Satnav for Android (free?)
I’ve finally joined the 21st century – any recommendations for an Android Satnav app for my new phone? One which has offline maps so doesn’t eat into my meagre data allowance, though online traffic updates would be nice. If free is too much moon on a stick, cheap would be good.
The phone comes with an installer for Wisepilot – is that any good? Though I suspect I’d have to pay to use that once installed.Posted 3 years agoaphex_2kMember
If you don’t like the stock Google nav voice have a look at Ivona text to speech. Much nicer than the bog standard robot.
OK Maps does cache areas but I can’t get it to plan a route when not online with either wifi or 3g. I’m sure there’s a method.
Navigon is quite good too. It’s free here in Oz but reasonably priced elsewhere.Posted 3 years agoV8_shin_printMember
Nav Free is a good backup for Google Maps for when you don’t have a phone signal or are in a different country, just make sure you have got all the maps and updates you need BEFORE you need to use it for the first time. I’ve been caught out a couple of times, it can refuse to work if it needs an update but it’s amazing considering the price. 🙂Posted 3 years ago
For Google Maps I think there is also a fairly small limit to how much you can cache. I have tried doing this for Ireland before and it won’t let me despite having gigs of space free on the phone. I think you can save pre-planned routes though, would be interesting to see how this copes with deviations.
Navfree worked well and gave me an alternative route off the motorway when there was an accident ahead and I selected the option not to use motorways (amusingly I did this just before a services and it routed me off through the services and back on again – presumably because this missed a bit of the motorway).
Am now trying to cache some google maps as an alternative – thanks for the tip – will try this sometime when I have time to monitor data usage. It would be nice to get the live traffic updates with this. Note that it seems you don’t actually need to type “okmaps” into search, as if you scroll down after selecting search there’s a “make this map area available offline” option.Posted 3 years ago
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