[maemo-users] Wayfinder Navigator vs Garmin

From: Mark wolfmane at gmail.com
Date: Tue Jun 24 19:05:42 EEST 2008
On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 8:27 AM, John Holmblad
<jholmblad at acadiasecurenets.com> wrote:
> All,
> recently I obtained a Garmin nuvi 200w GPS^1,2   and I was surprised
> (actually floored) by how easy it is to use and how accurate are the
> maps and points of interest. This leads me to wonder how the quality of
> this Garmin product compares with that of the Wayfinder Navigator^3
> software when used on the N810 with its built in GPS receiver. Does
> anyone here have any experience with this software on the N810? And if
> so, what are your impressions?

*Any* Garmin unit is a thousand times better than the built-in
Wayfinder app. My StreetPilot 2710 is ancient (and huge) by GPS
standards, but is far more powerful, user-friendly and accurate than
the Wayfinder Map application. It doesn't have the "3d" view, but in
every other way is better. Even though the map data in my 2710 is at
least 5 years old, it's still more comprehensive and accurate than
Map. Probably *any* standalone GPS navigator is several steps up from
Map. Also, there seems to be a lot more lag time on the tablet app, so
you may already be past your turn when it appears on screen that
you're just approaching. Not that much of a problem in rural
limited-access highways, but it can be a real problem in cities.

If you're walking or bicycling, Wayfinder Map is probably fine.

The one advantage of the Wayfinder app is that it has a database of
WiFi hotspots.

I have an N800 with external bluetooth receiver, but the application
itself is identical as that in the N810, and I doubt the hardware
differences have any impact on usage of the app.


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