GPS in India?
d.real.napster
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#1
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GPS in India?

Hello,

I couldn't find the right sub forum to post this and hence I landed in Chai and chat.
I wish to buy a GPS and wanted to use it in India. I know google maps is a good resource, but I have grown above it.

Could anyone let me know the experience of which GPS to get. I can get it from US as well, as well as from here.

I have heard Garmin as one of the good brands for GPS, but never used any.

Thanks:D:D

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#2
| Maha Guru Member
check out mapmyindia and a thread started on this topic (at the bottom of this post)..
#3
| Senior Member

Re: GPS in India?

Thanks.
I have seen the threads.... They look like a little old though...

I also saw mapmyindia but it seems like an expensive solution to begin with.. :D
#4
| Loud Noisy Bird
I know google maps is a good resource, but I have grown above it.


So, what is it you want from GPS, and in what ways is Google Maps not satisfactory to you?

People need to know your requirements before they can make recommendations.

There are better places to put this (Maps, electronics...) and perhaps the mods will move.

I have seen the threads.... They look like a little old though...


I doubt that GPS has changed much.

I also saw mapmyindia but it seems like an expensive solution to begin with..


I can't comment about their hardware or its prices. I haven't looked at that at all for a long time. I'd expect Garmin and other international-brand equipment to be more expensive.

I would have thought, though, that if you already own the hardware, it is not expensive. If you have google maps, then you do already own the hardware. Unless you really need bigger screens then I can't see any point at all in buying GPS hardware other than the one you already have in your pocket.

There are a number of GPS/navigation apps available for Android. Please see Google, and give some a try. Some are commercial, some are free. I use Sygic. Sygic uses the MapMyIndia maps and data for India. My reason for using Sygic (and my reason for not using Google Maps) is to have off-line maps; I do not keep a data connection running on my phone. Sygic is not free, but I do not consider it expensive, and they seem to have very regular sale-price offers.
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#5
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It depends also on what kind of navigation you want. If you are trekking that calls for a different approach than if you are looking for rambling through South Delhi looking for D 06 in GH I. My phone apps were defeated by that challenge. Persistence played a critical role in getting me my best interview of the trip. If you are going to be in Delhi for some length of time (Delhi is like London) I would go for a car model like what mapmyindia has. Wonder if they would sell me an Indian map set for my car navigator? Whether it will give turn by turn is another thing, turn right at the third shack, etc. I don't know. Mapmyindia is near my "base" in Delhi I think beyond Jamia..
#6
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: edwardseco View Post

... turn right at the third shack, etc. ...


You need proper addresses and landmarks, such as above 'Ravishing Beauty Parlour'
#7
| Loud Noisy Bird
if you are looking for rambling through South Delhi looking for D 06 in GH I. My phone apps were defeated by that challenge.


If you do the homework first most things are possible.

A friend of mine was most impressed that, using Sygic/MapMyIndia, I drew up at the very door of a small village temple in a little place the other side of Mahabalipuram. Whilst I couldn't "dial it in," a bit of work with google maps/satellite on the big PC screen to locate the place came first, then noting the names and patterns of nearby streets, then transposing to the phone was easy. It would not have been any easier on a box marked "MapMyIndia," or "Garmin," and, give or take a software quirk, would have worked exactly the same.

But would I take a boat across the English Channel with it? Ha-ha, I bet people do. The coastguards on both sides have big books full of the names of rescued people who tried to do it with a European road map which just shows a blue bit between England and France. I don't think there are any marine navigation apps (Hmmm, must have a look) for Android, and they wouldn't be free, as the world's chart makers are too keen to monetise their data.

I'd use it --- for position finding and checking. It is, iirc, not that easy to get actual lat/long co-ordinates out of Sygic (they are in there some where) but something like GPS Essentials will do it, and a little app called GPS Test Plus will do it nicely without any pretence to detailed mapping.

I see no reason why an Android phone or tablet can't take you, or at least help you to get, absolutely anywhere, but there are lots of places where it will not replace maps, charts, and other methods of navigation.
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#8
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Re: GPS in India?

Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post


I see no reason why an Android phone or tablet can't take you, or at least help you to get, absolutely anywhere, but there are lots of places where it will not replace maps, charts, and other methods of navigation.

Aha. You compel me to go off topic on nostalgia :). AAEI that is Automobile association of eastern India used to publish excellent road maps of India. I bought the last version about four years back. They were so updated !!! Navigation through that thick volume was such a joy in itself. Ah... A different time :)
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Somnath
#9
| Maha Guru Member
I love maps! I bought one for Delhi that is priceless for some parts of south Delhi and is the size of a coffee table book..

I have map etc & Sygic so I'll play with it a bit. I was so close to the map... site and just ran out of time to go over and have them show me.
Thanks Nick, I'll try it..

Ah dear old Grand Road. #8 Bajirao Rasta near the telephone exchange, Pune.
#10
| Maha Guru Member
That must be the 'Eicher Delhi city map'. It was a class act.
#11
| Loud Noisy Bird
The Eicher maps are still available. It was the Eicher map that taught me my way around Chennai. In the first place, it freed me from the demands of auto drivers, because I knew before starting how long the journey was going to be. I still have two copies of the latest edition, one in the house and one in the car, but I don't use them as much as their electronic successors.
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#12
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Originally posted by: d.real.napster View Post

Hello,

I couldn't find the right sub forum to post this and hence I landed in Chai and chat.
I wish to buy a GPS and wanted to use it in India. I know google maps is a good resource, but I have grown above it.

Could anyone let me know the experience of which GPS to get. I can get it from US as well, as well as from here.

I have heard Garmin as one of the good brands for GPS, but never used any.

Thanks:D:D

1. I have personally used various Garmin models as Etrex 10,30: 76 Csx and latest OREGON 650.
Personally I found Oregon 650 best because of its size and touch screen.
2. I am agree with you that GPS are some thing different from Google Maps.

There are many supplier in Delhi and Mumbai.

Hope this help.
Savage Garden
#13
| Loud Noisy Bird
I am agree with you that GPS are some thing different from Google Maps.


Can you specify how?

Google Maps is but one mapping/GPS piece of software (app). It relies, for position finding and navigation, on the underlying hardware of the phone or tablet. That is GPS.

Functionality or ease of use may differ with different boxes. I'm interested to know why you prefer Garmin etc? Also, what kind of navigation you do with it? road base? or off-road?
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#14
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Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Can you specify how?

Google Maps is but one mapping/GPS piece of software (app). It relies, for position finding and navigation, on the underlying hardware of the phone or tablet. That is GPS.

Functionality or ease of use may differ with different boxes. I'm interested to know why you prefer Garmin etc? Also, what kind of navigation you do with it? road base? or off-road?


In my opinion for off Road navigation GPS are more useful.
1. Suppose you are trekking in a area where you have Survey of India Toposheet as map. Now if you want to mark your position on that toposheet you have have to convert GPS coordinate from WGS datum to India Bangladesh datum, which can be easily done in a GPS.
2. Garmin GPS are more Precise, having accuracy of in range 5-6 meter.
3. The other option available in GPS as "go to" where it shows direction in angle and distance in meter are more useful in off road navigation.
Savage Garden
#15
| Loud Noisy Bird
Thanks, Savage Garden.

Just picking hairs on the name of the technology, it is still "GPS," whether it is on a Garmin unit, an Android phone, an Apple phone, or even some specialised charts-on-a-cartridge boat navigation system.

However, different forms of navigation have different demands, and different methods of expressing position must be a key factor. Google/Sygic/MapMyIndia/TomTom/etc are very much street orientated. Yes, it will show your position, on a blank screen, in an unmapped area of no streets, but that is of limited use for sailing/trekking/etc. As I mentioned, even getting a LAT/LONG position from Sygic is not straightforward, whereas a marine-oriented device would always show that as the prime positional information. National survey positions is another kettle of soup altogether: how do you do that for different countries on one box? does it come with the map data?
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