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Is a Satnav worth buying?

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Currently using google maps on my phone whenever i need to go to a place i don't know how to get there, however is it worth investing in a Satnav? Yes or no? if so why? Read More
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4m, 3w agoPosted 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Currently using google maps on my phone whenever i need to go to a place i don't know how to get there, however is it worth investing in a Satnav? Yes or no? if so why?
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4m, 3w agoPosted 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Yes Google maps is crap
#2
Wouldn't bother as they advertise that most sat nav's come with 'lifetime maps' but this is only for the life span of the device which is around 4 years. Google maps does the job and is always updated.
#3
Not worth it for me,
You have many sat nav apps options on your phone its just not worth investing in a standlone unit anymore
#4
No Google maps is epic - I use it everyday and it always saves me time diverting round jams etc.
#5
if you drive in central London yes you need a sat nav cuz Google maps ,Waze,Nokia here we go maps can't find GPS signal and these apps keep on serching resulting
it's better to invest in £60-£70 satnav
#6
No, try Here Maps u can download all the Maps for offline as well. Been using it in combination with Google Maps and my satnav is now obsolete.
#7
m40
if you drive in central London yes you need a sat nav cuz Google maps ,Waze,Nokia here we go maps can't find GPS signal and these apps keep on serching resulting
it's better to invest in £60-£70 satnav


Don't know what phone you got but mine never lost GPS signal in London.
#8
Ive always swore by Waze and Google Maps - however have felt that the services were hindering me more than anything lately, would redirect me to a 'faster route' all round the side streets etc, adding 10 mins on to my work journey, which annoyed me when i found out half the time my usual route isnt even very busy - along with freezing issues with waze causing me to miss turnings etc. Decided to get a Garmin Sat Nav and think its definitely an improvement, redirects correctly, and even found me a faster route to work by a couple minutes. In short, if you use a sat nav daily like me, it is probably worth the investment, but if you only use it 1 or 2 times a week, stick to free smartphone options which arent necessarily bad by any means, but just not as good in my opinion
#9
I use waze, it's free it's always updated, tells you about cameras,roadworks etc.but if you want a sat nav go for a Tomtom go 510,free maps, cameras, updates for life.around 140 pounds.plus tell u about traffic information via a link with your mobile.low data useage.i use both.
#10
Google maps will do as good a job as any other satnav. Only its free :)
If google maps could add the roads speed limit and traffic cameras, that would be amazing.
#11
p_ist_a
m40
if you drive in central London yes you need a sat nav cuz Google maps ,Waze,Nokia here we go maps can't find GPS signal and these apps keep on serching resulting
it's better to invest in £60-£70 satnav


Don't know what phone you got but mine never lost GPS signal in London.


I have using s7 edge before had iphone 6 plus both keep on loosing gps.outside central London it works fine.i drive in c.london a lot
#12
m40
p_ist_a
m40
if you drive in central London yes you need a sat nav cuz Google maps ,Waze,Nokia here we go maps can't find GPS signal and these apps keep on serching resulting
it's better to invest in £60-£70 satnav


Don't know what phone you got but mine never lost GPS signal in London.


I have using s7 edge before had iphone 6 plus both keep on loosing gps.outside central London it works fine.i drive in c.london a lot


I was on Xperia Z3 before and now I'm using Pixel. GPS never dropped for me, strange.
#13
You haven't considered the third option, which may be better for you if you have a decent phone with good sized screen, and that is to purchase a sat nav app to use on your phone.

Firstly, I use Google maps lots, and find it excellent, however, on occasion there is no data signal.

This is where a sat navigation app on your phone comes in. They only use gps, the same as say a Tom Tom unit.

I use and would recommend Copilot. This is well reviewed and considered one of the best. I have seen the Tom Tom app and prefer Copilot.

For the UK and Ireland it is currently £19.99

It downloads onto your phone and takes about 500mb. You can install to your micro SD card.

Western Europe is £25. 99.

You normally get one year of free live traffic updates, which when you renew costs about £7.99 a year. Well worth it in my opinion.

Bear in mind live traffic updates does rely on data signal, but even with no data signal your GPS will still work.

Speed cameras are free.

Map updates are free.

You can see speed limits on the map.

The app is massively cheaper than buying a sat nav unit., and you will always have it with you.

It's a no brainer.

Edited By: hottoast on Dec 01, 2016 15:41: added additional useful information
#14
Give Waze (https://www.waze.com/) a go - it is very good!

Edited By: john52 on Dec 01, 2016 15:44
#15
another vote for waze (owned by google ) use it all the time in central London only time it drops out is in a tunnel :)
#16
Rather have a sat nav .. Losing signal on phone if out in the sticks and slow to update location. Sat navs can be had cheapish if you hunt around . But it's personal preference at the end of the day.

Edited By: plodging on Dec 01, 2016 15:55
#17
I have used Waze, and did like it, however there was a volume issue in that it just didn't go loud enough.
#18
caseyeverett
Yes Google maps is crap


Google maps is great if you use offline maps and have fast 4g signal
#19
I had a Garmin maybe 15 years ago. Haven't used it since I got my first android phone because they're just not as good. Google maps for live traffic and Here we go for offline nav are excellent.
#20
Waze is possibly more accurate with short cuts, as it does take you via all these backroads that you didn't even know existed. Might save you a few minutes, but as the backroads are likely to have more speed humps, not always the smoothest journey.

Google Maps is more clearer with instructions and direction layout.

I have a Tomtom GO 910 with will Europe on it. Only gets used occasionally on the continent.

No need for a dedicated navigation in the UK, unless that is you do many journeys in areas of poor reception, often rural places like say Cumbria can be challenging with reception issues.

Alternatively, you can just go for a navigation that comes embedded in a car (_;)
#21
Waze is possibly more accurate with short cuts, as it does take you via all these backroads that you didn't even know existed. Might save you a few minutes, but as the backroads are likely to have more speed humps, not always the smoothest journey.

Google Maps is more clearer with instructions and direction layout.

I have a Tomtom GO 910 with will Europe on it. Only gets used occasionally on the continent.

No need for a dedicated navigation in the UK, unless that is you do many journeys in areas of poor reception, often rural places like say Cumbria can be challenging with reception issues.

Alternatively, you can just go for a navigation that comes embedded in a car (_;)
#22
Another vote for Waze here.
#23
We use google maps on the phone when we go camping all over the UK. You soon learn it's quirks and most problems are caused by the driver not listening the commentary and deciding they no better but don't tell her that :-)
#24
I use Navmii on my phone and originally on an 8" tablet, faster to update your route than any dedicated satnav I have come across, free updates covering Europe, and gives better routing than a friends Audi satnav (£80 for an update!!).
His satnav said it would take me 2 1/2 hours to get to his house from Central London, during the Friday evening rush; Navmii said 65 minutes, and it took 75 minutes, even though I managed to take a wrong turning.
#25
The major satnav apps can be purchased for phones, so the comparison is even more complicated:

1. Phone with free satnav app
2. Phone with paid satnav app
3. Satnav including paid satnav app

Never had much of a problem with GPS on my phone, both a previous model with GPS and the current one with dual GPS / GLONASS and A-GPS

Apps? currently using Here (offline map but with data for assist - data usage is pretty low but you wouldn't want to do that on "day rate" data unless you'd already opened data usage already).
Have had a play with Osmand, which apparently has lane assist - can't recall getting any lane info though.

Not sure if there's a way to fully prepare google maps for offline, it seems to be based on caching areas?

The mounting of a satnav does seem a bit more secure than the generic fit universal phone mounts, to be honest, my phone is usually shouting at me from a cubbyhole in the central console.

PS. one other thing, some phones have a compass, which can be very useful for walking direction, not sure if it provides additional turn verification in drive mode - it seems to respond to a turn faster on the one with compass
#26
I use a old s3. I use a 3 network sim so I get free data every month and run Google maps. Waze routes aren't great for directions but good for reports. Here maps is ok but does some funny routine by taking you off motorway only to get back on? Google maps never misses a beat. Fantastic. Only problems I have had is heat causing the phone to play up
#27
The free 'Here WeGo' from the Google playstore is what I use. It used to belong to Nokia and Microsoft. It doesn't need data, working like a satnav off the satellites. You can switch to data for more information. It informs you very accurately of speed limit, has free maps for most countries. I use it in the UK and lots of European countries, USA and Canada. Also good for walking around cities. I can't fault it, and I don't want to have to carry around a satnav as well as a phone.
#28
Personally, having used both, would go for the dedicated sat nav, TomTom in my case. Doing the same route with TomTom and Google Maps I found that often TomTom would go a slightly shorter route. Along with the fact that Google Maps has actually got me lost a couple of times.
#29
I've been thinking about whether or not to buy new satnav myself. I tried Google Maps but I can't figure out how to make it work as a navigation app, I also tried Here Drive which has offline maps and a proper satnav style interface, but the performance of the app seemed very poor to me; once I'm on the road (ie, not off-road in a car park) it gives excellent location accuracy but it hardly gives me any audio directions; I crossed two roundabouts and took a right turn at a junction without the app telling me which exit to take. Maybe my phone isn't good enough?
#30
I used to drive a lot on business and needed something ultra reliable that was not phased by no mobile coverage, tall buildings and where I could take and make calls without losing the map view. This is why I still use a tomtom 6000 loaded with up to date speed cameras etc. Saved my licence many times and diverted Mr around many hours of traffic jams.

However if you are just driving for pleasure then a smartphone app is plenty good enough! Although if you head out where there is no network coverage, like in my driveway, then you need an offline capability.

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