Sygic GPS Navigation for Android UK & IRELAND €14 (£13.02)
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Sygic GPS Navigation for Android UK & IRELAND €14 (£13.02)

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Found 12th Feb 2012
Sygic is a voice guided GPS navigation app. It's packed with latest maps and a robust set of navigation features. Both app and maps are updated for free. Maps are stored on the phone for offline use.Sygic is trusted by millions of customers around the globe.

You can also buy Live Traffic Updates for under £10 a year.

I use this on my iPhone and HTC Desire. Had to buy them separately but i share the same login for the traffic updates.
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Navfree (as the name implies, free from market) Stores to memory card so doesn't need data connection. And if you're going abroad you can select to download most countries for free too!
gcsom

Navfree (as the name implies, free from market) Stores to memory card so … Navfree (as the name implies, free from market) Stores to memory card so doesn't need data connection. And if you're going abroad you can select to download most countries for free too!


Thanks for the info on Navfree, I am downloading it now.
gcsom

Navfree (as the name implies, free from market) Stores to memory card so … Navfree (as the name implies, free from market) Stores to memory card so doesn't need data connection. And if you're going abroad you can select to download most countries for free too!



Sygic doesn't need a data connection either once maps are stored on the phone or SD card.

I have used a number of different sat navs and smartphone navigation apps in my time. I've found Sygic to be by far the best I've ever used in pretty much every area.

Of course, the main weakness with smartphone navigation is usually the poor internal gps. I couple my phone with a cheap but decent bluetooth external gps and with it Sygic provides a superb navigation experience. Traffic updates over a data connection are very good.
Used the google one on friday, took me down some streets I did not even know was there, and before I knew it, I was at my destination. Very good app and clear voice, and its free.
whats the difference between Navfree and the navigation software on most android phones which i assume is google based.
Navfree uses OpenStreetMap.org maps, same as MapDroid. Unfortunately, Navfrree does not recognise I have maps on the phone for Mapdroid so it is downloading another copy.
Google maps need an internet connection as far as i know don't think there stored on the sd card.None of the android ones are as good as tom tom.
Edited by: "den169" 12th Feb 2012
Navfree still needs a dataconnection to search for the destination. The maps are stored locally, but searching for an address destination still needs a data connection (albeit only for a short duration). Still no use if you are planning to use it abroad, where you might not have a data connection. Sygic, I have used (and mentioned in previous posts) and is awesome. It uses Tom tom maps as well!!
Pokey

Sygic doesn't need a data connection either once maps are stored on the … Sygic doesn't need a data connection either once maps are stored on the phone or SD card.I have used a number of different sat navs and smartphone navigation apps in my time. I've found Sygic to be by far the best I've ever used in pretty much every area.Of course, the main weakness with smartphone navigation is usually the poor internal gps. I couple my phone with a cheap but decent bluetooth external gps and with it Sygic provides a superb navigation experience. Traffic updates over a data connection are very good.



That is a good idea, thanks for the tip. I will try it although I haven't had any major GPS problems with the internal (Galaxy SII).

Also worth a mention is IGO which I like as much as Sygic
den169

Google maps need an internet connection as far as i know don't think … Google maps need an internet connection as far as i know don't think there stored on the sd card.None of the android ones are as good as tom tom.


no you can pre cache maps
Locus map app free and offline downloadable zoomable,rotatable maps too

fairytooth - Feb 12, 2012 21:06den169Google maps need an internet … fairytooth - Feb 12, 2012 21:06den169Google maps need an internet connection as far as i know don't think there stored on the sd card.None of the android ones are as good as tom tom.no you can pre cache maps


So you can download the whole of say uk and europe to the sd card and it won't try to use the internet when in use,That would be great can you point me to the maps.
U can download as many maps as u want.. but the point is, all google and open map based softwares need the data connection to search for addresses on that map. You'd be better off buying a road map and using that!!! I am yet to see a reliable offline free navigation software that would run without data at all times!!
unileeds

Navfree still needs a dataconnection to search for the destination. The … Navfree still needs a dataconnection to search for the destination. The maps are stored locally, but searching for an address destination still needs a data connection (albeit only for a short duration). Still no use if you are planning to use it abroad, where you might not have a data connection. Sygic, I have used (and mentioned in previous posts) and is awesome. It uses Tom tom maps as well!!



Just to be clear, does Sygic, use maps from TomTom and, once the maps are downloaded, it will route you through Europe without needing a data connection?

Just to be clear, does Sygic, use maps from TomTom and, once the maps are … Just to be clear, does Sygic, use maps from TomTom and, once the maps are downloaded, it will route you through Europe without needing a data connection?


Yes - but only if you have the Europe maps. This offer is for U.K and Ireland maps only.

Navfree is a free app that does the same , but it is nowhere near as good. The free maps it uses ( osmaps) are very patchy - some areas are very poor. For example there is a part of my town that has none of the minor streets shown. The way the maps are not designed for sat nav means you often get the wrong junction advice ( e.g take 3rd exit at rounabout - when it should be the 2nd exit ). It also tries to send you down farm tracks. So you have to keep checking the screen.
Any app that uses the free open source maps will have the same problems.
simes

Yes - but only if you have the Europe maps. This offer is for U.K and … Yes - but only if you have the Europe maps. This offer is for U.K and Ireland maps only.Navfree is a free app that does the same , but it is nowhere near as good. The free maps it uses ( osmaps) are very patchy - some areas are very poor. For example there is a part of my town that has none of the minor streets shown. The way the maps are not designed for sat nav means you often get the wrong junction advice ( e.g take 3rd exit at rounabout - when it should be the 2nd exit ). It also tries to send you down farm tracks. So you have to keep checking the screen.Any app that uses the free open source maps will have the same problems.



I did try Navfree and whilst free, you can't depend on it. As you say very patchy and strange routing.
Been trying to find a Euro system for my Galaxy Tab. I'll take a look and see what the Sygic euro version costs.
To answer your questions, The Sygic software uses the SAME maps as tom tom use worldwide. You first download the actual sygic navigation software. Once downloaded, you can download what ever MAP you want. On their website, pretty much all the maps were the same price! They have individual maps for different regions. Though they have bundles like Oz &NZ or UK and Ireland as well. So you can have as many maps as you want. The maps are stored locally, and offer the same POI and 3D view that TOMTOM have on their navigators!
No data connection is needed for address searches either. You can have the system work without a data connection. So it is very good that way.
Another plus is that they have a 8 day full use free trial. I happened to go to NZ, where I did not want to pay £15 per day for sat nav hire in the car for my 7 day trip. I just downloaded the 8 day licence and used it free for the entire trip. No issues what so ever, and not a single address missed even in NZ, which is pretty remote compared to Uk stds. I would recommend it, even if you had to pay £20-£30 for maps!
Maps are available at
http://www.sygic.com/en/android:buy-now

Pick your maps view details (to make sure they cover your area) and buy. In NZ i DID NOT need data to navigate or to search for addresses or POIs. However, it does ask you "connect to data" but it is usually to check for map updates. Just click no and it wont bother you again!
Thanks unileeds.
Sygic is excellent for Europe, was 100% for the speed cameras the whole length of France. UK & Ireland were fine too.
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