Best GPS app for Galaxy S5General

  1. php111

    php111 Well-Known Member

    Hello: Out of personal opinions and personal preference, which would everyone would recommend as the best GPS app would be for the Galaxy S5?

  2. dvhttn

    dvhttn Well-Known Member

    What do you mean by 'gps' app? GPS is merely a location signal that the phone picks up from one or more satellite networks - what do you want the app to do with that signal? And, more importantly, have you 'searched' the forum as 'gps' threads turn up most weeks ....

  3. la90043

    la90043 Member

    Back Country Navigator is a great app I use with the Galaxy 4 & 5
  4. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

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  5. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ~Shoveling Snow~ Moderator

    Even though I have unlimited data and am able to use Google for navigation, I also sport the CoPilot for North America. I can put the phone in Airplane mode and it will still navigate the course as well as reroute as necessary. I know non North American versions are more expensive, but I can't imagine they aren't worth it. It is now my go to navigation app for the $10 I spent.
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  6. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    Ten quid is reasonable, but it's near double that over here. When you factor in exchange rate, it equates to about $30.
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  7. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ~Shoveling Snow~ Moderator

    I'm not sure data rates over your side of the pond. When my oldest stepson get's his first bit over 2GB it's a $10 hit to my bill, and again each time thereafter he goes over the additional GB. Most of his usage outside of streaming music (what's wrong with the radio:confused::mad:) is navigation and the app will quickly paid for itself when I make him buy it on his phone too.
  8. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    I'm loling at your situation now, but I envisage I'll be in a similar predicament in a few years. :( :p
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  9. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Best Answer
    It really does depend on what you want to do with GPS:

    * I find "GPS Status" a useful diagnostic tool, and a quick way for force refresh AGPS data.

    * I don't have any GPS apps for hiking, geotagging, monitoring my runs, etc, but there are apps for all of this.

    * For online search and navigation Google Maps is pretty good, but does have odd failures in its data (I've met a surprising number of places where is has the location of commercial premises incorrect by tens and occasionally hundreds of meters, and these are not things that have moved, just incorrect).

    * Nokia's Here maps/navigation works pretty well and is free. Can also work completely offline, including for search and navigation. You do need to exit it when you have finished though, because it will stay live in the background and keep the GPS connection going (which means it doesn't have to re-search for your location when you turn the screen back on or switch back to it, so I'm guessing is a design decision, but could waste power if you are unaware. I've not tested whether it will eventually time out).

    * There are a number of Open Street Map based apps out there that can provide offline location, search and even navigation. OSM data can be more detailed and more accurate than Google in many cases, but I could imagine there may be places where it's the other way round. I have a copy of MAPS.ME, which works well offline, but navigation is still quite new (works, but doesn't at the moment provide the "heads up" view of most navigation systems). OSMAND is another popular Open Street Maps based app.

    * And as others have said, there are commercial offline navigation apps.

    * There are also specialist apps for e.g. tagging where you parked your car, but you can do that type of thing with many of the apps I've mentioned above if you can be bothered (I work on the principle that if I reach the point where I can't remember where I parked I probably shouldn't be driving anyway ;)).
  10. PattiCakeUS

    PattiCakeUS Well-Known Member

    Google Now can also tell you where you parked, if you enable parking reminders. I'm directionally challenged & so is my best friend, so I've used this a few times, it's really handy!

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