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Old 02-20-2007, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This forum seems not to allow me to put that many pictures (around 40), so here is the link to the review page that I just uploaded. Sorry for the crude writing and non-existent design quality.

http://www.underskyonline.com/8800/

Note: There is no advertisement, spam or links of any kind.

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I am a little worried if I inaccurately stated the lack real-time turn-by-turn analysis/update feature. I didn't see it when I tested it while driving last night. I couldn't take pictures for obvious reason. But if I was wrong, or if someone had successfully used it turn-by-turn in real time like a consumer GPS does, please let us know. Thanks.

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Old 02-20-2007, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great stuff underskybb - sounds like GPS on the 8800 sux!

I'm guessing it would be infinately faster if the GPS wasn't internet based (it is internet based, right?).
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I didn't mean to give the verdict that GPS sux on BB...hmmm...now I understood how hard it is to be a reviewer >_<

I personally don't know if it's internet based, but since the load time was as long as google map, and there is the "download size" in option menu, I assume it is.

I personally don't expect a GPS to work any better than that on such a tiny machine, such a small screen, and with all other stuff running...

Let me just say it's an add-on feature, not a primary function of the phone. I would still buy it even if it didn't have GPS. In fact, I forgot it had GPS feature until few hours after I bought it.
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Telenav does a reasonable job with their implementation and it's definitely usable for turn-by-turn navigation. The voice is loud, clear and makes the announcements well before the turns. The screen also updates at a reasonable pace.

Not as good as any of my auto GPS receivers, but still not unusable.
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Telenav does a reasonable job with their implementation and it's definitely usable for turn-by-turn navigation. The voice is loud, clear and makes the announcements well before the turns. The screen also updates at a reasonable pace.

Not as good as any of my auto GPS receivers, but still not unusable.
Really? You mean I have a voice turn-by-turn direction in my blackberry? How do I initiate that?
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Really? You mean I have a voice turn-by-turn direction in my blackberry? How do I initiate that?
You have to subscribe to Telenav's product. Check out TeleNav - Always find your way!
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telenav does voice turn by turns great...bb maps does not have voice.
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the 8800 seem to stretch the photo vertically or the 8700 does it horizontally.

which one looks closer to the original?
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the 8800 seem to stretch the photo vertically or the 8700 does it horizontally.

which one looks closer to the original?
In term of color, 8800 is more original. But my 8700 is old, so the screen might gone dead?
In term of aspect ratio, the 8700 is more original. 8800 seems to compress the X axis a bit. By the way, by original I was comparing it to a MacBook 1280 width screen. Who can really decide what is the original anyway? They both look fine. To get technical we have to measure the precise Width to Height ratio. I don't have an engineer grade measuring device right now.

Edit: Keep in mind since 8800 is shallower, it is farther away from the lens. At such close distance, that little difference is very big and will effected by barrel distortion

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A couple of points - Great job on your review. Have you looked at my GPS page to see about Telenav and the others. I don't think this is the version of LBS meant for the 8800. As I have posted before, you need to have the country in to find the address. Stooped IMO. Thanks for the great info.
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A couple of points - Great job on your review. Have you looked at my GPS page to see about Telenav and the others. I don't think this is the version of LBS meant for the 8800. As I have posted before, you need to have the country in to find the address. Stooped IMO. Thanks for the great info.
Just checked out your page, very impressed! Thank you!
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Great and highly relavent post for me. I am about to throw down for the 8800 and it's great knowing that the gps works. Am in the car a lot and rarely need a full blown machine but this is perfect for me. Once in a while, when I get in a neighborhood that I don't know and is not a GRID, this is just the ticket.

Also, way to jump right in there. This site rules!
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