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    Default Chinese Win CE GPS's and Garmin maps - Good idea?

    I love my garmin nuvis and maps, but with topos and other Garmin maps their performance is a bit slow. You can find the generic Chinese CE devices 6 and 7" GPS's for a bit over $100 with ~500Mhz processors. They are often discussed with Igo software (installed or to be installed), but I have many Garmin maps that are excellent.

    Looking around it appears possible to port Garmin maps over, but not at all clear how to or if all the features would work. Web searches seem to reveal a fair amount of speculation or vague comments related to the topic. I would expect traffic would not work, but would the map features routing, etc work and would it be faster than the current generation nuvis?
    1. Is it possible, and where would one look to find any tutorials or clear discussions - how to install/configure garmin maps on a windows ce device?
    2. Would they be expected to perform faster than the nuvis (garmin never talks processor speed)?
    3. Besides shiny screens, what are the pros and cons of these devices?
    4. Is anyone aware if any of these pick up the russian satellites in addition?

    They seem like an attractive toy to try, but where to start? Some Euro models even pick up digital TV...They have video inputs for backup cams, etc....

    Thx

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    Oh, God
    1 - maps are something other than the navigation software!
    2 - iGO also uses the same maps as Garmin, Navteq maps thus
    3 - for iGO advantage is that use other maps from other providers (TeleAtlas (TomTom), local provider, etc.), Garmin rarely
    4 - travels frequently throughout the EU, and using at least two navigation (with iGO and Garmin and Sygic) iGOMyWay (iGOprimo) is the best in the calculation and the best guides and displays in the cockpit and all alerts the driver. This often makes even the Garmin, but not for the US / EU units.
    5 - China are really rubbish, iGOprimo works, but weaker, use prefer iGO8 or Amigo, those needs less hardware demands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rik70 View Post
    Oh, God
    1 - maps are something other than the navigation software!
    2 - iGO also uses the same maps as Garmin, Navteq maps thus
    3 - for iGO advantage is that use other maps from other providers (TeleAtlas (TomTom), local provider, etc.), Garmin rarely
    4 - travels frequently throughout the EU, and using at least two navigation (with iGO and Garmin and Sygic) iGOMyWay (iGOprimo) is the best in the calculation and the best guides and displays in the cockpit and all alerts the driver. This often makes even the Garmin, but not for the US / EU units.
    5 - China are really rubbish, iGOprimo works, but weaker, use prefer iGO8 or Amigo, those needs less hardware demands.
    Appreciate the response. It sounds like your advice for roads is to use iGO8. I use topographic maps extensively for offroad use. Mexico for instance is covered by bici and cartografia (Mexican cartographers) very well for Garmin only......I am not aware of such maps made for iGO. So there are still the questions of the original post.
    Also you commented about China rubbish. Is it that the hardware does not work, locks up, or? These are basically tablets, and most tablets/computers in the world are manufactured in China......I am interested in if the GPS navigation devices using CE are an option.
    Thanks
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    Brand manufactures which gives their products assembled / made ​​in China is different from a Chinese manufacturer. He does not have and does not so much investment in developing, is a plagiarist. Not developed service and often save their own parts, not configuration management, it is manufactured only "make it work." Maybe you will work well or not ... only time will tell ...
    The topographic map I have no experience, sorry. I suppose, the principle is the same, work iGo navigation software with Navteq maps is the best solution, but perhaps in this Garmin is number one, produce a lot of tourist navigation (and probably should remain only in doing so).

    PS: Garmin me angry for the differences, it is not democratic and very restrictive. EU / US models are much depleted than Asia.
    Garmin devices have the major limitations in using any add-ons such as 3D terrain, viewing and sorting POI, assistance for drivers as are exits, junction view, line Assist, drivers alert, etc. is bound to the type of device.
    In other producers navigation (iGO, Sygic ...) you have, or you can use always the same, many things and the difference is only in the license, but you can use all the device without any restrictions.
    Garmin bought the company Navigon, so the situation can be improved. Btw the Navigon device is used iGO modified.
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    I now better understand your original comments. You are right about generic China manufacturer, and the firmware support, etc. I do like Garmin performance in North America for my use (except they are slow, or have very small screens), but don't have experience otherwise. I had tried Tom Tom some time back and found it friendly but without the map support Garmin has. It is good there is strong competition out there. That will only make things better.
    Garmin, like a number of large companies are in it for the money, and if they can control the market, they expect profits......hmmmm..sounds like Apple .....
    As I stated I am stuck with certain topographic maps, and if I could display them on faster devices it would help. Using them on a Windows laptop is great (but no gps on laptop). So the logical extension of that appeared to be these generic tablets with CE. The biggest complaint is the resolution, so if one zooms out on the topographics you lose the detail....it makes it difficult to map a path any distance due to the inability to "look ahead". Again, laptops using the software make that easy. The China devices have much higher resolution screens...so....
    I will continue to look, and if anyone has comments to the original question on emulating the software on these devices it would be welcome.

    Thx for the thoughts rik70!

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    I managed in a Chinese winCE 5.0 with the help of some scripts...

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    hi
    plse help.i need activation code.device code=x025019e2

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    this is bad idea.

 

 

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