by Ronda on 6/29/2009
Can anyone tell me how to get the GPS to work? It will not pick up a satellite. And I cannot find anything that tells me if it is getting a signal or not. Maps work, but it never leaves the starting position. We were driving around for several hours (on bright sunny day) and it never did anything! Any suggestions??
THANKS! If I could get this to work my rating would be much higher -- GPS is the main thing I need! WiFi also kept losing the signal (in my house, where my laptops have no problem). I'd be willing to change the Nav software, but will that change the fact that it doesn't seem to be picking up a satellite?
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by EPC on 7/15/2009
I couldn't believe how much you get for such a low price. I'm really lucky i order this before it got sold out. I had purchased a Nokia N810 prior and was banging my head against the wall trying to figure out how to use it as a monitor for the IP camera I have in the baby's room. I returned the nokia and bought this instead. I winds up being the same price as the Nokia with the GPS subscription (yes, Nokia has the nerve to make you pay extra to use their GPS).
All in all, this unit is an incredible value at <300usd. I have the following uses for it:
+ house (VoIP) phone: Installed Gizmo5 on it and use it along with the HTPC as the house phone. When a call comes in, it rings (and can be picked up) on both the tablet and the TV.
+ Electronic Picture Frame: using "my pictures" screensaver
+ Baby monitor: installed my IP cam monitoring software on it
+ Internet Radio: Installed Winamp on it
+ GPS: Already comes with a very good GPS software, get a quick lock on satellites, has spoken street names, and the biggest screen i've seen on a GPS unit. Also, they don't try to pull any of that paid-subscription-to-use-the-GPS crap.
+ Good solid car mount once you clean the succion cup (See below)
Here are some deltas:
- Unit gets quite hot: Make sure not to lay it down flat. use the stylus as a leg stand or use it in the car mount.
- The car mount succion cup is problematic. It fell once, and you don't want this to keep falling and break your screen. I saw that the succion cup came with some strange gummy residue on it and this was probably preventing a good seal. I washed it and it's holding well so far, but this is something you'll want to keep an eye on.
- Battery life is a joke. You might get an hour if you're lucky. This isn't really a problem if you intend to use this unit plugged in all the time, and think of the battery more like a UPS that allows you to unplug it from your house and plug in to your car. When not being used as a baby monitor, we normally have this plugged in on an end table in the living room. To most people it'll look like an electronic picture frame. That is, until a call comes in and then it becomes a phone. Pretty fascinating. it's on a fairly central location in the house, so we can walk around all over with the bluetooth headset and still hear the call just fine. When plugged in on a semi-permanent location, just turn the battery switch to "off" so you don't fry the battery, that's all.
All in all , this is a great unit, especially given the price. You could easily pay over $300 each for a good GPS, a baby monitor, internet radio, VoIP wifi phone, and a portable media player. The biggest drawback is the poor battery life, but depending on how you're planning to use it, it could be a non-issue. Also, it has some memory and processing power limitations. It works well for my uses, but i wouln't play GTA-IV on it.
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