Which ' Street Direction' GPS??

Submitted: Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 09:28
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Morning all,

Being a bit of a country lad, I got myself horribly lost around the Hills area (nor west of Sydney) yesterday. So I thought it about time to get a turn by turn GPS street direction thingy.
What would be the way to go with a device that my have the capabilities to upgrade to accept OziExplorer down the track?? Or are they stand alone street direction only??
BTW- don't wanna spend heaps of $$$s..
Thanks


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Reply By: Mick W - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 10:17

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 10:17
I cant comment on the best, but I have a navman s50 which are pretty cheap, plenty of features and works well. I have also unlocked it (completely legal) so I now run oziexplorer CE with it. From my research, most navigators can be unlocked for use with OziCE and other windows mobile based products (Except I believe the garmin navigators, although the higher end ones do have off road maps available- no expert on these though...)

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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:28

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:28
Thanks mate..
Doing a ring-a-round, I'm told the s50 is obsolete..any other suggestions??



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Follow Up By: Mick W - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:51

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:51
Sorry buddy,

No suggestions. A reseller should be able to point you in the right direction.
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:38

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:38
The ONLY GPS that warns you of the current speed limit on the street that you're on is the TomTom.

You can make corrections if the current map has an incorrect "No Left Turn" etc

It's a shame the safety Camera Warnings are so crappy.

The School Zone warnings come on 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week because they were too lazy to program in the time limits applying in NSW (my previous Road Angel only warned in school time and only of I was over the limit)

The Speed camera warnings go off even if they're for a street that it clearly shows I'm NOT travelling on.

Address and POI lookup is excellent.

You can download updated maps (for one month) and changes made by other users for free.

It even gives you phone numbers for Police Stations, Servos etc.

Make sure you only buy Version FOUR of the TomTom XL or ONE - they have theses features. There are still many Version THREEs being sold at high prices which do not have these features.
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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:41

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:41
Thanks Mike
Is TomTom the ' software' or a brand of the ' hardware device"..???

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 12:08

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 12:08
TomTom are complete GPS units - they sell the XL and the ONE - exactly the same function - just different size.

The only GPS devices which do both turn-by-turn navigation and OziExplorer for off-road are so expensive you might as well buy two separate units.

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Follow Up By: Gramps - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 12:32

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 12:32
Mike R,

"The only GPS devices which do both turn-by-turn navigation and OziExplorer for off-road are so expensive you might as well buy two separate units"

Not necessarily so. It depends on what you're starting with and how computer savvy you are.

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Follow Up By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 18:11

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 18:11
Not true, Garman Nuvi range provides street limits, 40 - 50 - 60 etc same at the Tom Tom, Navman also provides these and have done so for quite some time..

POI's nearest Bank - police - hostpitals, resturants etc etc, Yes POI's for fues stations as well. Navman also do these.

What the Tom Tom won't do is take you to a grid reference off road, it will take you to the nearest road to that point.

Garman Nuvi with Tracks4Australia (free or purchased version) or with Shonkey Maps will.

A quick look at the forum below will give you a better idea from the users of various GPS's
http://www.gps-data-team.com/pda-gps-navigation/

Also you will find POI's redlight, speed cameras etc, information locations mostly for free on these pages.
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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 19:18

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 19:18
The Nuvi's don't give an alarm if you have gone over the Speed limit but the Igo8 software does . The POI that is available off the net is also not up today
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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Apr 01, 2009 at 10:51

Wednesday, Apr 01, 2009 at 10:51
Hey Gramps,
Further to your reply- whats the way to go with proprietory GPS street direction units. I notice there's a maze of them at all the oulets and very confusing to me.
Which one of the current crop are OK to use OziExplorer on ??
With the biggest anti-glare screen (4.3"??)
And where is the resources for updating to make it useable for OziExplorer. I do have all the ' legal' Ozi CE, and maps etc.
Cheers


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Reply By: Nugget6 - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:01

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:01
Garmin are very good units and they actually tell you the street name you need to turn into.
I have a 310 that is quite old now and has never failed me.
They are owned and made by GME.
Good Luck.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:29

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:29
Here are some reviews of GPS units:

http://www.gpsmagazine.com/reviews.php#automotive
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:35

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:35
.. and also check out

http://www.gpsmagazine.com/buyers_guide-qr.php

Note these are USD.
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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:43

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:43
I've tried heaps of them, and for street navigation Tom Tom wins by a huge margin. Smarter navigation, better maps, easy update, easier to read. Head and shoulders above the rest in my view.
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Follow Up By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:45

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 13:45
It can't can't run OziExplorer though. I use an iPaq 5550 running Tom Tom and Ozi Explorer software for best of both worlds.
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 18:38

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 18:38
Signman,

I run Ozi and Copilot on the laptop. Setup is a bit pricey though.
The Hema Navigator runs both Ozi and street navigation software. There has been some discussion in another thread on it but not sure what its like.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 19:19

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 19:19
I also run separate units.

I have a PDA which runs both OziExplorer (for country wide use) and CoPilot 6 (for voice controlled street direction)

CoPilot is out of date as there are no "free" updates available. You have to upgrade to a new version at around $200. Bugger that.

I also have a TomTom 720 for voice controlled street navigation in all capital cities and major country towns. If you install a "computer voice" option (free) you will get spoken street names, translated from the written street names on the map.
Included in the original purchase price is free upgrades of both the TomTom software and Australian city map updates so it is never out of date.

There are cheaper models of the TomTom available but have varying levels of software features. The 720 (think this has now been replaced by the 730) is the top of the range unit and has everything you need.

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Reply By: Skippy In The GU - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 19:24

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 19:24
Hi Signman,

You can load Outback maps to the Nuvi range but you can't with the Tom Tom's unit's.

The other Units like Mio, laser, Navman that are WinCe based can run OziCe in which I think is still the best to use except for the desert areas and thats where OzTopo, TopoOz Shonkymaps are better.

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