Offline satnav app (android)

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Found 10th Jan 2015
Need a satnav app (Android) with offline maps to use in Spain where I won't have mobile broadband and will be reliant on GPS + offline map on the phone.
I see there are a number of these, but wanted to check if anyone has first hand experience of any and can make a recommendation.
Would prefer a free version obviously, but open to premium/paid version if there is a major improvement in functionality.

Thanks.

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There was one recommended on moneysavingexpert I think it was called navfree - we used it in Portugal and it was pretty good

Should be able to download in Google maps

Either of these for navigation when in a car

NavFree - I found spanish mapping to not be the greatest in the south of Spain. So much so that it was taking me cross country at a couple of points. I rely on this app everywhere else I've travelled and without issue.

Mapfactor - I found this to work well getting to most places without issue. It did have some problems with asking us to leave at the next junction of dual carriageways only to send us back on the main route again. Nothing that can't be worked around just by watching where the route leads and making informed decisions.

This for Navigation while on foot as it's much more detailed and easy to use.

All in one offline maps - gives loads of options for detail levels to suit your needs and saving maps to view later. Doesn't do turn by turn but makes finding specific locations like museums easy to find in city centres when you are on foot or for visiting places where you may need to use a trail or path to get from one place to another.

Edited by: "Astec123" 10th Jan 2015

Original Poster Banned

Hmm I did hear Navfree mentioned elsewhere too.
I'll be in Andalusia so am a bit concerned that you say it's not great for southern Spain?

Villa

Hmm I did hear Navfree mentioned elsewhere too.I'll be in Andalusia so am … Hmm I did hear Navfree mentioned elsewhere too.I'll be in Andalusia so am a bit concerned that you say it's not great for southern Spain?



I'll be honest, I used both while there, Navfree to start with for a couple of days before getting annoyed by it's insistance that dirt tracks are a suitable route for a gutless 2 wheel drive Toyota Aygo. It's not as much an issue as common sense tells you to go around and let it reroute as we were only going to tourist attractions so knew these tracks would not be the way there.

I downloaded Mapfactor and it was much less problematic with picking insane routes (it did pick some odd choices) and it kept insisting on a regular basis to leave the motorways at the next junction only to get to the roundabout and say to rejoin. As I said, very easy to work out if you should by looking at where it plans to go on the map and then just promptly ignore it. I found no free navigation to work very well in spain.

All this said, as I did above, I used Navfree in the USA and in the UK to great effect for some significant driving and getting around and it works great. Thus why I uninstalled Mapfactor after leaving to return to NavFree because I prefer it.
Edited by: "Astec123" 10th Jan 2015

HERE maps from Nokia now free on androids

I use one called Navigator. The is a is a blue diamond shaped one. It does the job and picks logical routes, I use it all the time.

napior

HERE maps from Nokia now free on androids



This!

I recommend navfree. Mapfactor uses same maps but has speed camera alerts but don't seem so stable as navfree. Mapfactor won't run on lower spec phones very well from my tests. Only problem I have with offline maps is you need correct address or results will be unknown so try searching all the address when wifi or 3g is avaliable so you don't get stuck.

Tried all the top free ones

HERE is the best by far

Stupid name though

Not sure about Spain, but the best one I have found for UK use is CoPilot. I work as a delivery driver and it very rarely lets me down.

Whatever you decide on, make sure that it is up to date, the Spanish change the direction of roads on a regular basis. ( one way to two way etc. ).

Sygic - I use it for years and I am very happy with it.

Nokia Here app is pretty good. Used it last week off line. You can download individual map of countries and works pretty well.

chocci

Tried all the top free onesHERE is the best by farStupid name though



+1

Here all the way.. we just drove to Hungary and back via France, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Hungary and back via Switzerland, Leichtenstein and Luxemburg and it didn't skip a beat.

Unfortunatley you can only store maps on either external or internal memory and not both. One 2 ocassions it just stopped locating us via GPS and needed a hard reboot.

Also, don't rely on the speed limited it provides. They are handy for some places where there are clearly no signs saying the speed limit but on many ocassions it wasn't right.

Routing is very good and atually saved us some miles on our usually journey over NavFree.

Original Poster Banned

Have downloaded and installed both Navfree and Nokia Here.
Don't think I can test how good the Spain mapping is until I get there.

Thanks all.

Villa

Have downloaded and installed both Navfree and Nokia Here.Don't think I … Have downloaded and installed both Navfree and Nokia Here.Don't think I can test how good the Spain mapping is until I get there.Thanks all.


do a virtual trip offline and then do the same on google & bing maps and compare distances and times between all 4
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