Alrighty then…

I’ve been using my new Nokia E71 for a bit longer then 1 month now so I was thinking it was about time I tell something about it. Please do not think of this post as a full review because it is not. It’s more like, uuhm, some remarks/notes…

  • The Internal GPS

    Yes, let’s start with the primary reason (ahum) I bought it. Maybe you remember, maybe not but a while ago my bluetooth GPS just melted… As I need a GPS, and I really liked the E71 I decided to buy the E71 instead of a new bluetooth GPS. I haven’t used Nokia maps a lot, instead I’ve been using Sygic Mcguider. When I still had my E61i I was used to TomTom, but when I tried it on my E71 I was not pleased by the poor support for the Internal GPS. I had to manually select it every time I launched TomTom!! What a hassle… A bit later a friend told me about Sygic Mcguider and I decided to try it out, and I must say, I was very surprised!! Navigating was fun, the internal GPS worked very well with Sygic and the user interface is just great… I really can’t say anything bad about it :-) The only downside I noticed with my internal GPS was that I had to wait like 10 minutes or so before the GPS would have a ‘fix’, which I have solved now! And this is a hint for anyone with an E71 and sygic: Go to the settings, go to gps hardware settings, and change the com port from ‘Internal GPS’ to ‘Assisted GPS’!! Now the only downside here is that when you launch sygic it will (very briefly) make a GPRS/3G connection to determine your position based on the cells you’re around. This action will speed up the ‘fix’, and I noticed it only ‘sends data’ most of the time. I’m wondering how it can determine position like this, but maybe the connection is so short and so ‘few KB’s’ that it doesn’t show up in the connection log of my E71.