This review, like my other software reviews, will focus mainly on a discussion
of what I see as the
strengths and weaknesses of this program based on my (growing) experience
with PocketPC Navigation programs.
Hopefully, this will help readers to see what sets a product aside from the competition, in good
- 1.7.2a SiRF Only
- 1.7.2b NMEA
- 1.80 - This was distributed with the Navman sleeve
but I think it might be a "leaked" Beta...
- 2.03 - This was tested under a beta program, at least in the
UK - Read Graeme's impressions
here and see screenshots
- 2.06 - Destinator's Presentation is
here. Main difference with v1.7 is the addition of a 3D navigation mode.
While it is possible to use the current versions of Destinator
in NMEA mode it will perform VERY poorly. This has more or less been
acknowledged by Destinator but they seem to blame it on the hardware (see the
warning on their website about using a Navman) rather than the protocol.
Several users have been able to see for themselves
here that switching their (SiRF)
GPS receivers between from NMEA to SiRF made a HUGE difference !
Position updates will be not be regular and
will sometimes "hang" for near to a minute,
The routing engine will often "hang" when a
turn is coming up
Successive turns are not announced timely
Re-routing will be less efficient
Destinator uses maps provided by
Navtech. This company has the reputation of providing the most accurate maps
and they are used in most high-end navigation systems. While Navtech
provides quarterly updates to its licensees, Destinator has not yet
integrated any significant updates since it was first launched in 2001. It
is expected that such an update will be rolled out in the fall.
Q&A - (excepts
from various threads at PocketPC Passion)
From this discussion
at PocketPC Passion:
"...One thing you need to understand is
that Destinator only lets you open one map at a time. On average there are 1/2
street level maps per state depending on the size/density of the state.
I think they only allow one map to be open for memory optimization reasons.
They seem to have this very efficient compression/decompression scheme that
would be hard to implement with several maps.
Having said that:
For Destinator, if I was planning a trip across states (and multiple map
1) Can I do that with the more detailed maps, instead of the highway map?
Not if your trip requires several maps
2) Can some sections of my trip use the detailed maps, and other the
highway maps? for example, I may want the detailed maps of my start/stop
states, but not the middle ones where I am just passing through
No but you can load/unload maps as you please. Each maps keeps a history of
destinations so you can recall them easily
3) - Can I plan a multiple state trip directly on the PDA, or do I need to
use the PC? I can see on a long trip I would not bring the pc. But sometime
during the trip I may want to change the route, new destination, etc.
yes with the "highway map" and that's the only program that lets you do that
AFAIK, CoPilot would require a laptop to create the route I believe.
4) - if I plan a trip, can I plan it from my current location as indicated
in the GPS? Or do I have to give it specific start/stop points?
Either is possible. Remember that you can't specify intermediate stops though
5) - If I get the Destinator package (software & hardware), and later get a
CF based GPS receiver, can I still use the Destinator software with it, or
does it only work with their receivers?
Good question, if you get a SiRF based received (see
under hardware for details) than you could certainly. I think Destinator sell
the SiRF only version of their software with the bundle so NMEA wouldn't be an
option. Destinator performs poorly in NMEA so you wouldn't be losing much..."
Overall evaluation (compare)
|Short distance in town:
|Medium (<200 miles) distance:
if map crossing necessary)|
|Long (>200 miles) distance: