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Your favorite navagation app?
Just wondering what kind of gps navagation apps you guys use. Ill tell you I use the vz navagation app I think it's through Verizon and it is absolutely amazing. It could be better than the navagations that comes in cars these days. What do you guys use?
- 10-26-2011, 11:15 AM #2
Wife has Garmin built into her Jeep.. i got the NAVV USA app (lucky enough to get it free) and I like it. Works well, has good options and features.. no complaints so far. I have not used it on a long trip yet (only short tests)
Tomorrow I am taking a little longer trip - but I know the way so I will test to see if the app picks the same route i would (the easiest/fastest)
- 10-26-2011, 11:58 AM #3
I used to use MapQuest which was free and had voice turn by turn nav built in but have since switched to Waze. It's free also and has voice turn by turn built into it. I don't use Nav apps that often so I would rather not spend money needlessly for one of the paid apps. The free ones have been fine IMO.
- 10-26-2011, 12:05 PM #4
- 10-26-2011, 12:09 PM #5
Navigon is my preferred app. I've also used TomTom's - which was recently update to also be iPad friendly now... but it still reminds me of Windows 3.1 - Garmin's app is not as good as their stand-alone Nuvis... search the forum here for additional threads with commentary on this subject.
- 10-26-2011, 12:13 PM #6
- 10-26-2011, 12:19 PM #7
Navigon. Though it sounds like we'll get some more fees from them.
Navigon, Garmin Unveil New Smartphone GPS Apps | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
Navigon is also revamping its map update system, offering a one-time subscription fee for free quarterly updates. Before, Navigon had only updated its NAVTEQ maps twice over the course of eight version updates, thanks to licensing fees.
I'm ok with it if it means more frequently updated maps. I like having maps on device and you'll be able to choose which areas or states you want to download.
- 10-26-2011, 12:21 PM #8
I've been using the free Waze & MapQuest apps locally just to see how they do with routes I'm familiar with. Some observations:
Waze has the better screen. The fonts are larger, it gives traffic alerts & ETA. MapQuest doesn't work in landscape mode.
MapQuest is faster & better at recalculating a route. Waze seems to want to stick to their original route and tries to force you back to that despite a better alternative.
I'm going to continue testing both apps, but right now if I were to drive somewhere I knew nothing about, I'd trust MapQuest to do a better job of actually getting me to my destination with the least fuss.
One thing I'm still wondering about is how these GPS/nav apps work in areas with spotty cell coverage. My 2.5 yr. old TomTom will sometimes lose the satellite in downtown SF or deep canyons, but not when I'm way out in the boonies. I don't think I'll buy a new dedicated GPS device, but I'm also going to keep the TomTom in the car just in case.
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- 10-26-2011, 09:31 PM #19
Still trying to decide between TomTom and Navigon. I think TomTom has a slight edge but that could just be because I started out with it and I'm more familiar with it.
This applies to all smartphones out there -- not just the iPhone.
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- 10-29-2011, 11:33 AM #23iPhone Beginner
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I have had the Tom Tom app for over 2 years, when it first came out it was a terrible product. Tom Tom has work hard at improving the app. Now it has grown for me as the most gps I rely on. I like the fact you can download map corrections done by drivers who found tom tom to be wrong. The traffic is 20 dollars a year which is reasonable and with it you can avoid bad traffic by using the alternative route guidance built in. If you do not care about traffic then the one time fee covers updates (including maps).
Only negative is because everything is on your phone it takes up about 1.5 gigs of data. I rather have this though than rely on a gps software that messes up when I am out of coverage area.
- 10-29-2011, 02:59 PM #24
I think for me Waze has been fantastic.. I very rarely use navigation software, maybe 4-5 times a year at best, so its just not feasible for me to pay for any, and after seeing people talk about Waze I decided to give it a try..
1 question though.. What is the horn sound I keep hearing every now and again when I am using it?
- 10-29-2011, 03:11 PM #25