I have a Garmin 265WT and used it all the time until I got my Droid X. Main reasons are I find the Garmin traffic data to be lacking to what I get on Google maps especially non major roads. Also why carry 2 device when one will do.
However Google Nav does not have the flexibility to add Red light camera when I go to areas that has them.
What are other folks using here on site? Beside Tom Tom and Garmin on their Android phones?
I have a samsung galaxy si9000 which I updated to the latest operating system ice-cream sandwich. Since updated the operating system the phone is no longer able to use the free navigon software that came with the phone. The error message is
'This version of NAVIGON MobileNavigator is only for eligible devices as listed in the application description on the Android Market. Your device does not qualify and therefore cannot run the application.'
Does anyone have a work around for this? Is it simply the new operating system and if I revert back to the previous FRODO will it work?
Re: What are people using with their Android phones?
I use mapping real time tracking software
I particularly like that I can practically fully configure all the user interface to suite my personal requirements.
I understand that Google has the best traffic information because it gets it data automatically from people using ther Android phones when in traffic. ie if you not moving or a going very slow you are in a traffic jam.
I have just installed some free apps which now have UK and USA maps . A back-up if I get problems with my Tomtom and has a neat interface to Google for finding start and end locations. Lacks many of the finer point in Tomtom, for instance there is no planning feature. But for zero cost very good!
The phone navigation is useful as a backup if your GPS fails, but will not be as fast and as easy to see/use whilst driving. They may reach that level in a few years but not at the present time.
Have a HTC top of the line phone, and nowhere near as easy and goos as a dedicated GPS (Garmin 765) that I use all the time.
Both my Garmin GPS and Motorola Droid X2 with Google Maps are accurate and at the same time each has its own limitations. I find Garmin to be more current with traffic but Google maps is more detailed with what is around the destination.
Also, the GPS has trouble getting a signal when leaving an underground garage (which sometimes sucks when you need to know to go left or right out of garage) but the Droid X2 (Android 2.3.5) has a much stronger signal underground. Same issue at times in the Holland/Lincoln/Brooklyn tunnels where the phone lose signal but the GPS receives full signal.
I've tried a couple of different Android Apps, but keep going back to Navigon when I need GPS on my phone (Samsung Galaxy Note). It is bundled from Samsung, so default installs, but I find it easiest to use and relatively intuitive.
Must admit, I only use the phone when I have to. Prefer the full GPS when I can. My GPS of choice is currently Garmin Nuvi 3597.
I have been trying a lot of phone mapping apps to substitute for my Garmin 78s because the Garmin is too hard to update the basemap.
You would think that Trimble would do a good app, but sadly it is very poor and tries to lock you into their website.
The best one I have tried so far is Maverick. It has a cache for offline navigation, can cache all sorts of sources including OSM and you can easily save the tracks. Not many tools for analysing the tracks, but that's OK for me. I just need the GPX dump. Not very good elevation data even though my Galaxy Note has an altimeter and they claim to support it.