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Old 17-04-2012, 8:56 AM
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Default Free Sat Nav on Android

http://www.expansys.com/navfree/
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NavFree is the world’s first FREE "onboard" professional GPS navigation software, with
turn-by-turn directions, voice guidance, auto-rerouting, live "Google" search, for the iPhone & iPad.
Simply enter your details below and we'll send you a link to the latest Android. Please open the link on an Android device to install the software (Android 2.2 or higher is supported). You can download and install maps after the software installation. Then you don't need to be connected to the Internet to navigate the maps

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Old 22-04-2012, 1:50 AM
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Default Is this the full App

Is this the full App or a 'lite' version?
Is it full of ads?

Has anyone tried it?
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Old 22-04-2012, 8:56 AM
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I downloaded this from: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ndroid.OSM.ALL (don't need to enter details like phone number, email like on expansys)

I can't recall if it has ad's but if it does they are not very noticeable.

You need 300MB free space (on SD card) to download the UK map.

I haven't actually tried using it for planning a route yet though but the link above has some reviews.
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Old 22-04-2012, 9:18 AM
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Is this the full App or a 'lite' version?
Is it full of ads?

Has anyone tried it?
I find this app very useful on my iphone. The only adverts it has are the little strips at the bottom when you go into menus. There are no ads on the maps when you are using it.

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Old 22-04-2012, 9:29 AM
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Got me to sons away footie match ok!
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Old 22-04-2012, 9:44 AM
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I downloaded it a while ago, it also has walking directions which is very useful to me! I do not have a sim in my tab so anything that manages to give directions without one is good for me!
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Old 23-04-2012, 7:20 PM
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Tried NavFree and it is quite good, I have recently changed to Waze. As well as being a satnav it allows you to report traffic issues...


https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.waze&hl=en

"When you download Waze, you not only get a free GPS traffic & navigation app, but also become part of the local driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas, and improve everyone's daily commute!
Features:
* Real-time traffic information and road reports + notifications when approaching police traps, speed cams, heavy traffic or hazards on the road
* Free GPS & traffic-avoiding navigation featuring voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions
* Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change to save you time and gas
* The ability to create or join local driving groups, plus the option to link up with other drivers for carpooling
* Foursquare, Twitter & Facebook integration, plus fun, geo-gaming elements
* The most fun way time on the road save money on gas
How Does it Work?
Just like your standard GPS device! After typing in your destination address, just drive with the app open on your phone to passively contribute traffic and other road data, but you can also take a more active role by sharing road reports on accidents, police traps, or any other hazards along the way, helping to give other users in the area a 'heads-up' about what's to come."
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Old 08-06-2012, 5:59 PM
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Tried NavFree and it is quite good, I have recently changed to Waze. As well as being a satnav it allows you to report traffic issues...


https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.waze&hl=en

"When you download Waze, you not only get a free GPS traffic & navigation app, but also become part of the local driving community in your area, joining forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas, and improve everyone's daily commute!
Features:
* Real-time traffic information and road reports + notifications when approaching police traps, speed cams, heavy traffic or hazards on the road
* Free GPS & traffic-avoiding navigation featuring voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions
* Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change to save you time and gas
* The ability to create or join local driving groups, plus the option to link up with other drivers for carpooling
* Foursquare, Twitter & Facebook integration, plus fun, geo-gaming elements
* The most fun way time on the road save money on gas
How Does it Work?
Just like your standard GPS device! After typing in your destination address, just drive with the app open on your phone to passively contribute traffic and other road data, but you can also take a more active role by sharing road reports on accidents, police traps, or any other hazards along the way, helping to give other users in the area a 'heads-up' about what's to come."
I have just discovered this app so will be testing it out locally. How have you found it? is it as good as the hype?

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Old 10-06-2012, 8:30 AM
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Android comes with sat nav built in, so you do not need to download another app.
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Old 11-06-2012, 1:56 PM
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Android's sat nav (I'll ignore any HTC/Samsung own brand stuff) downloads maps on the go (though there is a way to pre-cache) so there's a risk that you'll go over any data allowance, or, be in the middle of nowhere, with no data connection, and no map!
Nav-Free, as mentioned above, stores the map on your phone more like a traditional sat nav device, so has a distinct advantage.
Depends where you travel of course, but I've found it to be very good for travelling with good guidance and maps, and a clear display and quick GPS update. A lot of this depends on what device you run it on of course.
I also like Waze, which is sortof social sat nav, where you help create the mapping, and can report traffic jams and roadworks etc to other Waze users. Mapping and guidance is pretty good, but navigation isn't as full featured by a long way. Good for keeping you updated with traffic on the commute without waiting for a traffic report on the radio though!
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Old 12-06-2012, 7:48 PM
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Been using Nav Free for a year or so now, on both 3GS and S2 and find it great - takes a while to get the TomTom style out of my head having used that for years but like this one -Android version still a little behind the ios version but its catching up
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The native android maps/navigation app is pretty damn good...
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Old 13-06-2012, 12:50 PM
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Does this only cover the UK?

I'm going to Orlando in the summer - can I use a system such as this on my iphone rather than hiring a Satnav off the car hire people (in effect it would be cheaper for me to buy a satnav in the US< but I've got to navigate to a store first!).

When I'm using something like Navfree, do I need data roaming for the GPS to work, or can I turn this off whilst I'm abroad to avoid roaming data costs.
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Old 13-06-2012, 9:26 PM
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Does any of these cover Ireland?
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Old 13-06-2012, 9:39 PM
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i have downloaded this free navfree several times now and when it has installed i ask it to open and it sends me to my hotmail account, where the link was; or if i say 'done' it goes to the navfree icon, which when i touch it to open, just stays on my menu screen after a brief flicker.

What am i doing wrong please someone techy and knowledgeable
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Old 14-06-2012, 8:16 AM
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The Nav Free does not need data roaming - I use it on my tab and that has no sim in it.

My current download is UK and ROI.

You would have to check whether it includes the USA - it is not on my list of downloadable maps.

As for safetygirl - what phone and what platform?
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Old 14-06-2012, 12:42 PM
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Jo4 - yes, NavFree and Waze cover Ireland.
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Jo4 - yes, NavFree and Waze cover Ireland.
Is there any free sat nav which can be used on an iphone in Ireland?
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Waze is available for iPhone, but I don't have an iPhone...
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Waze is available for iPhone, but I don't have an iPhone...
Is there a direct link for iphones because I can't find it?
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