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« on: November 07, 2004, 03:09:26 PM »
Looking to get hold of a satnav system. Want it to be portable so I can use it between vehicles, (maybe bike use as well?), and also on foot. Have had a quick look around but whats the best way to go? Dedicated or hand held PC? Will also want it to cover europe as well as the UK down to street  level. Dont want to be spending mega bucks! Can they be used with postcodes? All advice and information gratefully recieved!!!

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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2004, 05:03:27 PM »
I did see the GPS mapping system on a hand held pc and gotta say it looked fantastic, but i have had no personal use with one yet. The software also contains downloads for Fixed location speed cameras whichi thought was very handy.

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2004, 06:29:19 PM »
I can speak to my friend who runs a business dealing in all things electronic, stereo,satnav systems fixed or portable his main line of work.
Any particular type,make and budget limit?

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2004, 07:43:03 PM »
Type, make etc etc.......was looking for reccomends really! Not sure weather to go PDA or dedicated route. Needs to be rechargable, work in a vehicle or hand held.

Budget? Thinking anything up to £350, but not sure if thats realistic for what Im after!

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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2004, 10:13:56 AM »
Hello,
I currently us a DELL Pocket PC (400mhz X3) and have connected to it the brilliant TOMTOM Navigator GPS system which has maps covering UK and Europe as STD.
It is transferable to any vehicle.

I really like the performance of the GPS and the PC, the only down side is that the GPS receiver is powered from the car. (so no use if wanting to go hiking etc). What you might want to consider is a Pocket PC with the GPS receiver built-in.
I have seen them for sale as a complet kit for around £300.
Hope that helps, if you want anymore info just ask.

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2004, 10:23:45 AM »
http://www.globalpositioningsystems.co.uk/allprods.php?category_id=73&PHPSESSID=1d86cb229fed66ce88d6475cc0a6bac2&bid=4&PHPSESSID=4763ffbdc4173b525e1c42cad1b87cea

This link will take you to a site selling Pocket PC GPS bundles, the first one having a built-in GPS receiver so you may use while walking.

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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2004, 08:07:08 PM »
Can you navigate by postcode with the Tomtom software? And how detailed is the european map? ie what scale does it go to?

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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2004, 09:24:15 PM »
Hello.
Yes you can navigate by Postcode in Tom Tom Navigator. Not sure about the scale used in the European maps, I haven\'t installed them. I assume it will be to the same scale as the GB maps.
Overall I have found it to be extremely accurate, at least a 2 foot margin of error, which is good for a none military system IMHO.

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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2004, 09:25:19 PM »
I will have a look for my map disc and check out the euro maps for you .

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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2004, 10:09:34 PM »
Thanks!

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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2004, 08:59:04 PM »
Pointman, get a result??

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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2004, 10:18:05 PM »
Hello iiyama, sorry for the delay. Have been rather busy with work and at home.
I had hoped to post some pics but my DV recorder is playing silly bu***r and wont transfer the pics  over to my computer.
If I find my digicam I will post them for you.

Basically though, the European maps that come with the GPS system only contain the major roads, if you want a more detailed map they are available to download, though I think their is a small charge. Updates etc are free.

I looked at a lot of programs and found this one to be the best, though that is my preference.

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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2004, 10:32:53 PM »
Pics of England

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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2004, 10:33:43 PM »
Pic 2

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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2004, 10:34:26 PM »
Pic 3