Well,Â while the big A is churning its marketing machine for its new iPhone i’ve been busy playing with my Eten X500 that Santa kindly bought for me.
Wifi? Check. BT2? Check. Internal SiRF GPS? Check. 400mhz CPU? Check. 2GB Microsd card? Check. WM5 RU2? Check. All for AU$850? Bargain.
As some other bloggers have pointed out, the iPhone is a joke. Fact is, all the functionality that it touts as being cutting-edge has been available for quite some time, especially on the mapping side of things. So for those interested in whats available, give the following a try
- MGMaps has provided a J2ME solution for the big 3 mapping apps for quite some time now.
- JVNMobileGIS (OSS) &
- Skylab-MobilesystemsÂ are some moreÂ options available for OGC WMS services.
- Map24 has free mobile viewers for MIDP and PocketPC capable phones.
- OSGEO wiki has many more links to check out
Overall though, there really needs to be a bigger push into this space. The http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Mobile_Solutions project is still very much at the thinking stage, but it still has promise. I suggest that if you are interested in developing a robust solution in the future that you hop on the bandwagon and start some discussion on the list. I like the idea of extending the JVNMobileGIS codebase as certainly J2ME seems to be the way to go for device-compatibility~