Best turn by turn GPS app?
Hey guys, I'm buying my first car either this week or next and it's going to be a Ford Fiesta and I want to mount my Playbook and use the Playbook bridge to keep my Internet connection and instead of getting a separate gps unit, was thinking of using my Playbook as the gps unit.
With that being said, what is the best turn by turn gps nav app for the Playbook either free or paid. Must work in Canada
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- 02-11-13, 08:23 PM #2
you should really look at a Festiva over a Fiesta
and youre better off, WAY BETTER OFF to go grab a cheap $75 garmin or tomtom as the PB will not be reliableBIG UP BIG UP, ITS A STICK UP STICK UP
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- 02-11-13, 08:52 PM #3
Search for the app Navigator on the app world, I used my playbook running this app in a long trip to other state and it has great accuracy, the best part is that it provides offline maps and offline turn by turn navigation, you just have to download the maps for the region you want and the voice packs within the app and you can say good bye to data charges, you can also change to online maps and online navigation, this app provides you google maps, bing and other popular services, mind you there is a little learning curve, but the app has a manual to help you. I have used this app a lot and I can vouch for its accuracy, I can also answer any questions you have about the app. One recommendation, to get a gps fix faster of your playbook download the app gps test(free), once you get a fix all the other navigation apps will also show you your location. The gps on the playbook IS reliable just takes longer to get a gps fix because the playbook doesnt have an assisted gps.
Last edited by Blackman91; 02-11-13 at 09:27 PM.
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02-11-13, 09:19 PM #4
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Have to agree on purchasing a GPS device. First off it doesn't cost anything to use it on a regular basis as with a phone or playbook it would require use of your data plan. I have a Garmin and paid for a pretty good one that includes a one time purchase of Lifetime Map updates and Lifetime traffic updates was included. I have more than got my moneys worth out of it as it is plugged in and automatically starts when key is turned. If this was the case with my phone or playbook, my data charges would be absolutely insane.BlackBerry 10...don't care what anyone says...I'm loving it and that's all that matters to me!.
- 02-12-13, 12:17 AM #5
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02-12-13, 08:46 AM #8
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Yes, the PB has standalone GPS but not the more accurate Assisted (by cellphone) A-GPS.
However, it's pointless without a map to track on. This leaves two options:
1) download map data from a wifi/cell source on the go
2) precache map data while on your much cheaper home/hotel/wherever wifi before you leave.
Ok, there's actually a third, you can compare GPS location from PB to a paper map and plot your route.. somewhat archaic though.
- 02-12-13, 10:25 AM #10
So, the gps in the pb does the basics - it finds your lat/long. Then it is up to apps to provide additional features, like mapping and directions and traffic, etc. So you do not need DATA to find lat/long. You might not need data if you can download maps to your computer and copy them over. You might need data or wifi access to download maps directly to the pb. Again, depending on the app, the app might be able to provide directions/routing using the maps it has already downloaded (and internal processes) or it might rely on data as you progress on your route.
So, one could consider a Garmin an elaborate single-purpose "tablet" unit with a dedicated App that does it all without any need for additional data connections.
An agps, I believe, is not more accurate - it merely uses cell towers to help narrow your current location down quicker. And, if you are out in the vast US desert, there might not be many cell towers to speed the process.
Last edited by F2; 02-12-13 at 10:38 AM.
- 02-12-13, 04:00 PM #11
Got it. Great. Obviously downloading maps is no problem I just thought I would need some constant hook up or something.
Btw, I noticed there was more than one Navigator app in app world if my mind is not playing tricks on me....which particular Navigator is it?
- 02-12-13, 05:17 PM #13
- 02-12-13, 09:58 PM #17
It's very good.
When I have data, I use sideloaded Google Latitude"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
awesome suggestions everyone, I have osmand right now, but I have not a clue how to use it lol. With my Ford Fiesta, i want to get a cup holder mount and use the PlayBook, and may sync it to the Ford Sync. I have an old GPS unit that was my moms until I got her a new one with life time updates for maps. But I like the size of the PB, and I don't mind using SOME data, so that's why I'm asking you guys. I will try Osmand out this weekend when I pick up the car.
- 02-14-13, 03:07 PM #22
Just a quick question on the GPS Fix. I downloaded the app and it found the location but then said to log this into one of a few map sites/links.I wasn't on wifi when I did the fix so do I have to do the fix all over again while connected to wifi to be calibrated to work with one of the GPS map apps?
- 02-14-13, 04:28 PM #23
No, once you get a fix you can just close the app and go to the maps app of your preference and select my location and it will show you your location right away, unless you lose the signal or turn off the playbook you will not need to do a gps fix again with wifi but remember you have to be in an open area.
- 02-14-13, 09:41 PM #25
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