Written by Charlie Marraffa
It’s been a long time since I have used CoPilot that came preinstalled on a Windows mobile device several years ago. I had been using the Windows Mobile platform along with various GPS applications that included TomTom, Destinator, IGO8 and others for nearly a decade that all started with the introduction of the HTC XDA.
Today, we are reviewing the latest navigation software from CoPilot: the Live Premium edition, courtesy of the folks at ALK, the creators of CoPilot.
Written by Charlie Marraffa
Let's go for a drive.
When I was offered the opportunity to review the Navigon 2410/2510 I had mixed feelings about this modern technology. When I was young I had been taught a simple method to find my way. And my intuition has never failed me, otherwise I wouldn't now be sitting at home typing this story! To be honest: often I had to ask someone, look at maps... it's not only intuition that got me home...
After taking these little tools for some thorough test drives, bicycle rides, and walks I am convinced that this new technology can be an excellent addition to my own intuition in finding my way. Especially when driving, it helps me concentrate on the traffic. I don't have the added stress of looking for the right direction... It also saves me money in the gas bill, because it keeps telling me which way to go to reach my destination.
The ease of use, it's size just right, multimode - and despite the glitches I came across - I can recommend you to put this Navigon 2410/2510 on your list when you want to choose a new gps navigation set. It may well turn out to be your choice, because of its value for money.
Late in 2009 DigitalReviews got to roadtest the i-gotU GT-120 USB GPS Travel Logger. The friendly folks at MobileAction has shipped to us a newer, bigger edition in the form of the GT-600. There are some key differences between the two so let's get cracking.
The Navin miniHomer Key-Chain GPS position finder found its way to my desk promising me that I would never have to worry about where my car was parked, finding my way back to a hotel, and returning to a camping ground again. With claims like that, and with me being one that is far too famous for her own good for getting lost – i thought i should test it in at least two environments.
So how did it fare?
This SatNav is specifically aimed at the professional truckies or anyone driving an oversized vehicle where it is important to know which roads, bridges and tunnels you can safely negotiate with your rig. And, just as important, you need to know where all the truck stops are.
So how does the ProNav PNN-300, which comes in at a hefty AUD 799, fare in the heavyweight league?
Let's belt up and find out.
All of today's high tech equipment comes with a user manual and the more complicated a piece of equipment is the thicker the manual. And the fewer people that will actually read that… As a result most people will not know how to properly work with their equipment -- even if their lives depended on it. And when it comes, for instance, to vital navigational equipment in an aircraft lack of knowledge can be fatal!
Today we are looking at a reference manual that addresses this problem.
Enter Qref, a company that specializes in making high quality reference material for the aviation and maritime sectors.
Today we will look at the Quick Reference for the Garmin GNS 430, arguably the most popular avionics set.
When I heard that I had the opportunity to review this small marvel of electronics, I wondered what would be the use to me. I have to go back a long time to explain my feelings to you on the subject of speed limits... and of course keeping within those limits. It's now some thirty five years ago, that I was trained to become a civil engineer. We had many lectures on road design, and it's like yesterday to me listening to one of the lecturers admonishing us: "When you drive keep within the speed limits: roads are designed to a specific maximum speed. It's for your own safety to stay within those limits!"
That stern warning has been in the back of my mind ever since, so I keep to speed limits. So why would I need an instrument that warns me of speed cameras? It's with a bit of scepticism I plugged it into the cigarette lighter, and took the GlobalTop SC-200 for a road test.
In this review I'll give you a first hand witness account of how I changed my mind, once I had the experience of going through an hour of heavy rush hour traffic in the city of the Hague, in the western part of the Netherlands.