Navigation for Smartphones
Mobile phones are no longer what they once were, they can do so much more today. Smartphones are the new info terminals with complete access to the Internet, a snapshot camera, a Mp3 player and, of course, a navigation system, along with a GPS receiver. With the McGuider Europa 2009 , a fully functional onboard navigation system can be purchased for almost 70 Euros, which does not have to hide from a TomTom or a Garmin. On board means that the cards are stored on the mobile phone and do not need to be retrieved via the internet connection for the planned route.
The software comes on a 4 GB microSD card (including miniSD adapter and SD adapter) and is therefore universally applicable in every mobile phone and smartphone. A quick start guide is included, which you really do not really need to look at if you have ever used a TomTom or another navigation device.
McGuider Version number: 7.70
Cards Version No: 7.80
Memory space on the micro SD card: approx. 2GB
The installation on my Nokia N85 (Symbian operating system) was very easy. Insert the memory card into the mobile phone and wait a moment, it starts. If the Autostart does not work, you have to go to the directory of the card like in a PC or a Mac in the file manager of the Smartphone and start the installation manually. After confirming various terms and conditions and choosing whether the software is now to be installed on the memory card or on the smartphone, one is already finished. An assistant accompanies each of these steps, nothing can be done wrong.
The icons (2 x 3 per page) are simple, clearly structured and beautifully large so that the reading in the (standing) car does not become a pain. Who knows TomTom-Navis, feels almost like at home. But also the change from other Navis to McGuider is not particularly difficult, at the latest after the first guided ride you know how to do something. The necessary settings are quick and easy to access. If you want to make more detailed settings, you have to move down to the lower menu levels, but here, too, everything is clear and well structured. By means of a clearly defined Soft keys one comes back again and again a step back. Navigate the menus by pressing the four-way button on the Nokia N85, and you will get more from buywyncote.
The main menu consists of eleven icons distributed over two screens. The desired symbols can be selected using the four-way button on the N85 or via the keyboard. The main navigation icons are located on the first screen: “Go to”, “Map overview”, “Alternative route”, “Settings”, “Route” and “Planned route”. On the second screen, there are the following icons: “Modify POI”, “GPS Status”, “Save Position”, “Extras” and “Exit”.
The very comprehensive help menu is hidden under “Settings” on the third screen under “Help”. The functions and possibilities of the navigation system are explained here in sufficient detail.
The “Go To” menu can be used to name the destination address. The possibilities include the input of an address, an already defined favorite, the last destinations and various “point of interests” (POI). It is possible, according to POI, For example, a hotel, restaurant or parking nearby, around an address, POI at the destination or POI in a city of your choice. If a home address has already been defined, this can also be clicked on by direct selection. On the second screen of the “Drive To” menu, points on the map, a GPS position, but also the last valid position can be specified. For Geocacher, of course, it is also possible to specify the GPS position.
In the “Alternative route” menu point, an alternative route guidance can be selected as desired. It is also possible to avoid obstacles (such as the barrier of the motorway) by defining where they begin (alternatively, after 500 m up to 20 km). In addition, you can determine whether additional intermediate targets are to be targeted. Of course there is the possibility to resume the alternative routes and return to the original route.
In the “Route” menu item, there are various settings to display the route as a list, as a single image or on the map, so that each step can be followed. It is also possible to delete the route.
In the “Settings” menu item, you can choose between the bird’s eye view, the 3D view and the 2D view. In addition, the color design can be adjusted and the volume can be adjusted. Also the routing options (fast route, economic route, shortest route, only footpaths, only cycle paths) and other settings can be selected here. The possibilities of the selection are almost unlimited.
In the menu point “Extras” you can call world times, there is a pocket and unit calculator and there are country info about different countries. For example, the tempolimits are given on the various road types, the country code and the maximum permissible blood alcohol concentration.
The navigation itself is very pleasant. After entering the destination and after localization by means of GPS it can start. The map is displayed very smoothly in the 3D, 2D or bird view, the voice gives the necessary instructions in sufficient high volume in time. I used the navigation several times and tested it over a few hundred kilometers against a fixed navigation system in a BMW and a Mercedes. The map material was in my opinion in some places at McGuider more accurate, although in both the Mercedes and the BWM with a delivery date from the end of 2008 and/or early 2009 actually the latest map material would be expected.
The performance of the GPS receiver integrated in the N85 has never let me down, I had the mobile phone in the center console and could go despite the silent radio without the instructions. Only in tunnels and other areas, where GPS signals do not have any chance, could the fixed installations beat much better, but these are also networked with wheel sensors in the car and can thus better determine the position. Also, the fixed fixtures can of course receive traffic messages via eg TMC or TMC Pro, here McGuider can not keep up.
An absolute recommendation. Of course, the display on a smartphone is not as large or as easy to read as a fixed navigation device and the current TomToms or Garmins certainly have greater displys with a higher touch operating comfort, but for the house use and the route planning from time to time is the investment In McGuider with an existing smartphone certainly not the wrong choice. The settings are great, the navigation is possible all over Europe, no one needs to be hiding.