I'm not a big fan of car mounted GPS devices. I find them cool but I really don't see why average Janez (~ Joe, but from Slovenia) would need one. But I really like Bluetooth GPS devices you can connect to your laptop, PDA or even phone. So I got myself one!
I was investigating who has in my sailing crew had a big and expensive phone I could stick mapping software onto I found that you don't need a state of the art phone at all for task like that. There is a lot of cool software for regular old Java enabled GPS phones that do the trick!
Here is the list of what I found...
I didn't know that Google Maps are actually available on Java phones! Docs say you can connect to GPS, there is even a pictures of Bluetooth device I have, but only for Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and N95.
Luckily there is free GMaps that connect to GPS and display Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Windows Live maps and more. Amazing piece of software that is still actively developed and every couple of days there is something new.
Another Google Maps browser. It integrates with Flickr.
This is probably the best offline map browser. This means you should preload your maps and not use expensive bandwidth. There is little more work to be done as you should prepare your maps, but once you have them it's totally free and very fast.
It can do navigation, location tracking, map display and route plotting. Check out this amazing screenshot and remember - it's just a regular Java phone you need!
I found more software, but I didn't test all of them...
If you'll dive into offline mapping here is short list of software you will need to easily create maps for TrekBuddy:
Any has any experience with this?
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