Alternatives to Google Maps

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  1. fishcad

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    I stuck with Blackberry for years because I didn't have to put any of my information in the cloud. The downside is BB's poor web browsing. I just got a Droid Mini (because it's small) and installed DejaOffice so I could sync my calendar and contacts to Outlook on my computer without giving all my information to Google. Now Google Maps will not work without syncing all my dates and contacts. Does anyone have a stand-alone map app that they like and does not require giving up your privacy? If not I'll just have to pull out the Garmin every time I need to find a business.
     
  2. Ollie

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    Nokia has the maps app called Here. The maps are even downloadable for offline use which saves you data.

    It works as well as GMaps.
     
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    I haven't tried Ollie's suggestion of "Here" myself, because I gave in and drank the Google koolaid years ago, but I've heard great things about it and seen glowing reviews. That'd be my suggestion as well.
     
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    A former Maps and VZnav user that has switched to Now. It's pretty generic vs the others but what it does it does correctly without a bunch of hassle and need for a data connection with its ability to download the map in advance vs just a tiny cache of Maps ability.
    As far as the Maps requiring all your info?[​IMG]

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    The other syncing can be selectively turned off. You CAN use the Google maps without sharing anything else. Accounts - tap the Google account - tap on your account - uncheck what you do want syncing.
     
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    I downloaded Nokia Here the day I heard about it and am impressed with it so far. I've only done my commute routes so far with it, but it's been accurate so far. The best part is the offline maps feature so I plan on keeping it as a backup.
     
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    Same here, I downloaded it but haven't used it. I like the offline map feature, that's why I have it as a backup map program. However, nothing will ever replace Google Maps for me.
     
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    Here is a great (and free) Maps alternative that will get you from point A to B, it also tells you the speed limit on most roads which is something Maps doesn't do.
     
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    I use Waze. I also use Google Maps. Both work for my purposes.
     
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