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Google Navigation features vs VZNavigator

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by cdf3, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. cdf3

    cdf3 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I thought for sure I was going to ditch VZNavigator once I got my Android device with free Google Navigation.
    I'm still undecided if I want to get rid of VZNavigator.

    These are some comparisons I was doing between the two while driving out of town.

    Driving Off Route:
    I deliberately drove off course to see what would happen...

    VZNavigator will sound an audible alert if I drive off course. It will alert me to make the next legal U-Turn. If I continue to drive off course, it will recalculate the route and proceed with new directions as an alternate route to my destination.
    Google Navigation never sounded an audible alert, nor did it inform me that I had driven off course. It simply recalculated another route on its own.

    Repeat driving steps
    If I wasn't able to clearly hear the next driving step..

    If I was giving the next set of audible directions I could easily have VZNavigator repeat them by tapping the screen.
    I was not able to find a way to get Google Nav to repeat my upcoming turn if I didn't catch it the first time.

    List View
    Switching from Nav view to List view...

    With VZNavigator I could simply swipe the screen to the left to view the directions in list view, then swipe back to the right to go back to navigation view.
    With Google Nav I had to go through several menu options to do the same. There were times when I would see an icon in the lower right corner that I could tap on to switch. Is there a faster way?

    Speedometer
    How fast am I going..
    VZNavigator could actually report how fast I was going. It was pretty accurate too. Google Nav does not seem to have that feature. It's not a deal breaker for me, since it's not a feature I won't use much anyway. It's still good to have it as an option. Good way of seeing how fast the driver is going while riding on a charter bus. LOL

    There were a few other features that VZNavigator had that I liked as well.
    I do like how Google Nav gives me the option to view my route in Satellite View. I do like how loud and clear the Google Nav app gives directions. VZNavigator turned all the way up to the max is still not as loud as it should be.

    They're both nice apps, but VZNavigator seems to give the best option in regards to navigation and staying on course.
     

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  2. jimdroid

    jimdroid Android Expert

    Good report, thanks.

    The only thing I really wish that GN did was to have a way to repeat the voice instructions.
    I can live without the speedometer and the recalc announcement (though they would be nice).
     
  3. cdf3

    cdf3 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I agree. I really wish it would allow me to manually repeat the next step. There are times when someone in the car could be taking, causing me to not hear the next step. There is no way to have it repeat that step. I would then have to read the next step. In doing so, this defeats the propose of true voice navigation.
     
  4. GODMODE

    GODMODE Well-Known Member

    It doesn't really sound like you have a choice to make .
     
  5. cdf3

    cdf3 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I'm hoping they add that feature in. If it's already implemented, it would be nice if I knew how to make it repeat directions.
     
  6. ranova

    ranova Android Enthusiast

    wish GN had ETA time of arrival and showed a bar on the side of the screen with live traffic instead of having you press the little button
     
  7. MarkHirt

    MarkHirt Guest

    Google Navigation, $free
    VZNavigator, $10 (a month)

    Actually being able to follow directions given by either, priceless
     
  8. reinbeau

    reinbeau Klaatu barada nikto

    I wish I could easily get back to the navigation screen in Google Nav, I find the GPS interfaces very difficult to use on Android. How I wish Garmin would port to Android :(


    ETA What is VZNavigator? Doesn't show up in the market.
     
  9. ranova

    ranova Android Enthusiast

    verizon phones only

    if you want the generic nav interface, navigon, copilot and aura sygic are pretty dead on
     
  10. reinbeau

    reinbeau Klaatu barada nikto

    Thank you, I'll check them out - but what about VZNavigator? Is that just for Verizon?
     
  11. MarkHirt

    MarkHirt Guest

    yes
     
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