Sat Nav on Desire


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  1. wimpythewhite

    wimpythewhite Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Used it for the first time ever last night and apart from the annoying womans voice it was bang on. As good as any stand alone Sat Nav device I have used. Might need to get a decent cradle for it to sit in though
     

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  2. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Well-Known Member

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    I agree, the navigation with googlemaps is very good, I realise that its let down by the fact that if you go off course, it has to use data to download more map info, and therefore needs you to have a mobile signal, but in my experience it works well, i hardly ever deviate from the recommended course and when i have, ive always had a signal anyway, so no problem. For a free peice of software its amazing value.
     
  3. billy1561

    billy1561 Well-Known Member

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    One thing to be wary of though is the possible high data use if on an extended journey.
    As a nav it is great as the map is always up to date unlike some car sat navs.
    The voice is boring agreed lol.
     
  4. Kev23

    Kev23 Well-Known Member

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    I've done a couple a couple of tests and data usage wasn't too bad...... 25 min journey used about half a mb.
    Although def worth keeping an eye on for longer journeys, as billy says

    Anyone found a windscreen mount that has some sort of speaker?
     
  5. samdale36

    samdale36 Well-Known Member

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    I recently got this: FoneM8 - HTC Desire PREMIUM Dedicated Windscreen Mount: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

    They have the same one on mobilefun but it is more expensive and they said they were unable to match the price. Works perfectly; great fit (but you cant have the phone in a case at the same time).

    In response to being careful of data usage on long journeys, I did 300 miles the other day 7.56 MB. Not bad considering my 500 MB limit works out at about 15 MB per day. That was with me deviating from the set route once.
     
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    SL4VE Well-Known Member

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    I had to do a 600 mile trip recently and my tomtom broke. My desire was flawless as a replacement and used a univerdsl dock without any issues at all. Was pleasantly impressed. I also love the way maps zoom in when you come off motorways and into urban roads.
     
  7. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member

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    Fellas - when talking about data usage am I right in thinking that if you set your route when connected to wifi and then make your journey (and don't deviate) then you don't use any data? Or have I got that all wrong?! :eek:

    Also, how are you adding a destination to navigate to? As far as I can see I can only add if I have either a contact's address stored on the phone or I click on a point on the map?
     
  8. billy1561

    billy1561 Well-Known Member

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    Wozza open up maps then directions and put in your destination.
    Also I am pretty sure that as the phone is in contact with the sat nav throughout the journey it will incur data usage.
     
  9. billy1561

    billy1561 Well-Known Member

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    Menu before directions sorry.
     
  10. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member

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    Cheers Billy - had seen that but didn't realise it let you navigate to a postcode but it obviously does! I guess what's missing is that you then can't add a house number like on a satnav device.

    Still - I shouldn't complain, my satnav doesn't read out the road names like the Desire does (even if it is in that robotic slightly slurred voice)!
     
  11. billy1561

    billy1561 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah it's not without its faults Wozza but for free it's a bargain.
     
  12. Vicdude

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    Are you able to change the voice at all? Afterall, the whole Android ethic is that it is meant to be fully customizable system isn't it :D
     
  13. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member

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    Not that I know of at the moment!
     
  14. samdale36

    samdale36 Well-Known Member

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    I think the problem is that the voice on Google navigation is essentially "reading" the driving instructions. In comparson, SatNavs such as Tomtom record certain phrases so can use real voices. Thats why Google nav is able to say names of individual streets.

    I presume that means u are stuck with computerised synthetic voices. Can anyone prove me wrong - it would be great if more natural computerised voices could be used.
     
  15. KING LUFF

    KING LUFF Well-Known Member

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    Used mine yesterday and it was spot on! I also like to set an icon on my home screen simply called "Home" and set it to my home address. Very usefull
     
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    jabtas Well-Known Member

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    Another great feature I have just discovered, you can search for shops etc, it must tie in with local directories
    Try a search for B&Q, Burger King and so on, and it will find the nearest to you
     
  17. snowmobile

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    I've done that too :D
     
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    That's right. Personally I don't mind the voice. I'll never look back to my old satnav after using Google navigation as it's so much easier when signs and road names are read out.
     
  19. Jason71

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    I have a TOMTOM live which I still use for preference mainly due to the HD traffic (that I have to pay for of course). It has a permanent GPRS connection and built in Google search so it also can also do the whole search for the nearest B&Q thing which was a revelation when I first got it, but I still have to agree. For free Google Maps Navigation is awesome and makes more basic PNDs obsolete.
    Just make sure you get a charger that the phone recognises as an AC charger not a USB one or the battery will go flat even when on charge while navigating. HTC CC C200 is excellent and inexpensive.
     
  20. Eris Ed

    Eris Ed Well-Known Member

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    I haven't used the sat nav properly to plan a journey yet, but I'm a little unsure about the options on my phone.

    I have a Desire on an Orange Panther contract, which includes Orange maps and Orange Sat Nav. The phone itself comes with Google Maps and Navigation.

    The Orange map is slightly different to Google Maps, so I assume they are different systems.

    I suppose the big difference will be the data use. The Panther talk plan includes Sat Nav, so I'm assuming that I can use the service without using my 500mb monthly daya allowance, but using the Google service would use my data allowance instead.

    Can anyone confirm if this is the case?
     
  21. nacatomi

    nacatomi Well-Known Member

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    Yes this is true. When I was with Orange i got the app with no data charges, its free on all panther plans. If you want traffic\speed cams it costs and extra
     
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  23. billy1561

    billy1561 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah and me! Very useful when in the middle of a place you have never been to.
     
  24. Vicdude

    Vicdude Well-Known Member

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    I use orange maps and it's ok but I have noticed of late that it spends more time "down" than functioning.
    I also find it a little slow. When going round roundabouts, I often take the wrong exit as I glance at the screen as I am going round, see what I think is the route to take exit the roundabout to find that I have come off early due to an un expected lag.
    I could always go round the island slower lol :D
     
  25. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good - how's that done?!
     

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