[access-uk] Re: Satnav app suggestions

  • From: Ibrahim Gucukoglu <ibrahim_gucukoglu@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: "access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:37:23 +0100

Hi Mark..

To be honest with you, there is no need to pay for GPS prodcts anymore, unless 
you need something specialised.  I use the RNIB navigator for pedestrian routes 
and increasingly in vehicles too, but I do have Navigon too which I bought 
years ago at a time when it was along with TomTom considered to be a necessary 
aid if you wanted independantly accessible GPS.  Both Apple and Google maps are 
fee, and you can complement their functionality with apps like Ariadne or 
BlindSquare.

All the best, Ibrahim.

Sent from my iPhone

> On 9 Jul 2014, at 18:05, "Mark Threadgold" <m.j.threadgold@xxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> wrote:
> 
> Thanks for the suggestons and a bit of lively debate! 
> 
> BlindSquare seems to be a location based information database and not an
> actual journey planning gps app. 
> 
> With TomTom at about £35 and Navigon at £55, is Navigon really worth the
> almost double price tag? 
> 
> Being able to create your own points of interest and hence plan journeys to
> or from them is imperative, so rules out the RNIB app. I also want to have
> one that is easily recognised by sighted friends who will have to look at
> it. 
> So looks like the choice is farily narrow in reality. 
> 
> Thanks again all,  
> 
> 
> Mark Threadgold 
> 
> Of all the things I have ever lost, the one I miss most is my mind... 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
> Saqib Hussain
> Sent: 08 July 2014 09:40
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Satnav app suggestions
> 
> Hi. I've tried both and BlindSquare is the app for me. I've saved so
> many locations which have helped me and I've found that I don't really
> have to utilise a third party navigation app like Apple Maps or Google
> Maps allot of the time. This app is every bit as good as the Trekker
> and is allot sharper.  It's also helpful to get telephone numbers for
> all the POIs as one can call and enquire about any of them. I like the
> new feature where I can use BlindSquare with my Bluetooth Speaker
> wrist band. I can get my location by pressing one button and
> BlindSquare keeps me updated anyway. The wrist band speaker has meant
> that I can keep my phone in my pocket and this is a good thing as it's
> not exposed for opportunists. Just because we are VI doesn't mean we
> won't get mugged.
> 
>> On 08/07/2014, Steve Nutt <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> 
>> Whatever your opinion, it was a good commercial <Smile>.
>> 
>> Seems silly to me though that basic features are missing, like not being
>> able to enter your own waypoints.
>> 
>> All the best
>> 
>> Steve
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
> Of
>> Ibrahim Gucukoglu
>> Sent: 08 July 2014 00:39
>> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Satnav app suggestions
>> 
>> Hi.
>> 
>> BlindSquare with extras? An interesting way of putting it. I use the RNIB
>> Navigator app for three reasons. Firstly, if you purchase a three year
>> subscription it works out at about £30 a year, not at all unreasonable
> given
>> the specialist nature of the app. Secondly, everything is under one roof,
>> all the tools you need to navigate successfully, safely and reliably. I
> have
>> spent some years using the free/multi App approach and although it has its
>> benefits, I preferred the simplicity of it all in one. Finally, if we are
> to
>> seriously encourage developers to consider GPS as a serious tool for
>> blind/partially sighted users, it is worth investing in the tools and
> giving
>> developers the confidence to realise that there is a market for blind
> users.
>> I'm confident that apps like RNIB Navigator will only get better with time
>> however we need to ensure that we tell developers how much we appreciate
> the
>> work that they do by buying the product so that they have encouragement to
>> develop it fur
>> ther. I don't mean to sound sanctimonious, this is just my opinion.
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On 7 Jul 2014, at 23:45, Richard King <rking689@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> 
>>> I like Google maps and this can also be run in conjunction with blind
>>> square or on its own. RNIBS Navigator app sounds good but I am not
>>> prepared to pay £6.99 per month for a nap that is effectively BlindSquare
>>> with extras
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> On 7 Jul 2014, at 22:24, BJ Edwards <bjthequill@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> I vote for "Blind square" you could also try "rnib navigator."
>>>> 
>>>> bj
>>>> 
>>>> Message composed on Granny Smith's typewriter.
>>>> 
>>>>> On 7 Jul 2014, at 22:19, "Mark Threadgold"
> <m.j.threadgold@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Hi all.
>>>>> 
>>>>> I am looking for a GPS satnav app for my iPhone for a Geocaching  event
>>>>> I am
>>>>> taking part in. Although it's initially for this, I want one that will
>>>>> be
>>>>> more broadly useable in the future for general travel.
>>>>> 
>>>>> The obvious app that  springs to mind is TomTom, but are there any
>>>>> others
>>>>> better suited to the totally blind and the iPhone with voiceover?
>>>>> 
>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>> 
>>>>> Mark Threadgold
>>>>> 
>>>>> Of all the things I have ever lost, the one I miss most is my mind...
>>>>> 
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