. Note OzTopo is only a track display mapset, the unit won't navigate along the OzTopo tracks. 90-95+% of your driving can be completed using the Nuvi's citiy navigator map set ( its not constrained to cities).
Have used both and find the Nuvi to be a lower fuss option.
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Reply By: ben_gv3 - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 21:23

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 21:23
Doesn't the navigator sit in the passenger seat to your left? ;-p
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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 11:06

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 11:06
Yes, but I always argue with her....lol
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