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OT: Nokia N97
12:49:18 PM
Hi Chockstoners,

Sorry for the off-topic query.
I looking into getting a Nokia N97 and was interested in it's GPS capabilities. I'm a complete hack when it comes to technology related matters so thought some kind person may be able to help me out or know about the phone.
Guess what i'd like to know is;

Would it's A-GPS capability compare to that of standard GPS unit?
Can it record waypoints and upload these into mapping programs?
Can it georeference photos?
It is generally a good phone?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Sorry again for the non-climbing topic but there appears to be people on here who know about these things.

Thanks in advance, Gareth.

12:55:53 PM
I had a Nokie N95 and the GPS was OK coould recosr locations and input lat longs and navigate to them but never tried uploading to a mapping programs.

i now have the Iphone and its way better for the gps as it has specific aps that do all of the things you mention pretty much.

3:52:57 PM
A-GPS = Assisted GPS. I would switch it off if I were you unless your mobile plan is cheap in regards to internet downloads. Essentially raw data from your GPS unit is sent to your mobile provider which then does the calculations to determine your position. Can be good in the built up areas, if you're rich...

As for programs, the N97 uses Symbian S60 as it's OS to memory. Essentially means there are tons of FREE software (unlike the iPhone,,,) to do anything you want (including those mapping software, etc). Just google up Symbian programs and you should get some links. In addition, Symbian supports Java and there's a definitely Python compiler out there (and a c compiler... I think) for Symbian if you want some more options in terms of programs out there (or want to write your own scripts...).
4:54:07 PM
Thanks for your replies,

I had a feeling A-GPS would incur costs but was more wondering whether the GPS alone would be suitable for the tasks i mentioned. I was told that once you have downloaded a gps application, an internet connection is no longer required, it will operate solely off satellites.

Was looking into it hopefully being useful for field work instead of having to buy a dedicated GPS unit as well. The N97 is of particular interest because i can get it free on a good deal.

Thanks heaps for the info. If there's more info out there, send it my way. It'd be greatly appreciated

Cheers, Gareth.

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