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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reader Review: Nokia 6110 - ViewRanger OS Mapping Reply with quote

pocketgpsworld.comPocketGPSWorld.com reader Jeff Maultby is a keen mountain biker and has been using Augmentra's ViewRanger OS mapping solution on a Nokia 6110. He's very kindly provided a review , over to Jeff...

"These days an outdoor MTB/walking enthusiast who enjoys taking advantage of new technology will, when they leave home, probably take with them a road based car turn by turn voice navigation system, an off road personal navigation device, a mobile phone and a digital camera."

"They will have checked that the batteries are fully charged, spare batteries are packed they have the various car-chargers. If they are lucky they won't have forgotten the rucksack to carry it all in and the waterproof cases to protect them all with!"

"But not I. I have found the perfect solution that replaces all the above with a single device but also adds huge benefits in the form of invaluable Ordnance Survey mapping. And what is this magic all-in-one device? A GPS enabled Nokia Navigator 6110 smartphone that has built in Route 66 satnav software and ViewRanger mapping software all encased in a Boxit waterproof case."

Click here to read Jeff's full review.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:18 pm    Post subject: Nokia 6110 Navigator SCREEN SIZE Reply with quote

Thanks for a very interesting review.

What you omit to say is that your screen dumps are 4 times the area of hte originals. THey are 4.4 inches diagonal against 2.2 inches for teh real thing. The real thing is half as wide and half as high. That is tiny - I cannot read the bottom two screen prints. Try changing the size of the display on your monitor to match that, and you will see what I mean. (50% does it).

Sorry but I don't think that is a realistic size of screen to be using for navigating. I use a 4 inch screen on my iPAQ 4700, which works for me.

As a comparison, teh Satmap Active 10 and the new Garmin nuvi both use a 3.5 inch screen.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats awesome m8, just got an N95-8Gb, as i`m into my MTB as well, can i get the cover, holder etc for that i wonder?

which choice of the software did you go for? with the viewranger OS? as there seems to be a big choice and alot of diference in prices?

many thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Nokia 6110 Navigator SCREEN SIZE Reply with quote

Fellwalker wrote:
Thanks for a very interesting review.

What you omit to say is that your screen dumps are 4 times the area of hte originals. THey are 4.4 inches diagonal against 2.2 inches for teh real thing. The real thing is half as wide and half as high. That is tiny - I cannot read the bottom two screen prints. Try changing the size of the display on your monitor to match that, and you will see what I mean. (50% does it).

Sorry but I don't think that is a realistic size of screen to be using for navigating. I use a 4 inch screen on my iPAQ 4700, which works for me.

As a comparison, teh Satmap Active 10 and the new Garmin nuvi both use a 3.5 inch screen.


Hi Fellwalker, this June we used it to nav up maiden moor and high spy (i guess from your moniker you'll know these and also know that there is not a clear path), in thick fog and driving rain and down rigghead quarry, with no problems at all, so i guess the screen size is fine!. We also used it to nav scafell pike from seathwaite and helvellyn across to sticks pass and down, but these were in decent weather. if you want a better set of pics the original review is on my personal site here.

I'm not interested in a "yours is better than mine argument" - i only wanted to share the real benefits we've enjoyed.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

arabianjules wrote:
thats awesome m8, just got an N95-8Gb, as i`m into my MTB as well, can i get the cover, holder etc for that i wonder?

which choice of the software did you go for? with the viewranger OS? as there seems to be a big choice and alot of diference in prices?

many thanks.


Hi arabianjules
you'll have to check with the boxit suppliers but i believe the case is fine with the N95. we picked the 6110 for its excellent battery life which we believe is not so good with the n95. the viewranger authors will probably have tested it with the n95 and maybe can advise? I think there's only one viewranger for each version of your phone's operating system, so it depends which version of symbian your n95 runs - again the viewrangwr authors will advise. we have found their pre and post sales service is superb. we bought an 8gb card with whole of uk at 1:50 and selected regions at 1:25 and still got loads of space free for mp3s and vids.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Nokia 6110 Navigator SCREEN SIZE Reply with quote

maultby wrote:


Hi Fellwalker, this June we used it to nav up maiden moor and high spy (i guess from your moniker you'll know these and also know that there is not a clear path), in thick fog and driving rain and down rigghead quarry, with no problems at all, so i guess the screen size is fine!. We also used it to nav scafell pike from seathwaite and helvellyn across to sticks pass and down, but these were in decent weather. if you want a better set of pics the original review is on my personal site here.

I'm not interested in a "yours is better than mine argument" - i only wanted to share the real benefits we've enjoyed.
Jeff


Thanks Jeff

I do know the places you are talking about and clearly the 6110 is a workable solution. It is great that convergence is finally bringing us some multi purpose pieces of kit. Thanks for sharing - reviews like yours are vastly better than what magazines give us, as they often do not relate to real world use.
I was genuinely concerned about the screen size. When I first read your review I thought how fantastic it is, but then realised the screen print was bigger than real life and felt I should share that realisation. I was not trying to argue the value of one above the other, but (as my arms are now not as long as my eyesight) drawing attention to the screen size. The bit about my iPAQ was that its the same size of screen as that shown in the article. Sorry if I caused any offence.
I'm fed up carrying my pda and also having to carry a mobile phone, and whenever I want to navigate, a bluetooth GPS receiver as well. It would be great to only need one item.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Nokia 6110 Navigator SCREEN SIZE Reply with quote

Fellwalker wrote:
I'm fed up carrying my pda and also having to carry a mobile phone, and whenever I want to navigate, a bluetooth GPS receiver as well. It would be great to only need one item.
Jim

There is alwasy the option of a PocketPC GPS Phone? That'd give you the larger screen in a converged device.
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