[access-uk] Re: GPS

  • From: "Jackie Brown" <jackieannbrown62@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:32:58 +0100

Hi Ibrahim

Yes, I noticed that.  I was very impressed with it, and found the
Look-Around wand helpful as well. 


Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Ibrahim Gucukoglu
Sent: 29 July 2014 12:00
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: GPS

Hi Jackie.

Well written appraisal, I just want to add something here.  The RNIB 
Navigator need s constant data connection to the Sendero servers.  If RNIB 
Navigator looses internet access, it will stop announcing street names, POI 
information etc. but will still give speed, accuracy and direction travelled

information so you will be able to use it to get a rough bearing.

All the best, Ibrahim.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jackie Brown
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:29 AM
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] GPS

I promised some thoughts on various GPS apps when I returned from Scotland
where I had an opportunity to travel about a little.

My own preference is for the RNIB Navigator app, followed by Trekker Breeze.
I used the Navigator on my iPhone 5 paired with the much discussed BEM
wireless wrist band.

I used bus and train, and Navigator was pretty good.  I didn't put routes in
for GPS to follow specifically, I simply opened the app and let it flow, so
to speak.  I received a lot of information about my surroundings, and found
it really useful on the train when it even announced the platform we were
on.  North of Perth, however, there was much less information available, and
behaved much as it does where I live.  What I discovered was that when GPRS
appeared on the status bar, I got next to no info.  But when 3G came up,
things were much much better.

The down side of Navigator is its hungry battery life.  If you go on a
journey of a couple of hours, then the Anker portable charger, which has
been discussed before, is really useful and frankly a necessity.

I am not a Blind Square person, it just didn't do it for me somehow.  While
it worked, I kept going back to Navigator for more route information.  Blind
Square was more for POI information to me.

I also didn't like Telorion GPS that much.  It knew where I was, and perhaps
it would have been better if I had specified my start and destination
instructions.  But going in free mode, it just gave me postcodes and street
names rather than saying what the numbers in a High Street were alluding to.
I feel it needs quite a lot more work, but I am prepared to accept others
may disagree and maybe get more from it than I did.

I really like the BEM wireless wrist band, it gives more volume to the
iPhone without being intrusive, and is not uncomfortable to wear either.

Finally, if you have a Trekker Breeze, this is certainly useful though bulky
and devoid of Bluetooth.  It gives a lot of "street with no name" messages,
but it has a good battery life, and is largely straightforward to use.

These are just my own thoughts.

Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
Emails: jackieannbrown62@xxxxxxxxx
thebrownsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Twitter: @thebrownsplace
Skype: Thejackmate

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