Am I on the right track?

Submitted: Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 18:20
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G'day all

I have a question for those experienced with computer/gps set-ups.

I have a Tomtom that gets me around the city, and a Garmin 60CSx/Oziexplorer-on-the-laptop set up, for trips and trip planning. In the Jackaroo, things get crowded with the laptop open for moving map, so I am looking at one of those cheaper '7"screen gps do it all units' that are on eBay.

I have found a unit that seems to fit the bill, sold from Australia, and quote
"GPS operating system Windows CE 5.0
- Detects satellite signal faster than normal GPS unit
- Compatible with major GPS software e.g. OziExplorer, TomTom, iGO, Route66, Papago, etc."

So, do you think that this means OziCE and Natmaps could be installed on this unit, with little trouble (no trouble would be better for me!). Takes microSD card to 32Gig.

This is it
if you have time to have a look.

Thanks for your time, Cheers, Dave

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 19:41

Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 19:41
Yes looks ok, the only thing that I can't see is what turn by turn street nav software it is running.
I've made sure the three units I've bought over the years have all run Igo as it is one of the better systems, Route 66 is useless as many Hema Navigator purchasers have found. Hema have now changed to Igo on the latest ones.
Skip the wireles camera, only install a wired one.
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Follow Up By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 19:52

Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 19:52
G'day Peter

Thanks for taking the time to have a look. Main thing I want is decent size screen for Ozi, other stuff is a bonus (Bluetooth etc). I see the argument between Hema Nav/ VMS, a bit like Toyota/Nissan or Cooper/BFG, and don't like the thought of going there, at the price they are asking.

All I would have to buy for this is the $130 unit and OziCE, I have the rest.

Thanks again, Dave

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Reply By: blue one - Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 19:50

Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 19:50
I am very intersted with the outcome of your thread.

Took on just about everything I am after.


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Follow Up By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 19:55

Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 19:55
G'day Steve

Went out for an hour after posting, checked the computer when I got home, and saw your thread ... thought "What a co-incedence".

Hope you find what you are after, Dave

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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 20:30

Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 20:30
i have been on the internet time after time and gave up as there are so many on it, i dont have a great deal of patience i guess.....
It is exactly what i am after also, i will, with the wifeys ok, buy one as i have all the ozi ects and will watch in interest on how you load it all on to it, i have a "cheapy" and have followed all the instructions and cant get ozi to work at all ...... it is goin out to pasture now :-)
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Reply By: Mark C - Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 20:03

Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 20:03
Dave, I have a 5inch unit and have it loaded with oziexplorer and Igo $125.00 delivered and has worked well for 12months, does the same job as $900 VMS, go for it.
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Follow Up By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 20:08

Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 20:08
G'day Mark

Between Blueone and myself posting similar threads at the same time, we are getting very useful replies, very quickly.

Thanks for the info, great to get feedback from someone who has the set-up that I am looking at.

Cheers, Dave

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Follow Up By: blue one - Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 20:43

Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 20:43
Where did you get that one from?

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Follow Up By: Mark C - Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 21:13

Monday, Jun 13, 2011 at 21:13
Sorry it was 12 mths ago, I bought it on ebay ex china or hong kong.
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 08:44

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 08:44
If any unit on ebay runs win ce as its OE, uses an SD card to run/hold the software then it can be used with Oziexplorer CE and maps of your choice.
As I said I've been using a 3.4" one from Hong Kong for about 4 years with zero probs. I also have a 7" one bought late last year to replace it as we wanted another to use in the car with turn by turn nav, saves swapping from one to the other.
As per my previous post try to get one with Igo as the turn by turn nav, the rearview camera is a good option too but we've never used any of the other features.
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 08:58

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 08:58
I recently purchased a 5" unit from Chinavision that fits the bill. It came preloaded with iGO8.3 but no Oz maps. Had to find them myself (Ahhrr me hearties!!) 4 of my work mates have purchased similar units (5", 6.2" and 2x7"). They come in sizes from about 4.5" to 7" with various options (like reversing cameras etc). Delivery was via DHL and they all came from China in about 4 days.

How good are they?

The iGO8 software is OK but all units had an issue when resuming from standby (after turning the car off..) in that they would freeze, requiring a soft reboot. Major PITA!
I've since found a copy of iGO Primo v1.1 (Ahhrr me hearties!!) that completely solves that problem and is a far better package than iGO8.

Using Primo it is an excellent on road route navigator with all the features you could want from a nav unit.

I also have OziCE loaded and that works fine for all off road activities.

If you're not comfortable with finding your own maps/software updates (Ahhrr me hearties!!) then I suggest that one of these Chinese generic units is not for you.

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Reply By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 08:02

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 08:02
Hi all

For those interested in the outcome, I found a slightly different unit on eBay, which I have now purchased. I haven't recieved it yet, so can't comment on quality etc as yet.

This is the link if you want to have a look: CLICK HERE

For those that just want a quick run down, it uses unlocked win ce, igo software and whereis maps. Max microsd card is 16 gig. 'Unlocked Win CE' comes from the advert, the info on the software, mapping and micro sd card comes from asking the seller the questions.

Screen is 7", unit has bluetooth for phone, and other features.

The seller is based in Vic, but I do not think English is his first language, however , my questions were responded to very quickly, and politely.

Hope this assists anyone in a similar position, Cheers, Dave.

P.S. $119 delivered

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