Gogopal GPS Navigator Q4.3 review

A while back, I received a gogopal Q4.3 Personal Navigation Device unit for review. The unit has maps for both Malaysia and Singapore. In the box you’ll find the GPS unit, car cradle, car charger, USB cable and pouch. One noticeable item missing from the list is a house charger. I later find out that it comes together only with the Q5.0 version. You can purchase it separately from gogopal at RM30.

The navigation system is powered by Korea’s top navigation software — SpeedNavi. Its Malaysia and Singapore maps are provided by MapIT, which also supplies the two country’s maps for Google Maps.

Unit specification:

• 4.3” inches screen size
• 12mm thick
• 2GB microSD
• 3.5mm headphone jack.
• Stylus

The gogopal Q4.3 GPS unit runs on Windows CE 6.0 OS. Apart from the GPS navigation software, the unit comes with music and movie players, photo viewer, eBook reader, games and flash player. It also has some miscellaneous tools like note, calculator and calendar.

On the map layout screen, tap the bottom bar to show customizable shortcut icons to other menu items. To start navigation, you can tap on the bottom bar to bring out shortcut links to saved home, office or favourite locations.

Languages:

The GPS navigation software’s UI is available in 11 languages including English, Chinese, Malay, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish and French. Its voice navigation is available in 9 languages including English, Chinese, Malay, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese.

Search:

Gogopal GPS Q4.3 POI name search

You can search any location by point-of-interest (POI) name, address, postal code (Singapore only) or nearby amenities. One thing I like about their text search option is their ‘auto-discover’ feature. As you type, the letters on the virtual keyboard enables/disables itself to identify the next possible letter. That way, you will never hit a “no result found” popup.

Gogopal GPS Q4.3 category search

When you search for a POI name and it returns a massive amount of result, you can further refine search result by tapping on the ‘City’ button. You can then select the state and city of the location you are looking for. The final result will only display the POI from the selected city.

Navigation:

Gogopal GPS Q4.3 upcoming turn navigation

During normal navigation, there will be indicators on the right that shows the distance of the upcoming 2 turns. One feature that places SpeedNavi above my existing GPS software (hacked google maps on Android) is the availability of ‘junction view’. As shown in the screenshot, a big arrow indicates the path that you need to take for the next turn. This eliminates guessing and improves safety.

Gogopal GPS Q4.3 to-down bird's eye view

When you are approaching certain checkpoints, the navigation display may split into 2 horizontal panes. The new pane on the right will show a top-down bird’s eye view of the next turn.

Apart from the recommended route, you may press the ‘Route’ button to bring up other route options such as ‘Avoid highway’, ‘Shortest’ and ‘Highway’. If you would pass through a particular route, you may tap the location on the map and select the ‘Way Point’ button.

There is a ‘Toll Road’ option under the settings –> route menu. You can set this to avoid, allow or ask me. When set to ‘Ask Me’, SpeedNavi will then ask for your confirmation each time you set a new destination that may pass through a tollgate.

Warnings / Alert:

Gogopal GPS Q4.3 warning indicator

SpeedNavi has a speed limit warning feature. You get alerted when you exceed the speed limit in that area. At times when you are approaching a turn, it may give out a continuous beep accompanied by a blinking icon on the map to prevent you from making a wrong turn. Besides that, you will also get a voice alert whn you are approaching a sharp bend. All these features can be turned on / off in the settings.

Price:

The Q4.3 version has a RRP of RM299. Meanwhile, the Q5.0 version has a RRP of RM499.

Overall:

The SpeedNavi system delivers most functionality a user should need. I am happy with the ease of use and multiple options to search for any location — the POI search is particularly useful. I am confident in the completeness and accuracy of the map provided since MapIT provides maps for the widely used Google Maps as well.
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Nikon D90 and Canon DSLR Price Drop

After having my first DSLR — the Nikon D40x — for almost 2 years, I got myself a Nikon D90 in late November 2009. Priced at RM4050, it was my biggest investment in this money sucking hobby. Having said that, I believe the Nikon D90 body will serve me well for many years to come.

If you have always wanted to buy a DSLR or upgrade to a better body, now is probably a good time to do so. I received a promo newsletter from ShaShinKi stating that there is a price reduction for the Nikon D90 and Canon EOS 500D models.

ShaShinKi is now selling the Nikon D90 kit (18-105mm lens, 4GB SD card and bag) for only RM3495. That is a price reduction of more RM500 compared to the price I paid previously at another shop. You may want to check out other stores for the best bargain.

A newer model may be introduced soon to replace these models, which explains the price drop. It may also be due to price war between the two. Either way, the choice to buy now or wait is yours.

Updated 17/04/2010:

I just read on Gizmodo that there may be 3 new DSLR models released by Nikon very soon. One of them could very well be a D90 replacement.

Keystroke Logger: Prank Or Reality?

I read KitKat’s post on a key tracker that some people use in public computers to track what the user types. I have heard of software based key loggers in the past but never a device for it. I had my doubts at first until I did more searching about it.

I found another post talking about the same thing — key tracker device. One commentator shared the same doubt as I did about this device. The alleged key tracking device looks like a normal converter (USB to PS2 or vice versa).

However, the following comments pointed me to a few websites that are actually selling the device.

I guess this device could be real. Apart from using it unethically, this device has its own “legal” and useful purposes. You can use it to check if your spouse is “dating” anyone online or to make sure your kids are not chatting with the wrong people online.

As a rule of thumb, one should avoid accessing highly sensitive accounts like online banking and PayPal when using public computers.

Dell XPS M1730 With Optional AGEIA PhysX Processor

If you are a game freak, here is good news for you. Dell announced a new model for hardcore gamers a short while ago — the Dell XPS M1730 notebook. It is the world’s first notebook with an optional AGEIA physX processor.

System specification

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2Ghz / 800 FSB / 4MB Cache)
  • 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 17.0″ UltraSharp Widscreen TFT Display with TrueLife
  • 160GB Hard Drive
  • 8X DVD Burner
  • Dual NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT

Price tag

A hefty RM7,999.

What is this AGEIA physX processor?

It is a specialized accelerator dedicated to calculate all the physics involved in a game. Previously, all game physics are computed by the CPU. Since the CPU is already having a huge load computing the game logic and other AI matters, this leaves not much resource for game physics.

With the AGEIA physX processor, game developers can push game physics to a whole new level. We will be seeing more realistic effects in fighting and driving games for example.

For more information, check out the AGEIA website.

My verdict

For whatever reason that you prefer having a high end notebook for games instead of getting a desktop, the Dell XPS M1730 is something you should look into. The AGEIA physX add-on is a must if you want that extra boost in your games. However, I am not sure if you will notice a difference in all games.

[Via lazyfellow]

Groin Airbag May Cause More Harm Than Good

Bike airbag may hit groin causing massive painI found this prototype model of an advanced safety scooter, the ASV-3, which was made by Yamaha Motors. The article is already a year old. The difference in this scooter compared to the normal scooters we have on the road is that the ASV-3 has a multi-chambered airbag which opens from under the seat.

I am not sure what the airbag was meant to do. I would guess that it is to prevent the rider from sliding forward in a collision thus hitting the handle bars and causing the rider injury. However, Geekologie feels that it could be used as a crotch guard.

I do not know how the crotch airbag works but it looks dangerously close to the rider’s groin area. I’d imagine the airbag causing more harm than good to the rider instead. Can you imagine what will happen if the rider were to sit an inch or two closer to the front and the airbag were to expand in such a fast rate thus hitting him in the groin?

Ouch!