Originally Posted by Sancas
. Mainly will be using it for is gps navigation for my car. I can only imagine what it would be like with all that light coming in from the windows in my car. Any thoughts on options? Anyone out there without xbright? Thanks.
My favorite setup is currently a PocketPC PDA ( the HP 2215 ) with a HAICOM HI-303s CF GPS. The programs I use include Intellinav 2004, and TomTom v2. I find the PDA far easier to handle in a mobile environment - entering destinations is a breeze using the PDA and they work extremely well. You can mount the PDA using a magnetic holder against the windscreen and never have to take your eyes off the road when you come to a complicated intersection. Without a visual check, choosing the correct branch is tricky with just voice navigation.
I've used my Sony S170P for road navigation too, using the integrated bluetooth ( Hint: get rid Sony's braindead Bluespace software and install WidComm's bluetooth software ) but find it very clumsy and awkward. Entering destinations and switching programs is difficult without a mouse, and unless you have another person use the notebook is next to impossible to operate and drive. You also have to glance down at the screen - to check directions, which is dangerous.
The only advantage to the PC is that you can load the entire USA worth of maps onto your hard drive. With the PocketPC you have enough SD space for maybe two or three states. However, most of the time you are driving within a state or two at the most so this is not a big issue. The level of detail in the maps is usually identical between the two platforms.