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Old 12-02-2007, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a pretty nice GPS system in my car so I really don't have too much use for the BB-based software. Last night, however, I decided to let Telenav take me to my destination. First, I have to say that I'm impressed by the sophistication compared to my full-blown system.

I did, however, have a number of problems. My 8310 usually runs with about 16-17MB free memory. I had Telenav running along with my Bluetooth, visor-mounted, speakerphone. The first thing I noticed was that after the first voice-dialed phone call I made, Voice Signal locked up. When I tried to place a second call, the screen hung at "initializing."

I bailed out of the VoiceSignal screen but found my phone slow, almost to the point of unresponsive. It was a nightmare just trying to get to the call history list just to place a phone call.

I rebooted the phone and got everything started again but found that with Telenav, headset (speakerphone) and phone calls going -- it was sort of a nightmare.

I've searched the forums and haven't seen anyone else complain about this so I'm asking the old question, "is it me?" The software's great but if it's eating up enough resources to make conventional use of the phone difficult, it won't be very practical for me.
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Knock on wood, I haven't had any issues. Normally my kids call me a couple times on the way home and Telenav is always running. It seems to pick up right where it left off with no issues.
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Thanks for the reply. Actually, I had no problem with incoming calls. Like you, I could answer and resume where I left off.

My problems came in trying to perform other operations on the phone, beginning with voice dialing. As I said, Voicesignal worked the first time but then began to hang. Pressing other buttons on the phone (the send button, etc.) were painfully sluggish, if they worked at all.
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Are you certain you had 16-17Mb of memory when you started TeleNav? This sounds like it was running out of memory. The sluggishness was the device using its memory cleaner to free up memory.
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Are you certain you had 16-17Mb of memory when you started TeleNav? This sounds like it was running out of memory. The sluggishness was the device using its memory cleaner to free up memory.
John, yes it does sound like a memory issue which is why I mentioned it. Honestly, I didn't check the memory just before starting Telenav although I've never seen my memory go too much below what I posted.

Right now, I'm going to try MapQuest Navigator and see what happens. My 30-day Telenav trial is up. We'll see what happens. Though I don't need these programs, they're kind of fun to have. If I don't like Navigator, I'll give TN another try.
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I re-upped on Telenav for a month to check this out further. Bluetooth or not, Voicedialing simply continues to fail when Telenav is in "navigation" (meaning turn by turn directions) mode.

I checked and had more than 17MB memory free. I can get VoiceSignal to launch but it simply doesn't recognize my commands and just sits there. If I bail out of "nav mode" on Telenav, it works again.

I tried this with another BT headset other than the one I first had problems with. I also turned off the BT headset and tried activating Voicesignal directly from the 8310.

I can't believe this is just happening on my phone. I believe something about the way Telenav takes over the speaker function is interfering with voicedialing. Just a guess, however.
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Just to chime in with some (possibly related) Telenav squirreliness... I was running TN last evening (I use a Bluetooth puck) and at some point initiated a phone call (not voice dial) using a bluetooth headset.

The BB lost partnership with the GPS (no biggie, just reinitiated after the call) but it seems re-starting or interrupting Telenav also nuked the speaker altogether in terms of voice commands, ringer and alarm sounds (until I reset). I checked memory before resetting and still had more than adequate amounts.

Long story short, Telenav probably had to do some tricks to grab the speaker function, and it appears not to always play well with other programs or at the least adds some instability to the mix.

This is the one problem I have with relying on my phone for GPS nav... the transition between the two functions is notoriously kludgy.

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