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What are the best GPS apps?


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  1. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm planning a mini road trip this weekend and I want to use it as a way to test out the GPS capabilities on the phone. I'd like to be able to replace my Magellan entirely. The maps are a bit out of date and it would be nice to have one less device to carry around.

    I tried both NDrive and GMaps. I was unimpressed with both of them. Both were much more difficult to program than my Magellan when I tried programming them manually. NDrive was confusing to set up in the first place. GMaps worked quite nicely with voice programming, but I have no clue what commands I've got beyond that. NDrive didn't support this at all. On my Magellan I can give voice commands and have it pull up the POIs at the next exit so I can see not only where the next gas station is, but where the next gas station is after that. (Extremely useful if you're on an eighth of a tank and don't know if you must stop at this exit or if there's another gas station 2 miles down the road.) The voice for GMaps is extremely annoying.

    I prefer free of course, but I'm more than willing to pay for a quality app if I can test it out before hand and make sure it does what I need it to do. Ideally I want the following:

    Voice programming - I want to be able to say "Go to 1234 Main st" or something similar and it go.

    Easy manual programming - I want to be able to easily enter destinations manually.

    Trip planning - I want to be able to program multiple destinations. I recently went to Chicago. With my Magellan, I was able to program all the places I wanted to go before hand so I just had to click on the tourist trap I wanted to see and it directed me there.

    Voice activation while driving - I drive alone most times. I'd like to be able to not have to take my eyes/attention off the road to search for the closest fast food place or gas station.

    Integration with the other parts of the OS - I want it to do the standard things like mute the music when it gives voice prompts and turn it back up when it's done, mute voice prompts when the phone rings, etc.....

    Any ideas on apps that will do all this?
     

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  2. blackvyper

    blackvyper Well-Known Member

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    Since you've ruled out Gmaps I can tell that you are very wise because once your internet cuts out on Gmaps it becomes as useless as trying to ski uphill in summer. To answer your question you can use CoPilot, Navigon or iGo MyWay. Each costs money which may be a drawback for you but each has POI's that will alert you when you are near restaurants, banks, parks etc. Navigon works very well for this.. allowing you to search for the above POI's and more along your route... it will even give you directions to them. I don't know of any voice activated GPS apps for Android that will navigate you to your desired address without a constant internet connection, but what's a few second typing in your destination anyway?
     
  3. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm not totally down on GMaps. I just don't like it compared to my Magellan. The Magellan has more accessible POIs. If I'm driving and I have to take my eyes and my attention off the road to search for the nearest gas station, that's a hazard.
     

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