Pros and cons? ......Help! ;-)
I'm wondering whether to try a mobile phone for GPS. I always take paper maps so it will mostly be used for getting a position 'fix' and I like having an OS map displayed to make it easy to confirm where I am. Navigation isn't one of my strongest points, and neither is techy gadgetry!
Will the Nokia 5800 'talk' to an Imac for route planning etc? I've seen 2 versions, one with buttons and one with a touch screen. Which version are folk using?
The display on an Iphone 4 looks great and routebuddy seem to be developing better software. Are there other good alternatives? I understand battery life would probably be shorter on the Iphone. Is this true even if it's just switched on occassionally to get a fix? Are there other ways around this, charging from a power monkey? How long do folk think they can eak out battery life?
Cost isn't the greatest consideration here, although I'd rather not spend money I don't need to. Ease of use and an intuitive user interface are probably the most critical factors for me.
Grateful for your help!
Thanks Kate. I thought I'd seen a pic of one with buttons on the bottom half and only a smallish screen at the top but I could easily be wrong there.
How good do you find the picture/detailing using OS maps on the 5800?
Yeah, what Twiggy said. I don't use my Nokia as my princpial nav tool - that's a map and compass - but viewranger is pretty intuitive. You can carry a spare battery too and change it if necessary!
Can't compare with i-Stuff cos I've never used it.
Thanks folks. Can you use the 5800 effectively as a stand-alone device, without the need to connect to a PC?
This would be pretty critical really, unless there is Mac connectivity, as I don't have a PC.
Kate - Viewranger is now available for Android phones - see here. I'll download a trial onto my wifes Galaxy when she's not looking - it should look good on the 4" screen.
P.S. Though if I was an apple type person I'd look at memorymap for the iPhone - see this.
Jim - yes. Only make sure you have a wireless broadband to download Viewranger - you don't want to be downloading it off contract internet time!
ALS - that's good news. Even better, it looks as though one can transfer one's maps from an old phone to a new one.
Thanks ALS. A friend of mine just got the Samsung and she's had real problems learning to do even basic things like call/text etc, but it might just be a steep learning curve at the start as she's always had Nokias. I'll check out the screen though and if you use it for GPS please let me know how you get on
Kate, thanks. I've got broadband and I can plug in a thingamy to get wireless.
Any more thoughts from iPhone users?
Sig's are a waste of bandwidth...
Many thanks Nokia and Android users. Some food for thought there. The Samsung looks good. Nice big screen for my failing old eyes!
Anyone want to tell the 'pro iPhone story'? I'm sure there are a few in use out there.
I wonder if I can find anywhere where I could look at an OS map on-screen on the Nokia, Samsung and iPhone to compare?
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