ee pc vs hema navigator 5

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what is a better option
the new hema navigator 5 @ close to $1000
or a ee pc for under $400 + gps reciever $50-100
most of the maps & programs you can download for free for the pc
& they have a bigger screen & are more versatile
the hema 5 is an all in one unit & pretty easy to use
who uses what & what do you think of them both
these are the only to im looking at
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 16:55

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 16:55
Curiosity question, does the EEPC have a touch screen?

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Follow Up By: age - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 17:08

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 17:08
Geoff

The eeepc T91 has a touch screen and folds to a tablet - I have just kitted mine out with Garmin and Ozi software and is a good allround choice over a dedicated nav unit as it is Windows based

Have also succesfully hooked in via usb my old Nuvi as a remote GPS for the eeepc running Garmin Mobile PC, so have the best of both worlds if I wish to use the Nuvi as a pocket size portable.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:35

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:35
And you can get touch screen upgrades for most eepc's ( and HP etc) on ebay pretty cheap.
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Reply By: chisel - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:09

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:09
hema navigator has the hema maps which cost close to $200 and also runs ozi explorer which is not free.
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:16

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:16
I too am interested in this issue. I would like a larger screen than the one I look at on my HP Travel companion (basically a turn by turn navigator, hacked to run Ozi CE). One issue that needs to be overcome is mounting the Netbook. Even though it is a small screen I am not aware of any commercial bracket available.
I like the idea of using my HP as the GPS device for Ozi Explorer on a Netbook, but you have to tell Ozi what the GPS is when setting up.

Also how do you get programs like Oziexplorer onto the Netbook seeing it does not have a disk drive? What is the advantage of a Touch Screen on a Netbook? Wouldn't the Moving Map in the full version of Ozi be OK?

I have fully licensed versions of Ozi and OziCE. I understand that it is legal to load Ozi onto a second computer for personal use.

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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:37

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:37
By the time you set up a EEEpc it will actually cost a little more than a Hema Navigator. But as far as I'm concerned the extra cost is more than justified by the extra features:
Larger screen
Can play DVDs
MP3 Storage / playback
Internet connectivity / email
Full Windows operating systen so you can run Word / Excel / PDf etc.
160G of storage for pictures etc. when traveling.


Hema Navigator = $1000

The total ost of my EEEpc setup.

10" EEEpc = $ 400
Oziexplorer = $130
CD/DVD Drive = $120
Maps = $200
Ram mount = $150
12V power supply = $40
USB GPS reciever = $80
Total = $1120

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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:44

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:44
Hi

I don't have a Hema Navigator but I have an equivalent 5" GPS running OziExplorer CE. Its bright, easliy visible, easy to use and is so simple I can lend it to friends to take on trips. Cost about $70 for the hardware. Maps and Ozi load on SD card.

I also have an eeePC 900 with Ozi and Magellan Streets and Tracks. The main attraction is its compactness, and the SD card slot. The screen is OK but is much brighter running a little programme that enables brightness, fan speed, processor speed to be controlled. I've used this unit mounted on the dash on a few trips and it has been excellent. Using the mouse on rough tracks is a no no. It cost $430.

The other device that might interest you is an 8.9" remote touch screen that plugs into either a Toshiba laptop, or a Mac Mini. The brightness and clarity of the display is unsurpassed. Using the touch screen is difficult- the detail on the Ozi UI is so complex I need to use a stylus rather than my finger to tap the right spots. The display cost about $200.

When necessary I use GPS Gate to run more than one programme from a single GPS. Maps include the NatMap series, Hema, WestPrint, and bits downloaded from Google maps.

Some would say I have an obsession with GPSs. I probably own about 30, including my very first Magellan Meridian from 1994. The current setup, ready for a trip in April, is: Tom Tom Go 710, 5" Chinese GPS (1:250,000 maps), Mio 470 (Hema maps), 8.9" dsiplay with Toshiba laptop, Spot GPS and eeePC as backup.

I shouldn't get lost, but I can't see out the window.

In answer to your question, I'd find it hard to pay a grand for something I can set up for less than a hundred (given that I already own the software and the maps).
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 04:17

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The top pic compares the eeePC running Ozi (bottom L) with the touch display running DiscoverAus St and Tr. Note Spot GPS in cradle on dash.

The bottom pic shows the 5" GPS running Ozi CE with the 1:250,000 mosaic map.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 07:56

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 07:56
Hi Bob

Interested in your comment re-screen brightness.

Does that little routine allow it to be turned brighter than normal ?

Of the many PC laptop etc , we have found none with sufficent screen brightness to be useful in sunlight and EEPC normally have very low output about 1/4 of my 276c GPS.

Been the main reason why we just carry laptop for use at camp.

Still waiting for an OLED laptop to come along.

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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 21:08

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 21:08
Robin

Yes it is a lot brighter.

Try it and see eeectl

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Follow Up By: Member - Rod D1 (WA) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 16:41

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 16:41
Bob

I have used an HP Travel Companion with Ozi CE on a trip around Australia and it works a treat except that the screen is too small and my fingers are too big. Anyway the HP died recently and I'm looking to setup a similar system but with a bigger screen. I'm interested in your comments about the 5" GPS. Is this a generic Chinese unit running Windows CE and if so do you have any recommendation? I have Ozi CE and all the relevent maps but would also like street navigation on this unit. To me, setting up a netbook computer is overkill from a pure navigation point of view but I do realise it doubles as a general purpose PC as well. Your thoughts?
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:46

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:46
I have a PC based solution but consider this

Eepc $400
GPS $80
OziExplorer $130
Hema Maps $200
Memory Maps Vic, NSW, Qld, Tas $700 ( but there are other solutions for say $500)

Total about $1510

That doesn't include street by street mapping.

Plusses
Higher resolution
Bigger
Can use larger map files inc Jpeg etc
Can run other apps.

Minuses
Clunky
Needs bracket etc
few minutes start up
Auto shut down and start up complicated ( but can be done)


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Reply By: Mick O - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 19:22

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 19:22
I have the EeePC running both Ozi and Trackranger. Admitadly I use a Panasonic Toughbook for primary Nav work and the EeePc as a redundant system or map creation and trip planning. For street by street, Trackranger will deliver that as well as the ability to customise point to point navigation. I find Trackranger much more user friendly than Ozi. Ozi though has a great deal more functionality and I'm sure I'll develop a passion for that as I learn its operation in more depth.

Only downside with any of these systems to my miond (and it's my opinion only) is screen size which is a major issue for those indulging in off track or uncharted navigation. The ability to know what lies ahead is crucial for appropriate placement in a sea of dunes for example. This however is an extreme example that won't apply to most users.

I'm a big plug for the EeePc over the small single purpose Nav systems as it has a 7 hour battery life and is light weight so it can be used out of the vehicle as well. You also have the ability to create maps from Google earth images or other sources which I'm not sure if Hema Navigator has facility for (sorry).

The bonus is that the Eeepc also has computer functionality for photographs, word processing, emails etc etc.
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 20:21

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 20:21
I really enjoyed my Eee PC 901, but it is now back at Asus for the fourth time not impressed. And the last time it was the indestructible solid state hard drive. Hope this time I get a new one
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 20:44

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 20:44
Gday Bruce, you seem to be having real problems with yours, I do hope you get it sorted soon mate.
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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 20:40

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 20:40




Eeepc, dont leave home without it.

Great setup, with solid state drive, perfect for touring.

Cheers Colin.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 15:43

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 15:43
i have mine mounted on the dash and the only issue I have is sun glare and that some of the keys have given up the ghost depending whether tabs are on or not. Weird. Also have mine hard wired to the car battery.
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Follow Up By: Member - evren1 (WA) - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 14:07

Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 14:07
can you please tell me where to get the mounting bracket you have there. I see it's set up for driver to view, does it swivel so the passenger can play navigator.
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 17:56

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Its a RAM mount from Johnny Appleseed GPS but I am sure other dedicated GPS retailers should have access to them.

Yes it can be used by both passenger or driver buy the loosening of one wing nut.
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Follow Up By: Member - evren1 (WA) - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 14:19

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thanks Colin :)

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Reply By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 22:51

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 22:51
"most of the maps & programs you can download for free for the pc"

There is not as much free stuff around as you may think.

All the free stuff like the stuff from Festy is not very good for general use.

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Follow Up By: Gramps - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 23:03

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 23:03
"All the free stuff like the stuff from Festy is not very good for general use"

Disagree with you there olcoolone. I've been using Festy's stuff for several years now without any major problems.

What were your issues with it ?

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 08:42

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 08:42
just get together with your mates for a map swap
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