GPS Apps

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  1. Big Calhoun

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    What GPS apps (if any) is everyone using? Currently, I'm using Deloreme Handheld 2004 and use a Socket Bluetooth GPS with my iPaq. I was using my laptop at one time, but found it too cumbersome to use while driving (Glare, battery power, too many things plugged in, screen saver, yadda yadda yadda). When I was using my laptop, I started with Rand McNally and a 'mouse' type GPS unit. The software was good, very inclusive, but having to plug in the GPS lent itself to more cords running around my car. Once I got the BT GPS, I couldn't get it to work with Rand McNally so I switched to Teletype....HORRIBLE. The absolute WORST interface I've ever used. So then I blow another 80 bux on Delorme 2003. This was an excellent package, simple yet informative interface, easy to use. Because of this, I picked up the handheld version for my iPaq. The whole reason for my question is to see if anyone is using (and likes) the newer 3D mapping packages with the top-down view? Easier to use, harder? Easy to setup maps?
     
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    I've used the new Pocket PC device called the Mitac Mio 168 with built in GPS, it used a software product called Destinator and had 3D views that I found to be very nice

    http://www.destinator1.com/products.emb

    Living in NYC though, GPS is a crapshot in getting it to work because of all the tall buildings around.
     
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    I've seen the Destinator package around. Are you happy with it? Are the streets and points of interests accurate? I like the top-down view, it just seems to make more sense while driving. Albeit, it'll probably take some time for me to get used to. The biggest problem I'm having with Delorme Handheld 2004 is it's just a hassle to select a map. In Delorme, you can't just select a state to display on your PDA. You have to start the software from your laptop and pick a zoom level. The zoom level will dictate how much detail you get (Major throughways VS side streets). If you wanted an entire state, you basically have to get as much of the map in view and CTRL + Click...repeating until you get the desired area. Once that's done, you have to save the map locally and then sync to transfer to a PDA........HASSLE.

    I hear ya about GPS in NYC. Getting around the city is easy for me so I've never had the displeasure. Aren't the new SiRF protocol enabled devices supposed to have more sensitivety and work better around high buildings and foliage? Of course they introduce that after I shelled out $300 for an NMEA BT unit.
     
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