- 05-22-2011, 09:10 AM #2
- 05-22-2011, 09:47 AM #4
My experience is that my Nuvi is what smart phones & apps are dreaming of becoming... and they're starting to. Hinderances include battery life on phones, apps - full maps on the device vs cached and needing network to update... and that for folks like myself, there's the opinion that the jack of all trades is a master of none and it's better to have "several tools in the box" to do individual tasks well than one tool that's mediocre at several things.
That said, I do have and use Navigon... with their recent update, it's not bad. Not a total replacement for my Nuvi - it's a good back-up.
- 05-22-2011, 01:09 PM #5
I got one of the regional ones when it went on sale for like $14. It's been very good for me. Both in my hometown and when traveling. Very accurate. I like how it downloads all the maps so it doesn't matter if you have a cell signal. The POI's could be better, but otherwise it's been top notch. I'd wait for sale of you can because they do them periodically.
- 05-25-2011, 05:50 PM #7
Got the Navigon app and am very impressed with it. Not having a GPS before this, I can't compare it to anything. At $60 for US/Can I thought it was a bit steep at first, but after using for a couple of days and even putting it on my wife's iPhone I must say I think it's well worth the coins!
- 05-26-2011, 06:39 PM #9
Battery life is easily addressed IMO since I'm in a vehicle with power available. The "full maps" point is a non-issue. There are options for locally stored maps, if desired. A major reason I acquired my first smartphone years ago was convergence. I'd rather not have to deal with yet another device, worrying about powering it, its accessories, etc. For me a smartphone-based solution works. YMMV, of course. Few things in this world are one-size-fits-all. Figure out your own priorities and determine your own preferences.
I do appreciate good tools in the areas that matter to me. We each have different preferences when it comes to deciding where and when we're willing to splurge.
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