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Streetmap.co.uk do actually provide a mapping *application* for the SPV
called Pocket Streetmap. This program will download maps from the internet, using GPRS, and will store these locally on the device so that repeated visits and web connections are not necessary, eg try looking at a map when traveliing underground by tube :-)

The program can happily use any type of net connection, eg cradle to PC etc, so that larger areas of map data, eg city, can be downloaded where the cost of connection is not an issue. Maps can be stored both on the device memory and the data card.

Optionally, the program can use GPS receivers to track current position and provide other facilities related to position.

The program is currently is restricted beta (preparing for certification). Samples of the European map data ( London Soho ) can be seen by pointing the SPV internet web browser athttp://www.streetmap.co.uk/smarthpone/sample.gif


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Is it just me or does that URL not work?

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That rules! Would definitely be useful! :D

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Priced at only £ 169 .....
only......hhmpffff
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/smartphone/

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Priced at only £ 169 .....
only......hhmpffffhttp://www.streetmap.co.uk/smartphone/


That's the price for the phone - but still, yikes!!

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That looks like a good idea. I looked at the map on my SPV, and let's hope there's a zoom function :D.

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Just spoke to streetmap. Their software should be available in a few weeks for around £30 ish (for the full monty version) and a zoom will be available. They also talked about a GPS navigation addon for the phone and that various people are currently in the development stages for GPS hardware. exciting

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You also need to remember to untick the "Fit to Screen" option otherwise it's a bit pants!

I presume this doesn't override the HTML height and width attributes, so it could be set to not shrink it if this was an image in a web age, rather than an actual gif?

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Funny you should mention the GPS add-on as that is one of the thing I have in the wish list - I thought a SD card that gave a USB plug as you can get USB GPS recievers for pennies now a days.

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Funny you should mention the GPS add-on as that is one of the thing I have in the wish list - I thought a SD card that gave a USB plug as you can get USB GPS recievers for pennies now a days.


Mmmm ... and a little software connection to your SMS editor (bi-directional) so that you can paste your position - wonderful when e.g. notifying emergency services or trying to find another user, or display the position that someone has messaged to you ... how's that?

I was looking for my daughter on the Leeds festival site, we had a GPS each and it worked OK on voice, but could be so much easier.

And there are SMS receivers with SD card connectors around. Will somebody write the software ... please ...

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I dread to think of the battery-drain a GPS addon would cause to the already "average" battery life on the SPV.

My brother's Navman attached to his IPaq wastes the battery away. But GPS & Mobiles really should be a happy marriage.

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Free alternative? www.mapquest.com/pda/maps.adp

Found it on the Orange list of small sites thingy

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Only USA though :-(

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It works for France.. I can see my street !

Too bad http://www.viamichelin.com does not provide a PDA/SPV version of their site because you can find driving directions (street level).
If you try it with your SPV, you can't click on "OK" (it's a image button), so you can't use it.

They have an Imode version though.

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It works for France.. I can see my street !

Too bad http://www.viamichelin.com does not provide a PDA/SPV version of their site because you can find driving directions (street level).
If you try it with your SPV, you can't click on "OK" (it's a image button), so you can't use it.

They have an Imode version though.

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Works for me, entered my postcode and 'uk' in the country box.

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MapQuest maps work for UK addresses, it's just the directions that aren't available for anywhere outside the US and Canada.

Just enter "uk" in the country box.

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Mapquest does work - but you must leave a space in post code - search is less intuitive than some...

Better maps than mapquest - though higher bandwidth...

They also have a wap site...

http://www.multimap....gi?client=light

Shame about the ads...

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Had a look at mapquest and multimap:

Mapquest: :(
www.mapquest.com/pda/maps.adp
Form well dimensioned for SPV screen
Seems fairly slow to load (considering size etc)
Maps almost useless - hard to zoom to right place, and not enough detail on screen at once...

Multimap: :D
http://www.multimap....gi?client=light
Form awkward to use - better dimensioned for conventional pda rather than smartphone.
Seems much quicker to load (useable over GSM connection) esp considering the maps are 6 times the size:

But the clincher: The map is full OS - at a useable size (500*310) - and shows enough detail to navigate by.
street maps are clearly ledgible with names - and you can zoom on a particular location using crosshairs reasonably quickly...

I managed to enter my home post code - get a street map of my locality - zoom out to 1:50,000, then zoom back in on where I work ~ 3 miles away within 3 minutes... (and thats GSM not GPRS)

Paul - what do you think to a separate section for useful site reviews - maybe using separate topics for different types of site...

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