Mapping, grid refs, Nokia 5800, and other things
1. What if I don't need navigation software, just a grid ref: does any phone with GPS capability give you an OS grid ref, or do you need to have a certain app / software, or a certain sort of phone?
2. People on here have recommended the Nokia 5800 with ViewRanger: however, Orange have stopped offering that phone, and its successor is the X6 apparently. I don't trust the Orange people to know whether this is actually as good for GPS purposes, although I think it does support ViewRanger.
Anyone use this X6 phone for this purpose? Or can anyone recommend any other newish phone for GPS purposes?
There's some info on apps for a grid ref for different types of phone in this recent thread.
From that it seems like Nokia/ Symbian phones are perhaps the most limited except of course for Viewranger which everybody seems to rate highly.
Matt, how do you mean 'limited' - it just looks like Nokia / Symbian phones need one app to get a grid ref (which is all I want really) whilst Windows / Android need another?
I have a nokia 5800 and have the utm data app. Its not bad, you can choose which co-ord to display depending on your location. I've just set mine for GB OS. it gives daylight hours as well which can help with planning for the day.
I find my phone takes a little while to warm up for the gps to get a fix but once its on then no problem. Haven't bothered with buying any mapping because I use Quo printed myself and this app is a just in case feature.
Used it once on my last 4 day walk due to forestry commission moving a footpath and its signs.
If anybody needs it, I've got it stored on my pc as a zip file that I can email over. Just pm me.
I always used the IPaq PDAs in the past because I could put memorymap on them as they had windows mobile. Not many phones have windows nowadays so I found it more difficult to upgrade (Vodafone are a pain!)) but I use the HTC Touch Pro 2 as it has GPS and windows mobile and a physical keyboard.
You can download basic free gps location sotware with the HTC and not use other software eg tomtom or memory map.
Some 'gps' systems aren;s gps with satellites as such but use signal masts / other phones I believe to give a general idea of where you are located. Problem I'd have thought in rural areas!?
quite a few gps apps for windows type phones but you'd need ot check compatibility with any windows phone. (they work on some and not designed for others)
etc etc if you google "gps applications windows mobile" or similar
This is a nice site:
My 5800 was an unwanted upgrade in a sealed box ( from Ebay ) The vodafone ones are all unlocked apparently.
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