Good news! (well, time will tell of course, but news, at least).
At long last my "fence" in China came through with the goods and I am now in receipt of a (semi) official copy of iGo9 software and NZ maps. I am quite worried that I might be receiving goods knowing them to have been stolen and have consulted my lawyer at some length over this. In short, he said that technically I am in fact guilty of this crime. I protested that I had paid $39.65 for this copy, but apparently this makes no difference. He tells me that, in law, I remain culpable. This does not sit well with me and I am going to take the matter further. Apparently my next step should be to seek the opinion of a QC. (My very own "Silk" - now there's a status symbol for you!)
Failing that, I would guess that an appeal to the Privy Council for a ruling would be the most definitive way to go.
Bitter experience has taught me that computer software cannot be trusted and that any new program should be very carefully checked for the presence of Malware before being loaded. To that end, I have checked these new files with 15 different programs and, so far, no malware has been detected. It appears that I might have at last got a "clean" version of iGo9 software. Quite possibly the only one in the Southern hemisphere!
Unfortunately, the multiple Malware Checkers that I have downloaded are quarrelling with each other. When they conflict, they come to me asking for resolution of their differences - as if I should know which one is "right" and which one is "wrong"! Sometimes that just pimp on each other, reporting the presence of another program as a PUP. (Potentially Unwanted Program). Sometimes one of them will refuse to even work if another program is installed. Their constant squabbling is very annoying but I accept it as part of the price of eternal vigilance.
Some might perhaps think I am being a little over-zealous here.
My guess is that these will be people that have never personally experienced "The Blue Screen Of Death".
Eventually, with trembling fingers (and rampant tachycardia) I commenced the task of loading the new iGo software onto the Tablet. It should come as no surprise to any of you to learn that the upload failed. There were the usual cryptic indecipherable error messages. I would like to draw a veil over the next few (hours) days. You have all heard enough of my iGo8 trials and tribulations and by now are doubtless bored rigid as the debacle grinds on. Long story short, I was eventually able to load the new program. For the technically mined, this involved the re-naming of some of the files I had been sold. Go figure! In the course of this operation, I found that I was unable to change the name of a file within Android. Hard to believe eh? Or perhaps hard to believe that I don't know how to accomplish such a simple task within Android. I sought the help of a friend part-way through this operation and he was shocked to find that I was loading "untested" software onto my Tablet without wearing a condom. I figured it was too late by then and if I was already infected with a virus, so be it. In any case, as you all no doubt know, you can never find a condom when you need one.
Sadder, thinner, poorer, older and wiser I am finally at the stage where I can begin to address the original topic of this thread.
How well does a $100 Chinese tablet running iGo software function as a GPS?