iOS navigation apps for Kyiv

Quick overview of GPS navigators with traffic information in Kyiv, Ukraine. November 2016. What is available:

  • iGo is based on here maps that is 1-2 years old. Traffic is more or less adequate, but loading of traffic is slow, and there are no traffic events. UI is old-school and slow, but nice. At least during driving. It is not free.


  • here good free up-to-date map with traffic, but without traffic events and without events reporting.


  • Google have 3D building but unable to show it during navigation. Good  map of traffic, but without events. No traffic events reporting.


  • Yandex  good traffic and a lot of user reported accidents, road works, etc. Without navigation in offline mode.


  • Waze have poor traffic map contain only reported data. Map is average quality, but may be edited by on site


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Бесплатные навигаторы с пробками для Киева

Бесплатные навигаторы с пробками в Киеве для iPhone

  1. Yandex Maps (Yandex Navigator)
  2. Google Maps
  3. here

Яндекс однозначно лучший навигатор для iOS в Киеве

  • Лучшая детализация данных о заторах
  • Иконки дорожных событий (аварий, ремонтов)
  • Возможность добавлять события
  • Удобный интерфейс, Избранное.
  • 3D здания, отображение заторов и другая “избыточность на карте” в режиме навигации не мешает благодаря правильному подбору цветов.


Google значительно отстаёт по уровню детализации, возможно сознательно не выводя в окно навигатора ничего лишнего.

  • Нет ни 3D ни даже контуров зданий
  • Очень мало дорожных событий (и те взяты из waze)
  • Карта трафика и маршруты с учётом пробок в целом адекватны
  • Выход из режима навигации одним нажатием и автоматически
  • Постоянный просчёт и визуализация альтернативных маршрутов
  • Транспорт, пешие маршруты, Taxi (Uber)


HERE WeGo в целом достаточно качественная альтернатива

  • есть несколько текстурированных 3D объектов
  • контуры и псевдо 3D дома
  • нормальная карта заторов
  • пешие и вело маршруты



iPhone 7

iPhone 7

Now it is black again. Gold Black is best. Same Size as iPhone 6/6S. With improved antena section color design. Better camera that is shifted a bit to the phone edge.


New Home button. That is not actually button any more. Finger clicks work fine in general. Click in gloves or using nails do not work anymore. Fingerprint recognition speed and quality same at it was on iPhone 6S.


No more analog audio connector. Hmm. OK.

Stereo, waterresistant, faster, brighter.

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Meizu M3s

Meizu M3s is cheap and (relatively) low performance Android smartphone with expensive smartphones looks and features (like TouchID).


The phone looks more or less like iPhone 6(s).
Price is about 130$ for 16GB/2GB version in Ukraine.


iPhone 6(s) like design is in metal body (only central part, top and bottom are platic), one “home”button with fingerprint reader in it.


Similar to iPhone screws, speeker holes, usb port location. Sound quality is very average.


Not only M3s body is looks like iPhone but also FlymeOS trying to copy iOS way of lock screen, notifications, etc.

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Dell XPS 15

High-end relatively light-weight (2kg) notebook with 4K 15.6″ touchscreen. Dell XPS 15 9550. Device performance is good. Good Wi-Fi speed (important since Ethernet port is absent). Good CPU, SDD, Video performance.


There is a lot of good points about the device:

  • high performance
  • high resolution
  • tiny display borders
  • bright display colors
  • keyboard backlight
  • chasis materials
  • ~4h batery life (84Wh)

And some points that is not that good

  • glance display reflect light
  • touch screen cause fingerprints on display
  • tiny borders on touchscreen cause touches when change display angle
  • low HiDPI suport in Windows environment
  • lack of Ethernet port
  • Unavailability of dock accessories on Ukrainian market
  • Windows 10 HOME (that is not support virtualisation and bitlocker)
  • Long boot (15 seconds of BIOS POST)

Also there are McAfee Antivirus and additional DropBox space as a bonux for 1 year.

HiDPI compatibility

Windows, Windows applications, Java applications, sites, etc need may or may not be HiDPI aware. The issue with browsers is just about images that may (and one day will) be better for high resolution clients. The issue with OS and application are more painful. A lot of application just not usefull anymore on 15″ 4K display. OS trying too zoom Windows application to work with high DPI. For some it works, for some not.

FastStone Image Viewer on UHD display
FastStone Image Viewer 5.5 on 4K display

Java Application
Java applications are just tiny windows that is hard to work with.

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Top Speed UHS-I U3 microSD 32 GB

Best microSD cards, that may be found today at stores is UHS-I with sequental read/write speed about 80-90 MB/s. To achive this read/write speed cardreaders must support at least UHS-I standard and be connected using fast interface like USB 3.0 or better. Use of old readers will reduce speed to about 20 MB/s. Use of USB 2.0 with UHS-I reader gives about 40 MB/s

microSDHC_SanDisk_32GB microSDHC_Transcend_32GB microSDHC_Kingston_32GB
Price 24.04.2016 37.29$ 22.64$ 18.03$
Sequential (QD=Q32) (MB/s) R 96.20 MB/s
W: 88.60 MB/s
R: 94.02 MB/s
W: 85.66 MB/s
R: 92.27 MB/s
W: 81.81 MB/s
Random  4KB (QD=32) (MB/s) R 8.63 MB/s
W: 3.22 MB/s
R:  10.19 MB/s
W: 1.69 MB/s
R:  11.76 MB/s
W: 1.47 MB/s
Sequental (MB/s) R: 97.31 MB/s
W: 88.49 MB/s
R:  94.81 MB/s
W: 87.46 MB/s
R:  91.23 MB/s
W: 86.20 MB/s
Random 4KB (MB/s) R: 8.63 MB/s
W: 3.27 MB/s
R:  9.98 MB/s
W: 1.45 MB/s
R:  10.37 MB/s
W: 1.44 MB/s


SDSDQXP-032G-G46A Sandisk Extreme PRO MicroSDHC (633x) UHS-I U3

TS32GUSDU3 Transcend ULTIMATE microSDHC 32GB (633x) UHS-I U3

SDCA3/32GB Kingston MicroSDHC 32GB UHS-I U3


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CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64

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