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Fish Tales
15th July 2009, 10:00 AM
Traveling out west NSW, and then onto ACT next week. Looking at GPS to make it easier. I want to spend 200-250 on a new unit. Looking at DSE and JB Hifi. Cheap units they have are Navman F15 200 bucks with bonus 2009 maps (valued at 179 wtf). http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/4a5d19c51344d684273fc0a87e0106be/Product/View/D4273

JB have http://www.jbhifi.com.au/car-sound-gps-navigation/gps/

Garmin 218 bucks, looks a better unit.........but what maps should I expect to get? Anyone know the costs to update these things? I confess to know stuff-all about these things, anyone recommend something good/lower priced that I can buy off shelf this week?
Cheers

Ric
15th July 2009, 10:25 AM
i used a navman (my brother's so i have no idea on the model) recently on a drive from Sydney to Byron and back and it was a pretty decent little unit - accurate maps, good directions

David_AVD
15th July 2009, 10:35 AM
I bought a Tom Tom wide screen unit so that the menu can go on one side, and not chew up too much screen real estate. I think it's an "XL One" model and was $365 at the time.

acejas
15th July 2009, 10:43 AM
didnt give yourself much time - but never buy a navman - cost of updates are prohibitive. I buy all my navs from dealextreme - no good for you as time constraints. If you had time on your hands i could help u :(

Bendragon
15th July 2009, 10:47 AM
+1 for Tom Tom - Very easy to navigate and I believe it's the quickest on the market to adjust routes as you go. Eg, take the wrong turn and it picks it up and changes the planned route instantly to avoid turnarounds and stuff.

I'll be getting another

Fish Tales
15th July 2009, 11:22 AM
Looking like the Tom Tom is the unit, I will pick one up today.

Yep Jas those dealextreme units would be the go, just did think about GPS till yesterday.

Strydr
15th July 2009, 01:10 PM
I have had no dramas with my Tom Tom ! :D

Bendragon
15th July 2009, 01:15 PM
I'm going to tomorrow to get this one
http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/portable-navigation/navigation-bluetooth/tomtom-go730-gps-receiver-latest-model/389265

After mine got knocked off...(note to self...and everyone, don't leave your car unlocked in a dodgy area at night)

AskJacob
15th July 2009, 01:55 PM
yeah I have a navman, I can spend $20 less on buying a new unit instead of updating the maps:realmad:

Insane prices for updates. bah.

Unit works ok though, and my last gregories was about 8 years old so I suppose I don't need to upgrade the maps that often.

I am happy with it's stability... my bro bought an off-brand unit, and spent months playing with the different nav apps (all pirate that came with it) to get a stable one... he ended up buying a tomtom as the other unit used to hang or just lose it's marbles during inconvenient times...

Cheers
Jacob

Fish Tales
15th July 2009, 01:56 PM
Went to JB, compared the Tom Tom to the Garvin. Garvin 30 bucks cheaper and has all the same capabilities so got it. Updated it easily, and is very easy to use.
;)

Bendragon
15th July 2009, 02:23 PM
Garmin ?

Nidzdotnet
15th July 2009, 02:39 PM
I got a unit from Dealextreme.com and they are pretty good. They now have 5" ones with Bluetooth for just over $100US. You can load whatever maps and software you like onto them. The good thing is updates to all software is free if you knwo where to look.. hehe

bleugh
15th July 2009, 03:16 PM
buy a windows CE5.0 based device

then use www.gpspassion.com forums

hack it to run anything you want,

I've a cheapo $99 laser unit running the latest tomtom far better than my actual tomtomXL did

sat-navs mostly nowadays are generic windows machines with a GPS bolted on!

Fish Tales
15th July 2009, 03:20 PM
Garmin ?

yeah thats him

mooncresta
15th July 2009, 04:25 PM
buy a windows ce5.0 based device

then use www.gpspassion.com forums

hack it to run anything you want,

i've a cheapo $99 laser unit running the latest tomtom far better than my actual tomtomxl did

sat-navs mostly nowadays are generic windows machines with a gps bolted on!

+1

Simon_A
15th July 2009, 06:14 PM
buy a windows CE5.0 based device

then use www.gpspassion.com forums

hack it to run anything you want,

I've a cheapo $99 laser unit running the latest tomtom far better than my actual tomtomXL did

sat-navs mostly nowadays are generic windows machines with a GPS bolted on!

You legend, I have one of those Laser Navig8r units. Wanted to hack it for ages. How did you do it?


But for work I use a Garmin Nuvi 760. Brilliant unit.

Mickey Juice
7th July 2010, 11:48 AM
*bump*

Has anyone modified the 'Go Cruise' GPS units from Aldi?
I've been given one with the crap Route66 software on board and was looking at hacking it.

Running WinCE I'll try and get it to run an alternative from the SD card.

acejas
7th July 2010, 12:11 PM
Mate what model is it?

bigALshoalhaven
7th July 2010, 12:15 PM
i have navman f30 or f50?? piece of crap cost $300 a couple years ago and it powers off at will, and then wont power back on for a few minutes, shit!!!!

Mickey Juice
7th July 2010, 12:29 PM
Mate what model is it?

'Go Cruise' Model # 4307 (Product number 6628)

Johno
7th July 2010, 02:09 PM
didnt give yourself much time - but never buy a navman - cost of updates are prohibitive. I buy all my navs from dealextreme - no good for you as time constraints. If you had time on your hands i could help u :(

hey acejas. Which models on deal extreme do you recommend (with links if possible). I'm after one with blue tooth and obviosuly to be able to update to latest maps.

i don't know much about them but have been keen to get one for ages. Turn by turn voice guidance would be good also but don;t know if deal extreme would have models for that as well cheap? :unsure

acejas
7th July 2010, 03:46 PM
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.31997

This is the 4gb version which I buy but there is a 2gb version. Ive bought 5 of these and have had no faulty or not working units.

You could go for the 2gb version but i cant find that model. Also you could get any 400mhz model but then you might have trouble with TTS (text to speech) and cant run multiple gps's (tom tom, oziexplorer, igo 8 etc)

Mickey Juice
7th September 2010, 02:20 PM
N00b question, bit I assume you can load internation maps on the yumcha GPS'?
I was looking at a US trip and thought of getting one of these for the trip.

acejas
7th September 2010, 02:57 PM
yeah mate...no probs there...just make sure youve got a big enough sd card (>2gb)

narf_
7th September 2010, 11:18 PM
the cheap ones on ebay atm (around 60ish) have all international maps loaded already too btw

Mickey Juice
8th September 2010, 10:53 AM
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.31997

This is the 4gb version which I buy but there is a 2gb version. Ive bought 5 of these and have had no faulty or not working units.

You could go for the 2gb version but i cant find that model. Also you could get any 400mhz model but then you might have trouble with TTS (text to speech) and cant run multiple gps's (tom tom, oziexplorer, igo 8 etc)

Is this still your choice of GPS?

acejas
8th September 2010, 11:35 AM
pretty much. you could go the 2gb version. The only thing is if you want to experiment with alot of GPS programs...win ce5.0 is the go. V5 is more adaptable to changing the main screen

Ive bought about 4 different models from dealextreme (including this one)

One thing to note that all dont have good battery life - not a problem if you use it in the car. I dont use them as media players etc

Nidzdotnet
8th September 2010, 02:06 PM
I got my GPS's off dealextreme.com

They usually have US maps but you can easily download AU maps. You can run 3 copies of 3 different GPS Windows CE programs on the 1 device. I have I-Go Myway and Tomtom and Route 66.

acejas
8th September 2010, 02:21 PM
oziexplorer is one that is difficult to wun on wince 6

highlander2287
8th September 2010, 03:55 PM
i recently bought an ezygo gps from ebay aus from a mob called ezygoauto. it has wince 6 and latest 3d maps, igomyway and has bluetooth for $139. a great little unit for the price.

Mickey Juice
19th September 2010, 06:17 PM
pretty much. you could go the 2gb version. The only thing is if you want to experiment with alot of GPS programs...win ce5.0 is the go. V5 is more adaptable to changing the main screen

So you reckon stick with wince 5?

I might have to get mine from eBay... I don't truse dealextreme to get here within 2 weeks before i leave

acejas
19th September 2010, 06:20 PM
Shouldnt matter too much mate...its just me. Advances are happening daily but I found it a bit of a pain...things might have changed. If a similar product exists at the same price id go 5

shansta
19th September 2010, 10:08 PM
The only thread you will ever need...

http://www.austech.info/gps/30474-gps-apps-tutorials-windows-mobile-ce-pna-pda-iphone.html

I'm up to 6 different programs on my "Soniq" 3.5" touchscreen... (4gb SD)

acejas
19th September 2010, 10:12 PM
awesome thread...hollowman was the man (still is ) you will notice wince 5 is the go from that thread

shansta
19th September 2010, 10:45 PM
awesome thread...hollowman was the man (still is ) you will notice wince 5 is the go from that thread

Yeah - forgot to add that, WinCE 5 is definitely the way to go.

Mickey Juice
21st September 2010, 01:05 PM
Yeah - forgot to add that, WinCE 5 is definitely the way to go.

Cool thanks.

Is it recommended to get one with 128Mb of SD ram rather than 64?

eg:
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/NEW-4-3-GPS-128RAM-2GB-BT-FM-AV-IN-2010-MAPS-/190406699239?pt=AU_Electronics_GPS&hash=item2c551fa8e7#ht_4265wt_998

acejas
21st September 2010, 04:40 PM
it doesnt get needed unless you do a lot of playing around and getting trick with the unit. Having said that, I would get 128mb for sure. That unit is ok but a little more expensive and i like teh new screens but neither here no there...Buy it mate!!! Get stuck in...beofre you know it youll be on your trip with out a GPS :(

Mickey Juice
23rd September 2010, 11:02 AM
I bought it yesterday :)
He took my offer of $120 and it arrived overnight! Just about to crack it open.

Mickey Juice
23rd September 2010, 12:22 PM
Working great so far. Already has IGO8 pre-loaded on it. I just have to go pick up an SD mem card so I can have a play.

Is there much difference between IGO8 and IGO Primo?

acejas
23rd September 2010, 02:49 PM
Been awhile since i tried primo...those bourbons dont help to remeber...stick with IG)8. They use teh same maps anyway. Greta to see you got one!!! Look forward to more questions. Id be interested if you can run TOMTOm on this unit...some clown reckons you cant on 128mb

Mickey Juice
24th September 2010, 02:41 PM
I tried installing TomTom, but got stuck because my GPS can't browse to .exe's (to run tomtom.exe and generate files for cracking)...

So that has led me to looking at program 'launchers' ie front end for running multiple apps. (I don't know how to access Wince directly)

I've had a look at GPS Unlock which runs OK

http://gpsunlock.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/IMG_13.jpg
http://gpsunlock.net/

Have you tried Miopocket 4.0?
It looks good but these warnings have put me off:

Warning: Some obscure GPS devices (especially no-name Chinese GPS devices) do not revert Windows back to an unmodified condition when you perform a hard reset. That means that you may not be able to undo any undesirable changes and you may permanently brick your unit. You've been warned, but, if you proceed, be extra careful about what changes you make. Most reputable brands, including all of the following, are safe.

Warning: Most of these Chinese devices do not revert Windows back to an unmodified condition when you perform a hard reset. You can still install MioPocket on these devices, but be aware that doing so carries a slightly higher risk.

This thread mentioned a prog that looks good, but the host site is over bandwidth :/

http://www.austech.info/gps/31080-gps-launching-program.html

Mickey Juice
27th September 2010, 08:01 PM
Anyone know where to get some good igo8 skins?

henrybulldog
7th January 2011, 10:56 PM
bumpasaurus. ill need one of these soon. would prefer to by from a bricks and mortar rather then deal exreme as illl be requiring a demonstration of how this works. will be needing it for day to day suburbia driving. turn left, turn right is good. street names aswell is better. its going to be tax deductable so a hungee either way doesnt real make a difference. it must be easy to use and doesnt need any overly complicated features just to get me from a to b.

pinsanity
8th January 2011, 01:50 AM
Has Colonel Light's Vision gone pear shaped, henry? ;)

henrybulldog
8th January 2011, 02:30 AM
the colonel didnt have to wash dogs in the western suburbs.

its steelers, bowodie, pinsanity. fav posters i havent yet met.

narf_
8th January 2011, 09:40 AM
harvey norman have them for under $100 atm cheap enough to say turn left ect but without the hit in the head from the wife if you take the wrong one

henrybulldog
9th January 2011, 08:12 PM
acejas thought you might have chimed in with your words of gps wisdom. cheers for the tip narf but harvey norman isnt an option.

shansta
10th January 2011, 06:48 AM
Depends on the software they run Henry.

I personally find the "Tom-tom" to be quite bland and simplistic (as in dumbed down), but easy to use - and an uncluttered screen.

Good mate of mine who's a computer/GPS idiot, went for the top-o'-the-range Navman. He only rang me once...

Have a quick look on austek forums or fixmygps.net - they will have some sort of poll / discussion on what's good and why.

You sound to me like a Tom might be the go:

http://www.ja-gps.com.au/TomTom/tomtom-go-1000/

Or cheaper:

http://www.ja-gps.com.au/TomTom/tomtom-start-10/

Few boatie mates of mine rave about Johnny Appleseed, very good to deal with apparently. :unsure

Shane.

henrybulldog
17th February 2011, 11:29 PM
thanks for all the advise fellas. ended up with a navman my60t. 2 yrs warranty and 3yrs of free maps. $197 from jbhifi.

Johno
15th June 2011, 08:51 PM
I'm thinking of getting this one.

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/5-lcd-windows-ce-5-0-core-gps-navigator-w-fm-transmitter-bluetooth-internal-2gb-australian-maps-47093

any thoughts/experiences/recommendations?

Replay
15th June 2011, 10:25 PM
what about these? any good?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370493952262

fbradica
19th June 2011, 10:48 PM
Download TomTom if you have an iPhone great bit of kit it is

Franko