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Posted: 05/08/11 06:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ennajean wrote:

Love our garmin but still have map handy.

Ditto!!!!!

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Posted: 05/08/11 06:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Google system needs cell coverage in order to download, one time, the directions for the chosen route. After you have the driving directions, all it really needs is the GPS signal. You can lose the cell coverage and it will still navigate the preloaded directions. However, if you deviate from your route, it will know where you (via the GPS) are but it won't have the ability to come up with amended directions.

I'm not sure but I think you could still look at the indicator of where you are, and simply follow the map till you get back on the highlighted route. Not optimal, that's for sure.

The worst is if there is no cell coverage when you are trying to set up your route. In that case you simply can't do it.

I read a description of this on the Google Mobile website but couldn't find it just now to cite it for this discussion.


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Posted: 05/08/11 07:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ennajean wrote:

Love our garmin but still have map handy.


I love my Garmin (aka Karen), but DW keeps HER maps handy.


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Posted: 05/09/11 06:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't use Google for navigation, didn't even know there was one. I have Sprint cell service and use Sprint navigation. I may be cell based, I don't know, don't care. It works and I don't have to buy anything extra.





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Google Maps is better for trip planning ahead of time in my opinion. It will give you alternative routes and if you don't like them you can click-hold on the route map and drag a point to another location like a town you might want to go through on the way and get another route.

We like to stay completely off the Interstates and I find the Garmin, especially if you use fastest route, will always push you to the Interstates and other major highways even when in fact they are not the fastest way to go. Selecting the shortest route can create some very interesting and challenging routes but not always what you might desire.

Garmin is terrible in cities. For one it chooses so called fastest routes but prioritizes to major routes and does not take in consideration stop lights. In my metro area where I know my way around intimately I have tested it extensively to determine that.


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Posted: 05/09/11 06:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a TomTom XXL with lifetime maps and I find it very reliable. I like it better than a Garmin. I will not go anywhere without it on a trip. POI factory is great. You can add specialty sites to your GPS so finding sites you like to go to is easy.


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Posted: 05/09/11 11:00am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

topless wrote:

I don't use Google for navigation, didn't even know there was one. I have Sprint cell service and use Sprint navigation. I may be cell based, I don't know, don't care. It works and I don't have to buy anything extra.


If your phone is Android based, then it probably is using Google Navigation. If not Android, then I dunno.

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Posted: 05/09/11 11:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a Blackberry 8530 phone. It's not one of the new phones that use Android operating system.

Sprint Navigation It works and does everything that it says it does. I looked, can't find where it says it's cell service based.

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Posted: 05/09/11 11:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So Peter (thriftydutch) what kind of GPS is Arlene getting?


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Okay, I caved in. We bought the 1490 model.
Now one of you at the rally will have to show her how to use it.
I told you this GPS was a bad idea.
Leaving Wednesday evening at 9 pm. Hope we can find our way out of Toronto.

* This post was edited 05/13/11 07:40am by thriftydutch *


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