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    At 18990 it does sound pricey, but the things it has to offer are pretty good. I'm saving up for this. Would be good to use it instead of the Nokia maps from mobile anytime...

    Looks like things are changing in India pretty soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by satyenpoojary View Post
    If the pic shown by Monty is correct, then how do they intend to plonk it on a bike....
    Atleast a RAM mount would have been good.... I have been hunting for a cheap RAM mount (locally) for ages now!
    I saw this in the Auto Expo, and they'd mounted it on a RE TBTS.

    My impressions, screen wasn't large enough to warrant proper viewing. If that wasn't enough, the fonts were kind of small, although I think that can be increased. A big drawback is : You CANNOT operate the GPS with a gloved hand. The screen is capacitive, and the hardware buttons are kind of small (for me at least). But the touch screen being a capacitive one is a big boo-boo on the part of mapmyindia. I stopped using my iPhone on rides just because I found removing the gloves (therefore warranting a stoppage or at least a slow down) to be too cumbersome.

    As for the pros, the menu was fast and the signal lock on was quick (despite being inside a tented pavilion). It seemed to have enough POS' for an Indian GPS unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rossiter View Post
    I saw this in the Auto Expo, and they'd mounted it on a RE TBTS.

    My impressions, screen wasn't large enough to warrant proper viewing. If that wasn't enough, the fonts were kind of small, although I think that can be increased. A big drawback is : You CANNOT operate the GPS with a gloved hand. The screen is capacitive, and the hardware buttons are kind of small (for me at least). But the touch screen being a capacitive one is a big boo-boo on the part of mapmyindia. I stopped using my iPhone on rides just because I found removing the gloves (therefore warranting a stoppage or at least a slow down) to be too cumbersome.

    As for the pros, the menu was fast and the signal lock on was quick (despite being inside a tented pavilion). It seemed to have enough POS' for an Indian GPS unit.
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    If it is what it says it is.. then the maps on the Trailblazer are much more detailed than on the cellphone maps. I have been using MMI on my WinMo cellphones for 2 yrs now(seen 3 versions in this time). The latest one I have has 410 cities i think. So, with 620 cities, it has much more info. Though the 2GB memory is quite less. We could report the capacitive touch problem to MMI and they could make/source a resistive touch alternative. Anyways, the functionality though quite good, at 19k is quite steep right now. It is bound to get cheaper in a few months, till then, i am content with my MMI on TYTN II / Google Maps on HTC Dream.
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    Audio is good, but why Video?? Won't it be a distraction??

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    As it is there is only 2GB onboard memory.. how much video can you possibly transfer in 2 GB, videos that you would actually want to watch on a bike trip. It, i think is maily for previewing videos/photos that you click from cameras along the trip. Not for watching on the move.
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    though costly I foresee a better competition and more products(affordable as well as practical) in this arena of GPS devices with mapmyIndia's launch, that could turn out to be beneficial for us normal tourers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satyenpoojary View Post
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    I think its a courageous step to bring out such a gadget at such a steep price.

    1. Abroad you need GPS more because there are no people around to ask for directions , here its not the case.
    2. The phones equipped with GPS and a handle bar mount is good enough for limited use the device has.
    3. Newbie tourers will never buy devices like these for 19k. A 10k device would have been much better. (This is 25% of the cost of the bike)
    4. Capacitve screen ? Device is almost useless then.

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    anyone who buys this map my india is a real fool ,now that nokia has launched free drive navigation on all its GPS enabled phones ,
    i just bought a 5230 for 8000 rs & i now have free ovi maps navigation ,
    what person would now spend 11000rs on a sat nav now .
    garmin and map my india shd count its days.lol
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