01 February 2008

Nokia Internal vs External GPS

Nokia GPS Internal vs External
"The Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module LD-4W is for you if you’re looking for a navigation solution to send you effortlessly on your way. The lightweight, slim design makes this technology a great travelling companion" (AND DON'T HAVE AN INTERNAL GPS BUILT TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE)

Nokia GPS LD-4W Module
Nokia GPS Module - it's light, small and gets good fixes with good battery life.

(though users with built in Internal GPS (i.e.N95, N82 etc might be surprised on this independent review...)

GPS Module LD-4W generously supplied by WOM World, not only did they just supply a bluetooth GPS but also a Nokia N95.

Mapperz likes thank them once again for this opportunity.

Nokia says you can...With a Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module LD-4W you can: Turn your mobile device into a navigator (but only if you sign up to Nokia Maps with Navigation)Explore with GPS features on Nokia Maps, or compatible software (correct)tap in an address to Nokia Maps and let voice-guided directions take you there (see note 1)
Take it along with the belt clip or suction cup (yes it comes with this though you might not ever use it)
Operate up to 11 hours on a single, fast charge (fast charge is 1 hour approx -came with a car charge but not a mains charger, though you can use the N95 mains charger.)

If on a long trip 11 hours or more your likely to need a double car charger or if not driving out on the mountains then a Power Monkey is recommended.

Tech Spec:
The GPS Module Tech spec:

SiRF Star III LT, 20 parallel channels, Weighs 31 g (It is small and super light
Up to 11 hours, continuous tracking (so your phone will need a charge by then
Stand-by up to 4 days (seems pretty good for a small device
Typical ± 5-10 m (seem better than that most of the time with 8 or more satellites)1 second refresh rate-30°C up to +70°
Cold start (when the Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module has been switched off more than 2 hours): up to approx. 45 seconds on average - TrueHot start (when the Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module has been switched off for less than 2 hours): up to approx. 2 seconds on average - True
DatumWGS84 (world geodetic system) only - (this seems the main stream format these days)
Supports most Nokia bluetooth phones - though you will need a map application or tracking application to use it.

Here is Mapperz tested Map Application List...
Tested with:Google Maps Mobile (with 'My Location')

9 Satellite Fixes with Google Maps
Google Maps used the fully capacity of the GPS Module and got 9 satellites
(less than 4 metres in true terms)

MGMaps (Internal GPS worked but failed to detect the paired bluetoothed GPS device)

Brecons Track KML MGMap

but does overlay kml from sport tracker

Yahoo Go! (beta 3) worked but no coverage maps of aerial for the UK (yet).
Yahoo_Go Beta 3.0

Maps24 (no gps tracking support but was 3D and has traffic alerts)
Map24 Options

All required a internet link either wifi or more likely GPRS when out and about.

combine these mapping applications and you will get a first class mapping application

**Though Nokia Maps was pre-installed and map data loaded onto the memory card - but will use mobile/cell network if required.
Nokia Maps - worked in the same way as the internal gps device as expected.Nokia Sports Tracker (v1.7) worked well as expected.
Nokia Navigation A40

Nokia Navigation, but beware of a few strange things - the route is correct but is the symbolisation?
Also told Mapperz to do a U-Turn on a dual carriageway!! though was traveling at speed.

The trial had almost ended from WOM World when Nokia Labs released Location Tagger (not used here) though see post.
Interesting the Nokia GPS device has 20 channels however their software seems only to support 5 channels (satellite fixes)

Google Maps Mobile used as many as 9 channels (max 12?) and seemed to get almost within a metre of 'my location' in several occasions.
*note to be fair the Assisted GPS and Network positioning was switched off as not all applications supported it.

Conclusion - if you have gps on your phone then you might not need to use this but if you want to take the strain off your mobile phone battery then you might consider this option, though remember that the bluetooth link will use battery life up too but not as much as internal gps chips.
Non-GPS phones (with bluetooth) that can install S60 mapping applications and want a nice little gps which does not need to be attached to the phone physically. This device is for you.


Two options available:

The £59.99 version (just the module)

or the £169.99 version (includes Nokia Maps - but unsure if includes Navigation...)

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At Saturday, February 02, 2008 12:03:00 pm, Anonymous sturgeon said...

I think the thing that runs the phone battery down is having the screen lit up all the time more than running the internal GPS. Having an internal GPS means only needing one car charger instead of two for a long journey.

My N95 on its own beats my old 6630 and external bluetooth GPS combo, for hill walking and sailing too - less junk to carry!


At Saturday, February 02, 2008 6:23:00 pm, Blogger Philip said...

What I like about Map24 Mobile is the ability to enter start and end point on their web portal (http://www.map24.com), then bookmark and access them on the mobile app with just two clicks. So no endless typing and searching for locations on the phone.

At Monday, February 04, 2008 7:27:00 pm, Blogger Ahmad Alnusif said...

One big plus for using an external GPS is when using Sportstracker to record your route while walking or jogging. If you close your N95 and put it in your pocket, the GPS quality will be very low.

So I simply connect to an external GPS when I want to record my route (while taking photos that I want to geotag later) and put the phone in my pocket where it has no problem getting bluetooth signal from the external GPS.

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 8:08:00 am, Anonymous Raul said...

Hi, are you Garmin or Mio? Anyway, check out what made it to ConsumerSearch's top selection for 2007.
More of the GPS devices, whether auto or handheld.

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 9:39:00 am, Blogger Mapperz said...



(it's 2008 time for Personal Navigation)

At Friday, July 16, 2010 9:58:00 am, Blogger bespy said...

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