Computer as GPS

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 08:21
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Hi all anyone after a small computer to use as a GPS have a look at this one runs Win ce 5 not sure if hardrive or ssd looks good good price $ 195.95, see link


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Reply By: gopher - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 08:26

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 08:26
Sorry mucked up link hope this one works


http://www.oo.com.au/EasyNotebook_Ultra_Portable_La_P26871C1397.cfm?cm_mmc=newsletter-_-20100221-_-null-_-null



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Reply By: GerryP - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 09:11

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 09:11
Hi Gopher,

Personally I would go for a 10 inch netbook such as an EEPC or similar, with either XP or Windows 7. These have a reasonable hard drive (generally around 160GB or more) whereas the one you mention appears to have a mere 2GB. It has a pretty low resolution screen as well. I know the 10 inch is double the price, but in my opinion, twice as useful and still pretty cheap.

Interested to hear other's thoughts...

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Reply By: DIO - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 09:24

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 09:24
Not aware of any computer that has an inbuilt GPS. You would have to connect a GPS to the computer. So in fact you would be using the computer in place of the GPS scree/monitor.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 23:16

Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 23:16
Quite a few have gps capabilities especially with a WWAN card. Some of the Telstra USB NextG sticks have GPS capability, just that they disable it with their choice of software versions.

Running GPS "IN" my laptop as we speak ....

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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 09:29

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 09:29
Gopher,
Broadly agree with Gerry.

64MB of memory would be limiting for program and map space, making the system page and therefore slow.

The 2GB of storage would not hold much in the way of maps once the programs are loaded. True you can use a USB stick or SD card but still limiting.

I would go for the EEEPC which has a proven track record.

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Reply By: gopher - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 10:18

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 10:18
Yes i agree already have a EEPC with a buffallo shockproof 250gig external HD & Gps mouse just thought someone might have been interested in them, pretty cheap.
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Reply By: just - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 16:29

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 16:29
They're great - I've had a 9" and now have a 10" eeepc and use a $40 bluetooth GPS receiver bought off ebay from China. It sits on a PVC "table" in the middle of the dash and held in place with velco. I have oziexplorer for off road work and street navigation software to find places. with 160 gig HDD I also have my car manual installed and can upload my digital pics and video on a trip. I've also installed a touch screen which really assists in its useability.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 23:06

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 23:06
You must be a Nissan owner to need your manual in the computer

ROFL Just kidding really
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 17:16

Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 17:16
Graham


I have a Nissan and it is extremely reliable.

The way Toyota is going at the moment I don't think Toyota owners can criticise.

Have they charged Toyota with manslaughter yet?



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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 19:52

Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 19:52
Lighten up, it was a joke as I said.


Nothing wrong with Cruisers and having had at least 5 other Toyotas Im still alive anyway..


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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 23:08

Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 23:08
Graham


Yes you said it was a joke.

I was just pointing out some facts. At the moment Toyota owners can't afford to joke. There is nothing funny about 30 people losing their lives is there.

As I pointed out there is a possibility that Toyota might be charged with manslaugher. They will not be the first car manufacturer if they are. Ford were charged with manslaughter previously.



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Follow Up By: Member - Megan and Kevin D (AC - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 14:00

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 14:00
Hi
You mention using a touchscreen. What did you buy and where was it from, please? Any details very welcome. Thanks very much. Megan
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Follow Up By: just - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 14:21

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 14:21
I bought mine off ebay seller "onetouch4sale" out of HK but there are a few sources. A bit fiddly to install and it avoids your warranty, but its worth the risk to me given the added usability. I do believe that some of the new small PCs are now coming out with touch screens pre-installed but I'm not sure at what cost.
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Follow Up By: Member - Megan and Kevin D (AC - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 22:23

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 22:23
Thanks just. Very helpful. Megan
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