From digest.v7.n1330 Tue Mar 17 20:30:20 1998
From: Jim Sun <glove1_at_email.msn.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 18:02:35 -0500
Subject: Re: GPS nav systems <GPS>
While on the subject of GPS nav systems, I've found the Delorme Tripmate
solution most cost-effective if you have a notebook computer.
- high res display; a typical notebook has 800x600, much more than any
of the dedicated kits that I have seen. And believe me when you need any
street level details, high res is a must.
- detail: I've found the street level detail most helpful; after all, it's rare to
get lost on major highways, which usually are well-marked.
- low cost: less than $200 for the software and GPS receiver (not including
the notebook computer, of course). The software includes the entire US
on CD. map data can be downloaded to the notebook from desktop (since
my notebook does not have a CDRom drive; call me cheapskate :)
- voice direction
- bulky and inelegant. I have one of the smaller notebooks (a 5.9 pounder),
but it's still hard to find a place to fit the thing in. I wish I had picked up the
NEC Libretto hand-held, then I probably could have mounted the unit on the
lower half of the steering wheel (without the obstructing the instrument panel).
- somewhat slow in setting up a route, at least on my old Pentium100. Much
faster on my desktop (P200), but that doesn't help much until one of those
days I finally put a desktop computer into my car. On-the-way tracking
however is very fast; satellite acquisition is about what you'd expect of any
12 channel GPS receiver.
- Delome does not have its own dinky screen display at all, so it's not all that
useful outside of steady power source to run the notebook. btw, I use an
inverter in the car to provide 115Vac power source.
- the auto route caculation fails to take into account the directionality of the
destination; could end up sending you to the opposite side of a divided
highway. usually not too hard to proceed from there on your own, but
mapquest.com does a much better job in that regard.
not related to Delorme, except for being a satisfied customer (I bought mine
from Staples, btw). iirc, their website is www.delorme.com.
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