Originally Posted by Xander
So any GPS GODS out there?
No god here. But you should have asked at the HU meeting... I had both GPS and PDA there ..
Some comments -
The PDA screen washes out in bright sunlight (ok in UK then
... but not so good in Africa.
The GPS maps lacks detail in remoter places. That is fine out of larger cities. But the cheif advantange of the GPS is the map detail in large cities.
On the PDA I use oziexplorer. Rater maps are avalible for Afica (free off the web) and India - both of these are old military maps .. so lack city details and the updates. Not a great worry for navigation between cities.
Oh accuracy - 20 metres is fine for navigation on the bike. Wrong side of the canal or not - you will be able to get there ... and the extra distance is not so bad on the bike compared to walking. Just to put teh accuracy in perspective - teh 'world maps' typically have accuracys of 1 or 2 km .. they are a guide ... like looing a a map of the UK while navigating London.
For the GPS .. I use Garmin simply because that is teh one brand that had a 'world map' when I bought it. Since then I've learnt how to make my own maps for it .. so have a considerable investment in knowledge for it. There are now lots of resources open to me that maen i can make a Garmin GPS map for anywhere I can get a paper map of. And some places already have Garmin GPS maps ... you need to do some minor processing .. but they save a lot of work.
I find the GPS is a real blessing in cities .. guideing me to a place I want to get to. In the country side ... I don't mind doing some 'exploring' so being lost is not so much of a concern.
Regards Frank Warner
motorcycles BMW R80 G/S 1981, BMW K11LT 1993, BMW K75 G/S