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New GPS Platforms - Witstech A81 Android with uBlox and 7" Screen
Posté le 24 novembre 2010 à 18:45:00 par gpspassion. EN - Hardware
Source : Gpspassion

Updated November 24th, 2010
I have been driving around the past few days with an Android Tablet with a 7" screen, the Witstech A81 (aka Nationate MIDnite) and enjoying it. While the screen is not quite of the "GPS grade", at least of the current PND models, and of course of the glass capacitive screens, it remains quite visible even in direct light.

Running the latest 2.2, aka Froyo, at $200 it's a good deal with the optional uBlox 5 GPS module for $15, if only for Google Maps Navigation (I use it with a tethered iPad) and also if you need a device to experiment with Android. You can use the [TOPIC] Witstech A81 Android Tablet with 7" screen topic in the new forums to discuss.

Updated January 28th, 2010 - The Tech world, and beyond, is abuzz with the launch of the Apple iPad yesterday. It's the iTouch's big brother with a 9.7" screen, 1024x768 resolution, multi-touch, etc...Let's wish it luck even though the concept isn't new, the BeIA based DTResearch pads for instance, or Microsoft's Mira in 2002...


Closer to us, the 3G version will include a GPS chipset, or rather a hosted GPS like on the Qualcomm solutions. The question is whether it will be viable as a GPS platform...probably not for "turn by turn" given its size, but who knows. You can use the [NEWS] Apple iPad and GPS Application topic of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums to discuss.

Updated March, 25th, 2009 - So far UMPCs hadn't been very compelling GPS Assisted Navigation platforms due to their size and weight, but this may change with devices like the Viliv S5 and its 4.8" touch screen. It still has much more power than our AIOs from Garmin or TomTom thanks to...

... its Intel Atom 1.33GHz CPU, 1Gb RAM, full WinXP interface, WSVGA resolution (1024x600), SiRFstarIII GPS chipset, not to mention Bluetooth and WiFI and the good news is that navigation software also appears to be coming into its own on WinXP with the latest version of Streedeck for instance. You can use the Viliv S5 with Streetdeck : Future of GPS ? of the "GPS and Mobile News" forums to discuss.

Updated December 14th, 2006 - Yet another GPS enabled mobile platform with the arrival of the first UMPC (ex-Origami) device with a built-in GPS receiver. While it's easy enough to add a Bluetooth GPS, most of us who've used PDAs or PDAPhones with a built-in GPS it's hard to go back to carrying a separate device. Over the past few days I put the R2H to the GPS test, running tools such as...

... SiRFdemo, mapping programs with navigation (Autoroute 2007) and pure navigation programs (Intellinav/iGuidance v3). You will find pictures and comments in the UMPC GPS - ASUS R2H - Reviewed topic in the newly renamed "Laptop and UMPC Road Navigation" section of the forums.

Updated April 22nd, 2005 - We're still keeping an eye on the future platforms for GPS assisted navigation, so thanks to impreza76 for pointing out the new Microsoft "Hybrid Tablet PC/eBook" concept as well as the return of the Toshiba Libretto 100CT in this discussion thread of the forums...


Posted 01/03 - The new year is off to quite an exciting start in terms of new mobile platforms. First in line is the OQO that was long feared to be "vaporware", a fully featured diminutive portable computer running WindowsXP. Site member "weiqj" put his to the GPS test with iNav and an RBT-1000 Bluetooth GPS and was impressed ! Pictures and comments in this discussion thread. Next in line is the QTEK S100 PDA Phone, aptly code named "Magician", with its cell phone size and full PockePC features. We've put a summary thread (links to reviews, forums, GPS testing) about it in this thread...

Notably with two devices particularly well adapted to GPS use, the OQO and the Qtek S100 (XDA II mini) that you can see side by side on and by clicking on "comments" below.

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