Garmin-PC, Navigator11-FREE and Odyssey Navigator Comparison.
I started to talk about Garmin and Odyssey in the last two updates on my Work-log starting with the first of the two updates here ->
My Worklog Post #130
I also found MapFactor Navigator11 – Free which is an OpenStreetMaps based free turn-by-turn GPS navigation system for Windows and Windows Mobile devices. http://navigatorfree.mapfactor.com/en/
Maps are from http://www.openstreetmap.org/ and there are maps for many countries including Australia. I also found free maps for Garmin based on the same source.
I have Garmin-PC SW and a Garmin x20 GPS mouse, the Maps are locked to the X20 Mouse and as it’s a HW device, its registered on the Garmin site and I can update maps at anytime, just like a standard Garmin GPS. I can run the Garmin-PC software on any PC I like.
I’ve used this for almost two years and it’s great. I solved all HW-SW issues that I had (lot of people have) with the final SW release prior to it being discontinued.
I now have another small USB GPS mouse that shows as a Com port and works with most GPS applications. This means I don’t have to run any GPS gate software to convert the Garmin Mouse to standard format and a com port. So Garmin-PC has its own GPS receiver and other backup GPS apps have this new GPS mouse. That takes care of the problem with either Mouse failing in the middle of nowhere. Garmin GPS is mounted underneath the Honda’s removable panel located in the top centre of the dash and about 4 inches back from the base of the windscreen. The 2nd GPS mouse is mounted underneath the Rear Centre stop light housing and is 6” from the base of the rear windscreen. Both get a good sat-fix inside my low 18ft x 18ft steel carport even when backed up to the “closed” aluminium panel lift door.
The FE shows a select menu when the GPS Button is double clicked, this allows me to swap GPS applications on the fly with the touch of a button.
Now it’s on to my attempts at trying to compare them.
Now itís on to my ongoing attempts to compare them.
First, the obvious big differences:
Garmin does not have and OSK (mine does but I had to code one into the FE for it)
Odyssey and Navigator free both have an OSK (on screen keyboard.) Odyssey has IMHO the best OSK, it’s really nice to use and the OSK interface to the application search if so easy.
IMHO again, Odyssey is the easiest program to use on a small screen, Garmin next then Navigator11, Nav11 feels awkward and in some cases frustrating to use. I think Odyssey edges out Garmin with its turn previews and clean layout. It’s definitely the choice for inputting a new address and changing or adding to the route quickly.
Picture of a location at a close zoom level. Zoom levels are finer on Garmin and it’s hard to match each GPS app as they skip to different views but here goes. (Garmin set to least detail).