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I use my Android phone for navigation quite often.
Overall, it is a very pleasant experience. It has always been quick and accurate. Newer versions of the Maps app allow you to download maps to use offline for areas where you'll be travelling. Otherwise, you'll need to use mobile data. I've found that it uses very little data overall, though.
One of the benefits to using an Android phone as a GPS is that if you use data, your phone will have real-time access to traffic data. When it plots the route, it'll take the usual traffic patterns for your route into account and pick the quickest one accordingly. If traffic changes due to unexpected congestion or a crash, it will figure out the new fastest route and ask if you'd like to switch to the new route or stick with the old one.
It also works well with voice commands. If you use the 'OK Google' search box on the phone's home screen, you can just tell it something like "Navigate to Toronto" or "Navigate to the nearest McDonald's", and it will fire up the Maps app and plot a route to where you told it you want to go.
I had the similar dilemma a year back and I used my android to see how it works but honestly I had few nitpicking issues and switched to GPS.
1. Whenever I used android, I was really annoyed when I got/made phone calls when I was middle of downtown with tricky streets. the navigation paused allowing me to attend the call and missed some turns.
2. Battery life was getting tanked.
3. Same as 1, with phone as GPS, I lose the functionality of having a mobile while it is being used for GPS. So when my daughters ask "Are we there yet?", I cannot give my android to her so that she can play some games.
4. Also when I go to long trips, I prefer to have some backup and so with GPS, I have phone as back up for navigation.
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I used to have TomTom's, and I loved 'em.
But updating maps? OUCH!
Now I have Here Maps[^] on my tablet and phone instead.
The interface isn't as good but once you get your head round it, it works well.
And map updates are free and you can use it offline (which is a major plus compared to the Google effort).
It's got some nice touches as well, such as a "speed bong" which sounds to tell you you are exceeding the speed limit. Or rather, tell Herself I'm exceeding the speed limit...
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You can get a decent Garmin for less than $200 with free lifetime map updates. I hate using the nav on my phone. The screen is smaller, and it doesn't appear to be as accurate as the dedicated nav device.
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I have one, and only one, complaint against the Garmin device: You enter the destination address in the same order as you would commonly speak it over the telephone to someone.
TomTom and Magellan do that exactly backwards, and I truly feel that that is the better way.
i.e., (in the USA) you enter...
First the state or zip code
Next the city
Next the street
Last the numeric ID (e.g., street number)
If Garmin has made that a configurable option in recent editions (i.e., you can change it to entering the address in reverse order) please correct me. I like everything else Garmin does with their units.
After my TomTom died a year ago I've been using my phone.
I did end up paying for the TomTom app after becoming dissatisfied with the free options.
Googlemaps doesn't understand smooth automatic zooming. It would wait until an intersection was about 3/4ths of the way down the screen and then abruptly zoom in again to show it in more detail. The sudden change at the edge of my vision would cause my hunter/gatherer brain to jerk my eyes off the road to see what it was.
Waze failed as a roadtrip app, and I don't need a GPS for my daily commute. A few hours before I paid up for TomTom I tried planning a trip to somewhere about 6 hours drive away. The night before it came up with a stupid all interstate route (an interesting change from local driving where it likes to find the most obscure back streets to use) that was I70-DC Beltway[^]-I95 instead of cutting sideways across secondary roads far enough away to avoid the insanity. Its find an alternate route feature repeatedly timed out. The next morning I gave a final try, and it timed out trying to find even a first route. Also, it's color scheme was outright hideous.
Edit: I've thought about buying a new TomTom mostly because I can leave it on my dash between stops without worrying about it being stolen unlike my phone; but for 2 or 3 trips a year can't be elephanted to bother.
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I know some of you will laugh at this but this is serious. I've done Nuclear Power Software in the past ( Nuclear Safety Systems ). I just wanted to remind you fellow cpians that are doing software in industries that might attract terrorist to re-think your decision and maybe change jobs ! No, CHANGE JOBS ! Especially if you live in the USA. Mommys little monsters are moving up the world of Terrorism these days and its getting real !
The NSA, CIA, Military(DOD) and DIA seem to not be able to do much about these "Candy" Socialist that are on the Fed Payroll ! Some of them get a little freaked out about Suicide Clusters (NOT WHERE I LIVE )and might hold you hostage !!!!
Once again, I'm posting this message so you can re-think the software position that you might have.
Good luck !
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