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    Should I have got a GPS unit instead?

    Guyz,

    I got my phone yesterday. It's my first smartphone. I am retiring at the end of June and assumed that I could use the phone to travel with to look up hotels and restaurants. I want to be able to locate a town ahead, say 30 miles away, and see what was available. Are there software or apps that will show things like that or will I have to get a GPS unit to do those kinds of things?

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    Welcome to the smartphone world. You don't need a separate GPS unit. If you open google maps, push a point on it (say, the next city), and then tap the icon in the upper left, you are given the option to search for places. You can find restaurants, bars, hotels, etc. Probably not the easiest to do while driving, but a guy can always pull over.

    I'm sure there are other apps that will do the same thing.

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    Thanks!

    *that's why I bought a wife to go with the phone*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macdiver View Post
    Thanks!

    *that's why I bought a wife to go with the phone*
    That, good sir, was funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macdiver
    Thanks!

    *that's why I bought a wife to go with the phone*
    That was hysterical!

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    Ok, I tried the installed Navigation app and that seems to just be directions like looking at a map. I called Verizon and they said there is VZ Navigator but there is a $5 monthy fee for that.

    Edit: Duh,there are apps in the store. I was getting bummed and kinda panicky about the phone and didn't look there. Any recommendations on any?
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    You definitely do not need to subscribe to vz navigator. Google navigation works as good if not better. I use it so much, I do it without thinking but I will do I test run and report back with a few step by steps.

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    Ok, here goes...
    -open Google maps, it will pinpoint and zoom into your current location on the map.
    -in the top left corner, click on the (touch) map icon and it will give you several options, one which is "places"
    -in "places" you can select restaurants, shopping, etc.
    -while in "places" you can open the phone menu and select "add a search" to add different types of places that you most likely would look for such as pizza, gas stations, ATM's, hotels, etc.
    -select what you are looking for (ie. Hotels) and you will be given a list of all the hotels in the near vicinity. By default it lists closest ones first but you can also sort by price, rating, neighborhoods (which will then give you a list of nearby towns).
    -once you decide which place you want to go to, when you select it, you will be given details about the place and choices of whether you want directions, a map, or if you want to call the place.
    -if you want to navigate to that place, select directions, on the next screen on bottom right select "get directions"
    -on the next map showing the route, select the "navigate" blue arrow in the top right and you will get street by street directions.

    The possibilities of what you can do are almost endless.

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    Very nice writeup.

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    Thanks Wally. Some of these things are so automatic for me, I don't even think about it. I have to deliberately go step by step to figure out exactly what it is I do. It really is a complete travel guide though.

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