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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The End Of Blogging’s Most Wanted?

The selling of pixels or block spaces on a website was popularized by the Million Dollar Homepage. Back then, who on earth would think that anybody would want to buy a 10 X 10 pixels space on a website that cost $100 ($1 for 1 pixel)? Strangely, many people did buy them. In fact, there are many who invested thousands of dollars just to buy a space big enough to make themselves stand out from the rest.

The 1 million pixels (equivalent to $1,000,000) were sold out within months of the website launch. Many similar buy-a-pixel websites mushroomed throughout the process. Some even used a different marketing strategy buy allowing people to rent a space instead of buying them. The owner of the Million Dollar Homepage, Alex Tew came up with another project a few months after he has successfully sold out the first project — Pixelotto. Some critics do not think that Pixelotto would go far with the reason that “a second silly idea is just another silly idea”. The amount of pixels sold on Pixelotto has been stagnant for a very long time now.

Then there was Blogging’s Most Wanted, a website that sells 40 X 40 pixels space for only $15 per block. The website focuses in selling ad space to bloggers around the world. As of writing, 49 blocks have been sold while another 576 blocks are still available.

Comparison of alexa ranking among Bloggingsmostwanted.com, milliondollarhomepage.com and pixelotto.com

Comparing the Alexa stats of the three websites mentioned above revealed that Blogging’s Most Wanted one did pretty well at the beginning — even surpassed the traffic of the Million Dollar Homepage. However, their traffic has decreased ever since.

Is this the end of Blogging’s Most Wanted? Will there be a turn around point where it will become popular again and become the next sell out buy-a-pixel website? It is anyone’s guess. Dare you make one?

John Cow With A New Cow-abanga Theme

John Chow’s evil moo-twin, John Cow has a new theme in place. I was expecting him to copy John Chow’s new theme but he didn’t. The new Cow 2.0 theme is a one of a kind theme for a pimped up cow.

John Cow new theme header

The new header saw him retiring the two cows found in the previous design. The cows were replaced with cars with custom cow skin paintjobs. How intelligent.

John Cow new theme sidebar

Check out the mutated cow feed button. Looks ok to me. Ah, Mr Chow was right there before me. I wonder what he has to say about the new theme.

John Cow new theme comment

Moving further down, the comment area was redesigned as well. Notice the mutated cow submit button.

John Cow new theme footer

Ahhh…want some milk?

One thing I feel needs to be changed is the font type and size used in the sidebar and footer. It looks inconsistent to the ones used in the post area. Apart from that, the words are harder to read. Overall, an OK theme.

Netlynx: Broadband Up To 10Mbps From TIME dotCom

I read that TIME dotCom is providing a broadband service named Netlynx with speeds up to 10mbps. There are four packages available — 2, 4, 6 and 10mbps — costing from RM99 per month up to RM499 per month respectively. They are providing discounts of RM20 to RM30 for each package until the end of this year. The official website for this broadband service is Netlynx.net.my.

Netlynx: TIME dotCom broadband 10mbps

The domain name was registered only early this month indicating that this website is in fact very new. After scanning through Netlynx’s official website, I noticed a few improvements that are needed for it.

  • Blue and red are two very strong colors. I am not an expert in color balancing for website designs but my eyes were “hurting” after a brief view of the website. Red text on a blue background is a definite no-no. I understand that TIME dotCom’s official colors are blue and red but that doesn’t mean you need to cover 70% of the website with these two colors.
  • The entire website is a “large banner” consisting of six images. As much as I do not like websites designed entirely in flash, designing an entire page where all the text are embedded in images is worse.
  • There are no information on where or how to subscribe. The contact number of TIME dotCom is not present anywhere in the website. It is like ordering from a menu only to be told by the waiter that none of the items are available.

It is good that more ISPs are giving new alternatives for users. I am not sure if Netlynx is available throughout Malaysia because, you guessed it, this information is not in the website.

[Via: MohdIsmail]

Make Money Online With Blogitive

Blogitive is yet another great website that allows you to make money online while blogging. It has some similarities and differences compared to the other paid to blog websites. Firstly, your blog needs to be at least 3 months old and have at least 3 posts a week on average. Of course, you will need to have a decent traffic flow. One difference I notice with Blogitive compared to the others is that Blogitive requires you to have at least 2 non-sponsored posts in between their posts.

I have only started writing for Blogitive a couple of days ago. The website loads fairly fast compared to the others that I have joined. However, they do need tweak their designs a little. There are a few codes such as “end #header”, “end #content” and “end #footer” lying around here and there. Below is a screenshot of how an open offer looks like.

Make money online with Blogitive

After you have reserved the offer, it will be listed in the reserved offers list. The problem is that both the open offers and reserved offers list is displayed on the same page. When you have multiple offers in either list, it becomes harder to view each offer because the page becomes very “long”.

In my opinion, they should split both lists into different pages. Secondly, the detail of the offers should be hidden by default. The details will only show when a user clicks on a link or something. That way, the whole page looks more organized.

Despite all that, I personally feel that Blogitive is still a good money making website. If you are blogging for money and have never tried Blogitive, maybe you should take a look.