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    • rwalton159
    • By rwalton159 12th Jan 13, 9:56 AM
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    Best Android Sat Nav App
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    • 12th Jan 13, 9:56 AM
    Best Android Sat Nav App 12th Jan 13 at 9:56 AM
    What's the best Sat Nav app for Android please?

    I tried Co Pilot and found it useless.
    I then Waze and Googlemaps but they rely on mobile data and the connection can drop whilst driving (even in 2013 no network is perfect).

    I am now trying Tom Tom and Navfree.

    What do members recommend please?
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    • DUTR
    • By DUTR 12th Jan 13, 10:11 AM
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    Navfree has not let me down yet, googlemaps is good but you don't want to use data, Sygic is good, it depends if you want to pay something towards your convenience.
    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 12th Jan 13, 11:45 AM
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    Its between google maps and tomtom in my opinion
    • savemoney
    • By savemoney 12th Jan 13, 11:56 AM
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    • 12th Jan 13, 11:56 AM
    I use sygic on mine found it good when we went on holiday last Summer
    • rwalton159
    • By rwalton159 12th Jan 13, 5:39 PM
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    • 12th Jan 13, 5:39 PM
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    • 12th Jan 13, 5:39 PM
    Many thanks for the feedback.
  • luci
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    • 12th Jan 13, 6:42 PM
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    • 12th Jan 13, 6:42 PM
    I've only tried a couple. The one that was installed on the phone was useless as it took half a mile to find location.

    Tried M8 and found it quite good.
    • rwalton159
    • By rwalton159 13th Jan 13, 1:08 PM
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    • 13th Jan 13, 1:08 PM
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    • 13th Jan 13, 1:08 PM
    Any other feedback please?
    • MoneySavingUser
    • By MoneySavingUser 13th Jan 13, 3:06 PM
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    • 13th Jan 13, 3:06 PM
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    • 13th Jan 13, 3:06 PM
    I installed navfree as you can download the maps at home so don't need a data connection - though tbh I haven't had a need to actually use it so can't comment on how good the directions are
  • kelfen
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    • 13th Jan 13, 3:17 PM
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    • 13th Jan 13, 3:17 PM
    I have navfree too, it doesn't always recognise house numbers but it will direct near perfectly to the bit of the road you need to be on.
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    • rwalton159
    • By rwalton159 13th Jan 13, 6:25 PM
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    I have navfree too, it doesn't always recognise house numbers but it will direct near perfectly to the bit of the road you need to be on.
    Originally posted by kelfen
    Yes, I found that yesterday when testing it. Problem is it said I had arrived at my destination when I was at the back of the house I was going to and on a different road.

    Also, it did not redirect my route quick enough when I didn't make the turn it wanted me to.

    Waze and Googlemaps are better. I use GG so don't have a real issue with data useage - more of a concern with disconnection i.e. at a local sports centre the data signal is impaired by the building.
    • ciderboy2009
    • By ciderboy2009 13th Jan 13, 8:39 PM
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    Sygic is by far the beast Android sat nav I've come across but it has one major failing - night mode is far too bright. Mind you, I am using it on a Nexus 7 so it's a fairly large screen.

    Hopefully they'll sort it out soon.
    • imr4n
    • By imr4n 13th Jan 13, 9:28 PM
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    Ive used Copilot for a couple of years and has never let me down.
    • Lifes Grand Plan
    • By Lifes Grand Plan 13th Jan 13, 9:59 PM
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    OP, you do realise that even though Google maps and Waze need data connection.... they will both still work if your data connection drops out...

    GMaps is great but I use Waze personally, it's excellent with the traffic updates and rerouting.
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    • Lifes Grand Plan
    • By Lifes Grand Plan 13th Jan 13, 10:00 PM
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    Sygic is by far the beast Android sat nav I've come across .
    Originally posted by ciderboy2009
    What makes it so good?
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    • misiek404
    • By misiek404 13th Jan 13, 10:12 PM
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    GMaps is great but I use Waze personally, it's excellent with the traffic updates and rerouting.
    Originally posted by Lifes Grand Plan
    I use Waze too. It is pretty decent although it has annoying popup traffic messages quite often. I switched them off in the settings but they still come up occasionally
    • mealmond
    • By mealmond 14th Jan 13, 7:32 AM
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    Hi

    I use Co-Pilot and have for a few years.

    Never had a problem, takes me where I need to go and accepts house numbers.

    Some people give bad reviews, each to their own, I have had a look at Tom Tom recently, but I cannot see it doing anything better.


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    • Stooby2
    • By Stooby2 14th Jan 13, 8:48 AM
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    The big problem with any of the Satnav system that use data is that when there's a major holdup, the local cell becomes very rapidly overloaded by all the users stuck in traffic, trying to use Googlemaps to find a way out, update Facebook about the queue, etc, so the data flow stops or becomes incredibly slow. (A bit like Central London at lunchtime). Personally I'd go for TomTom or something similar.
    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 14th Jan 13, 9:48 AM
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    The big problem with any of the Satnav system that use data is that when there's a major holdup, the local cell becomes very rapidly overloaded by all the users stuck in traffic, trying to use Googlemaps to find a way out, update Facebook about the queue, etc, so the data flow stops or becomes incredibly slow. (A bit like Central London at lunchtime). Personally I'd go for TomTom or something similar.
    Originally posted by Stooby2
    If you download the Google Maps that cover your route that becomes a non issue :-)
    • Stooby2
    • By Stooby2 14th Jan 13, 11:08 AM
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    That's great until you're diverted off your route along with a whole motorway full of other drivers.
  • terminology
    This may or may not be any help for people but if your finding that your GPS is a little laggy you can always change the GPS servers internally on the phone for example if you are in the UK and not Europe you can change the servers to UK servers by modifying the NTP_SERVER line in the .config file.
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