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[aprssig] Messaging on the NUVI GPS

Jeff N0JUH jefflists08 at corrt.com
Wed Sep 3 03:47:51 UTC 2008


> 
> And as for the nuvi, the alternative would be to go with a small touch 
> screen PC, which isn't cheap, and you'd have a hard time getting it to 
> match the nuvi for plain old navigation use.
> 

I'm not knocking the Nuvi approach - I think it's a brilliant adaptation 
of existing technology.  But it's a dead end if you need anything except 
its fixed feature set.

I picked up a Nokia 770 on ebay for $70.  Very powerful linux-based 
system.  Could run an xastir-size program with no problems. Has a nice 
GIS-enabled google-maps type of app (MaemoMapper using open streets.) 
Has touch screen, usb and bluetooth.

You can pick up an older tablet pc for $300-$400. Some people pay that 
much for a dedicated APRS device.

I guess I need to get off my rear and develop the killer "mobile 
software APRS on commodity hardware" app :)

   --Jeff n0juh




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