Thursday, June 26, 2008

Photos from Samsung i780

For someone who uses a digital SLR most of the time, the camera is really disappointing, but its just as bad as all camera phones, even the crappy 5 mega pixel ones.

Indoor close up shot using normal mode

Night shot of the Yarra river using night mode

samsung i780 gps software

Since I've got my Samsung i780, I've been mucking around the with GPS function, since its the only new feature that my previous now dead phone did not have.

I got the phone for $388 from Starhub, with another 2 year contract. The phone came with its own third party GPS software, Navfone.


Its not too bad, just is really horrible about warning you about ERP in Singapore whether or not it is active.

I also called Navfone support twice to try to get the phone setup as the instruction manual wasn't too informational. Eventually I got it working.

The irritating factor of the software is that everytime you want to use it, you have to specify the port the GPS is on.

Tom Tom with port splitter

Unfortunately Tom Tom would not work without the port switcher software activated. Thats the real pain factor. You need to turn on 2 applications to use the GPS even though Tom Tom looks a lot more user friendly than Navfone, the concept of initiating the use seems rather consistent or even more problematic in port splitter

From a user perspective I actually feel that port splitter actually turns on the GPS so the battery runs out faster even though you are not using Tom Tom as it activates the GPS port.

Google maps

My favourite software at the moment, the only con is that it requires broadband, i.e. the HSDPA connection always on. The fine tuning with the GPS is also useful and it does not need any funky port splitter to activate the GPS either.

It doesn't give you driving instructions, but you don't need to buy maps. If you are travelling, you probably wouldn't be driving and walking around the city with google maps is great for getting you back to your hotel.

I suppose if you have some good data plan and have a phone charger handy, using the GPS is very useful and fun to use to.

dead pi

Well, I guess it has to happen at some point. the home automation raspberry pi has died. Much to do with the stupid Strontium mini SD card. ...