I was looking for specific infos about GPS software on a laptop (UMPC EeePC actually) and I've found most of the answers. It's really an awesome place! Thanks Marvin. (By the way, I'm Canadian, too, so it's nice to always have infos or exemples about Canadian contents in your reviews ).
Now I've some questions...
What about Google Maps as a GPS software navigator?
Its interface is very useful, its routing algorythm pretty good (with some peace of humour... "swim accross the Atlantic"... too bad they took it away), its road / satellite / relief view, it's Navteq powered and above all, its obvious integration with Google search.
The biggest and most up-to-date POI database don't you think?
But there are 2 problems:
- On handheld devices like PDA, the google maps version has a GPS option... but not in the regular version ! And we can't install handheld version to our laptop ! It's unfair !
Does anybody has a trick or something to bring GPS navigation to a PC / Laptop Google maps version ?
- On handheld version, there is no "cache" mode. So you need to be connected to internet all the time when using it.
If I manage to use it on a laptop, this problem will stay: it needs to be connected.
... and the problem here in Canada is that internet mobile access is not affordable !
I've tested connecting my cell phone as a modem to my laptop... a single route calculation and display took about 1 Mb of data. It's charged 5 cents a Kb. About 5 $ for 20 sec of use !!!
That leads to my 2 others questions:
- If I manage to use Google maps as a navigator, is there a way, a hack or something to use it on a "offline" mode ?
( I've read the post http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/288-pc-gps-software-south-east-asia
. It looks fine but the downloaded maps seem to be usable only with GemGlobal. I would like to have them locally to be able to use them with google map itself ).
- Does someone know a provider or a cell phone company which offers unlimited data or non-expensive package on a mobile internet access in Quebec province ?