Thoughts on Google Navigation.

Discussion in 'Android Applications Discussions' started by ronimous, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. omnibus

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    On a planned trip from Gillette, WY to Phoenix AZ area the directions given by MS streets & trips are nearly 200 miles shorter.

    Is there a way to edit the Google results by using "via's"
     
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    One thing that I did not like about navigator is that it does not automatically dim the screen at night. When it gets dark bright screen is becoming annoying very quickly.

    On a contrary – I like how it changing scale depending on your speed.
     
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    What Google really should do is to allow you to plot the route in Google maps (where you can drag it around every which way you want), save it and then retrieve it from the phone.

    That would be awesome…

    :)
     
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    ive used the nav once. it did eat my battery and i dont have a dock so i just held it in my lab. it worked really well. took me right to my apartment. i was in a building at school today and the GPS MY Location thing was off. but other than that it has been on the spot.

    another thing. the best thing is, this is only the beta version. i cant wait until the update comes out!
     
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    I can already do this on my Garmin nav unit using MSN Direct (which is going away in 2012, like the rest of the world), but it only works using Bing :icon_evil:

    The feature is awesome and I'd hope Google adds it.
     
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    When I use the GPS Nav feature on the phone my car/blue arrow always seems to be at the bottom of the screen, is there a way for it to be centered on the screen, I think the GPS units I have from TomTom and Navigon do this, also can you zoom in more on the roads so the names are easier to see? When I use the zoom button then the movement for the arrow seems to get jerky and not smooth.
     
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    I prefer to have the vehicle represented on the bottom of the screen. That allows you to see more of the upcoming places, rather than show where you have already been.
     
  8. jeepwagoneer

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    Hello everyone. This is my first post so hang in there. Like everyone else I was surprised that no one has commented on this. I drive a lot. Self employed sales guy. I hadn't purchased a nav unit but had a storm (which I gave back for the droid) loaded with Nav4all (hated it).

    Personally, If this is beta I can't imagine what they are going to put in the final release. Here is my Pros and Con list:

    Pro's:
    * It's familiar. Used Google maps often
    *As accurate as Google Maps
    *Love the search feature
    *Like the ability to follow myself with the sat view
    *Love that in sat mode I see the names of many of the companies around me
    *I think its paid for itself in fuel money already
    *Recalc is really fast. Better than my partners TomTom

    Cons:
    *Menus can get a little clunky
    *As accurate as Google maps
    *No auto dim or night mode
    *Would like some more voice choices (not really a con)

    I just hope it's still free when it's released.
    *
     
  9. liguy257

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    It better still be free!! Is that really a possibility? I'm already ripping myself for the extra $30/month I'm spending for the data plan, I don't want to pay for anything else. I'm not sure how the nav compares to separate units but I used it today and it worked perfectly. I don't need it that often but it's great to have.
     
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    I don't think it's fair to compare this to a dedicated piece of hardware such as Garmin or tom tom, that's all they do. I compare the beta to 3rd party Copilot 7 software I used in my newly retired Q9c. The beta simply blows Copilot out of the water. As far as battery life while driving how hard is it to plug in the charger? There are plenty of options out there for those who want every thing right now, Myself I think this just ROCKS!
     
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    I would have the data plan regaurdless.
     
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    Why is this not fair? They are meant to perform the same task.
     
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