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henoch
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 1551

4/12/18 7:48 AM

There is one other (sometime) downside that I have found with using my phone for nav, (actually a couple) it eats up your data pretty fast so if you aren't on a unlimited plan you have to keep an eye on that, but my bigger issue is that sometimes I will get. phone call or something right when I need. to make a turn and then I can't see the map, not a big deal usually but it has happened occasionally.

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6383
Location: Westchester/NYC

4/12/18 1:22 PM


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my bigger issue is that sometimes I will get. phone call or something right when I need. to make a turn and then I can't see the map

I've had that happened (for the first time recently).

I made the choice of NOT answering the call but concentrate on driving. Yes, the screen got obscured for a moment. But the voice instruction was good enough to keep me on track.

Depending on which in-car nav system you have, the same problem can be present there too. Mine does. Though instead of the entire screen got obscured, only part of the screen got covered up. Slightly better I guess.

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sanrensho
Joined: 20 Feb 2004
Posts: 808
Location: North Vancouver

4/12/18 1:27 PM

The data usage issue can be addressed by using a navigation app with offline maps, such as CoPilot (which I have used and can recommend).

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6383
Location: Westchester/NYC

4/12/18 3:53 PM

I have the lowest data plan on my phone, split between me and my Mom. I rarely come close to my limits except when I was on extended travel and was using the MIFI device (personal hot spot teetered to the laptop) to work remotely.

If you do streaming and such, I suspect your data usage will be dominated by that instead of the nav function.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16545
Location: Portland, OR

4/12/18 4:51 PM

I am not as concerned about data use as needing the map data if out in the boonies and no service to upload the next segment to the app. Thus my previous comment. Google maps allows for DL of map segments, but you have to manage refreshing them. They are 30 days available, then you have to diddle. PITA if you have a lot of them.

I have also used PDF maps in the phone, no placement via GPS. But I used maps to find myself for a few years before GPS came along. And charts for seat of the pants in the puddle jumpers.

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Steve B.
Joined: 19 Jan 2004
Posts: 695
Location: Long Island, NY

4/12/18 5:37 PM

Ditto Co-Pilot. The maps reside on the phone and Iíve found the functionality to be far superior to any Garmin car unit Iíve ever used. $10 and free updates maps forever, as far as I know.

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Marc N.
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 443
Location: Israel

4/12/18 9:07 PM

Waze

I don`t know if it is just us, but in Israel everyone uses Waze and I find it flawless. Since it is an active app, not only does it give directions, but also traffic conditions, accidents, speed traps, etc. If there is an accident, it will immediately correct and send you to an alternate route. When I was last in the U.S. I used it without incident. It is a great app.

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