?
Solved

replacing old GPS

Posted on 2011-02-14
6
Medium Priority
?
433 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
i have a gps from 2005- more bulky than the recent ones i see..

do you recommend switching to the newer thin ones, for any reason other than they are saving space.. is there more technology in the consumer gps in the recent years?

thanks
0
Comment
Question by:anushahanna
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 31

Accepted Solution

by:
Frosty555 earned 1332 total points
ID: 34890560
Do you mean a navigation system e.g. TomTom, or do you mean a standalone GPS unit such as a bluetooth or USB connected GPS that connects to a computer / mobile phone?

If it's a navigation system, the main reason for upgrading would be superior maps and navigation ability, and a nicer interface. The GPS will likely be pretty much the same.

For a standalone GPS unit, newer GPS devices may be able to lock on to satellites faster (initiate a "warm start" which can lock on within 5 seconds in some cases), and if you have an extremely old GPS right now it might have a limit to how many satellites it simultaneously locks on to (e.g. only 3 or 5) which can reduce the accuracy.

All in all though, for driving I don't think you'll notice much of a difference. If you aren't having problems with your existing GPS I don't see a reason to update it.
0
 
LVL 31

Assisted Solution

by:Frosty555
Frosty555 earned 1332 total points
ID: 34890590
Oh forgot to mention - some newer navigation systems have some fancy features, e.g.:

     - Traffic / weather monitoring and re-routing around construction zones using a data plan
     - Built in magnometer (compass) to determine direction
     - Over-speeding alerts and warnings (detecting speed zones for the road you're on)
     - More updated points-of-interest, or dynamic online searching of points of interest

But none of this has anything to do with the GPS part of the unit, it's just the software and user interface
0
 
LVL 8

Assisted Solution

by:moonie42
moonie42 earned 668 total points
ID: 34890596
The primary advantages asides from the smaller form factor include:
-possibility for newer GPS chip set (i.e. SiRF II to SiRF III)
     Newer GPS chip sets offer faster satellite acquisition, and better signal reception
     and potentially higher levels of accuracy.
-possibility for improved battery performance
-increased storage (more on board, support for SDHC)
-ability for add-ons (add additional vehicle icons, games, music, etc.)
-ability to add real-time traffic services (varies with model)

Personally, I really like the Garmin Nuvi series.
0
What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

 
LVL 6

Author Comment

by:anushahanna
ID: 34890603
i meant something like TomTom. (plug into the charger)

by superior maps- do you mean higher resolution? and also is it faster in the newer tomtom's to connect to the satellites ?
0
 
LVL 6

Author Comment

by:anushahanna
ID: 34890846
thanks for the new features.. helps to decide now..
0
 
LVL 31

Expert Comment

by:Frosty555
ID: 34892734
>>by superior maps- do you mean higher resolution? and also is it faster in the newer tomtom's to connect to the satellites ?

Not really higher resolution, but just more recent and updated with more information about the streets (e.g. speed limits, one way roads, special circumstances etc.). Also some navigation devices have more information about the surrounding landmarks like surrounding buildings, some of them have 3D projections of the buildings which can make navigating a bit easier.

As far as acquisition times go I can't really say. There might be a small difference but like I said I don't think it would be a very big difference - on average it takes my TomTom about 15-20 seconds to get a GPS lock.
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Finding a job can be stressful - searches, resume tweaks, and networking events can be super boring. Luckily we're here to help you land your dream job!
Digital marketing agencies have encountered both the opportunities and difficulties that emerge from working with a wide-ranging organizations.
Articles on a wide range of technology and professional topics are available on Experts Exchange. These resources are written by members, for members, and can be written about any topic you feel passionate about. Learn how to best write an article t…
Where to go on the main page to find the job listings. How to apply to a job that you are interested in from the list that is featured on our Careers page.
Suggested Courses

765 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question