What is your favorite Windows Phone Navigation App?
A conversation caught my eye over in the Windows Phone Central Forums where WPCentral reader jtsmak asks, "Are there any good Nokia Drive alternatives for Android?"
Jtsmak , for whatever reason, switches back and forth between an Android device and a Windows Phone. Having grown fond of HERE Drive on Windows Phone, jtsmak could pick up the Android version of Here Drive for about $10 but is curious if there are better alternatives.
While several good suggestions have been thrown out in the Forums discussion, it brings to mind a similar question. "What's your favorite Windows Phone navigation app?"
HERE Drive is a compelling choice but there are plenty to choose from in the Windows Phone Store. You have NAVIGON, Garmin StreetPilot, CoPilot GPS, GPS Voice Navigation and more. I think the apps like NAVIGON carry a slight advantage with downloadable maps. This lessens your dependency on a data connection as you travel but can gobble up on-board memory. However, most apps with offline maps gives you the option to download only the areas you will be traveling in.
So, what is your go-to Windows Phone navigation app? Personally, I bounce between Here Drive and NAVIGON. I tend to use Here Drive for short trips around town while NAVIGON handles longer trips. I'd really like it if one of these navigation apps had direct voice entry for destinations (hint, hint developers).
Let us know in the comments what app helps you navigate the highways and bi-ways. You can also hit the link below if you've got a recommendation on an Android alternative to HERE Drive to offer jtsmak (other than giving up and using Windows Phone full-time).
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Get WP 8.x back to work with Zune. Rebrand it to whatever they want and voi'la!
I can bet that if Xbox (c*ap) Music service as whole ever beats Zune and WP 7, it will take at least 2 years, seeing the mess they're making.
Where it falls down is that it doesn't present alternative routes when creating a journey. On Google Maps, three different journeys are presented - each with their pros and cons. We just don't get that option on Here.
Also, the traffic information isn't used to automatically re-route...which kind of makes it pointless (a smart navigation app will spot the traffic and then suggest a new route. My dad's 2008 Volvo has such a system built in....I just don't know why Nokia haven't implemented that yet).
If Drive wasn't free, I'd probably be a little disappointed. But it is, so I'm happy to stick with it.
Maybe one day someone will make a smartphone platform that does the basics better than Symbian :)
Every time i go to some other country just download maps and I'm on the go :)
3. Co pilot. (paid)
I uses them for different things. Here drive+ for daily use, waze when I'm driving in city's and more unknown destinasjons, copilot to plan a trip with via point.
I use it for hours every day as well.. AUS 925 edit; I remember when I first got my wireless car charger it got very hot... But then I realized that it was mounted near the heater air vent... So I moved it up higher and haven't had an issue ;)
my phone was discharging. My car charger is pretty beefy as well. Other than that, its a solid app.
If they would have stayed up to date with Garmin, it actually was nice. They just lack updates and when they do have them, they seem almost like they've done nothing.
NAVIGON is owned by Garmin these days, provides loads of features but isn't cheap.
Here Drive is nice to look at but I agree, little point in having traffic functionality and not auto rerouting when there is a problem ahead. Also lacks multi stops. Nice to have global maps at no cost regularly updated.
I end up staying with my old iPhone for navigation, purely because it has TomTom. Why?Horrible maps to look at but their live traffic and rerouting is far better than anyone else. Which results in the best routes being chosen. It has saved me so many times. Always gets me quickly to my destination. They use traffic info from lorry data, all TomTom traffic users, Vodafone cell signals, cameras on motorways, government data etc. They also base routing on historical road data, so what normally happens at this time on this route. The same routing info is on their website if you ever want to test.
I'm in the UK.
I now use CoPilot and am happy.
Would have been mapmyride but after mailing them they obviously cant be fkd with wp (still have a non functioning v1.00 release on the market after a year, which Microsoft seems to be ignoring too). Yeah I cycle. We still need decent gps apps.
But the rest of us (majority to be fair) use iGo Primo on GPS devices or Android phones.
To sum up, when I drive in a major city or on short distances or on a known path (just for fun of it) I stick my Lumia 720 to the dashboard. If I am on a long and little known trip I use iGo Primo on a GPS device (I don't have car navigation).
Oh, btw, as an explorer-pedestrian I use gMaps. Way way better than Here, here in Romania. All neighborhood little paths are showed.
I would a,matter of fact state that anybody serious about GPS navigation does NOT use here services. I only have Here Maps and thats because it synchronized and backup'd all my favorit places, I like that in a map service.
H. Drive is customized for personal, non-commercial transport. Just like/ better than traditional GPS in cars.
H. Transit is customized for the bussing system near you. (public)
It's here Drive+