View Poll Results: Which is best for you?
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- 12-13-2008, 12:30 PM #51
Vz just seems like a hog of memory and battery, altho its a great app. I don't need a gps where I live but it would be nice to have on my phone when I do travel. So I might go with garmin just because the one time charge and it feels lighter on my battery and mem
- 12-13-2008, 12:39 PM #52
I regret paying for Garmin actually. The triangle that represents me is often times crooked. Also, I dont find it that easy to tell where I am on the map because of the size of the triangle. Im a map follower and I actually found the VZNav easier to use because the roads are much crisper and they use small arrows to show where you are going.
- 12-13-2008, 01:48 PM #54
If you take the call the VZN will pause. with VZW you cannot use voice and data at the same time.
When i have the VZN on and i am driving somewhere i always turn on DO NOT DISTURB in my profile so that my directions are not interrupted with a phone call so that i don't miss my exit or turn!
- 12-15-2008, 03:06 PM #59
While I think these are both great apps, I went with Garmin for $79.99. VZNav at $9.99/month is just too damn expensive.A cigar is man's opportunity to reflect on the past, and dream about the future.
- 12-15-2008, 03:19 PM #60
- CrackBerry User
12-15-2008, 07:07 PM #61
- 34 Posts
No bluetooth audio
I am trying both VZN and Garmin Mobile now on a Storm running .76. I might be doing something wrong, but I can't get the Garmin to speak it's directions through my bluetooth headset. The VZN does it fine. That to me is a huge negative for the Garmin, although I think that it is obviously a bit faster when rendering your motion down the road.
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-15-2008, 07:58 PM #62
- 257 Posts
Well I'll put my 2 cents in (for my first post )
I have tried both (and still have the VzNav on my BB).
I like the Garmin interface better, it's more intuitive to me (I've had Garmins in the past so it's probably what I'm used to).
I like the search functionality on the Garmin better as well.
Detriments (and maybe there is a feature that I need to turn on) is that it doesn't always display all the rural streets in my area (if I turn on them it knows them and can recalculate routes using them, but doesn't always display them and didn't calculate routes with them). Anyone else experience that?
- CrackBerry Newbie
12-15-2008, 11:30 PM #64
- 1 Posts
I have been using Garmin for a few days now and I also compared it to VZ Navigator. (My VZ Navi is subscription is still active!) This is what I observed when viewing routes.
1) Garmin is a lot more simple to use. Just punch in the address and go!
2) Garmin mostly shows exit numbers rather than street "exit" names on freeway exits...I use it in Southern California in the L.A. area and thats where I noticed it. VZ Navigator usually shows the full exit road or street so its easier to find where to exit.
3) I cant find where I can see the total Miles to the destination with Garmin. I am only able to see the estimated time of arrival and speed I am driving. On VZ Navigator, it shows it right on the Navigation screen the distance left to the destination.
4) I noticed that Garmin has a harder time to download the maps compared to VZ Navigator in low coverage areas. I was in many hills with 2 bars of coverage and couldn't get Garmin to download the maps and start Navigating...
5) The traffic alerts with both Garmin and VZ Navigator are about the same. Same goes with the way they route you! (from what I have seen...)
They are both great and it really depends what is important to you....If you are not driving in areas with very good coverage, Garmin may run into problems though....just my 2 cents....
- 12-15-2008, 11:50 PM #66
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- CrackBerry User
12-16-2008, 02:29 PM #69
- 31 Posts
I have tried both and like the Garmin better. For me the Garmin is easier to use and works faster. I like the interface better too. The only complaint I have is that it doesn't work with my cars bluetooth. I called Garmin on about it and the tech told me that the bluetooth issue is a known issue. Apparently when they tried to run the sound to blue tooth the quality was horrible and so they scrapped it for this release. Hopefully it will be fixed in a future upgrade.
Last edited by soseran; 12-16-2008 at 04:18 PM.
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12-16-2008, 06:16 PM #70
- 24 Posts
My Quick Comparison
I'll give my two cents on comparing the two:
Disclosure: The only GPS I had ever used was on my old Windows Mobile Motorola Q using Live Search with a GPS puck so both products were completely new to me.
I initially used VZ Nav after uninstalling it originally due to people posting that the OS runs a little quicker with it removed. After I reinstalled VZ Nav it did seem to slow down the OS a little bit. Overall, I was very impressed initially with VZ Nav. I loved the dashboard view because it was simple and the map was shown when you were about to turn. The voice prompts were also complete and helpful especially when you had to make a quick turn right after completing a turn. The traffic function did a good job of alerting me of delays of commuting on Chicago tollways. I also liked that I could choose to avoid certain roads and the program would automatically route me around it.
When the trial of the Garmin program posted I downloaded and have been trying it since yesterday. At first, I really missed my dashboard view on the VZ Nav but using the map on the Garmin is simple and straightforward. For the person that said they can't view all the streets on the map, all you have to do is zoom in to the closest level and all the streets will be displayed. Personally, I like the default level because when you are driving down a major non-highway road, all the little side streets in the adjoining subdivisions can be distracting on the map. Where the Garmin program really shines is in it's search functions. VZ Nav is cryptic compared to the ease and flexibility of the Garmin unit. Searching by category is a breeze and it found a lot more results and was easier to access than VZ Nav.
When I started the Garmin trial I kept telling myself I didn't like it compared to VZ Nav but after only 2 days of use I have decided to buy the full Garmin version and drop VZ Nav. Cost is obviously a factor but for ease of overall use I see myself using Garmin's search capability a lot more.
One last point, I received my igrip vent holder from the Crackberry accessory store in the mail yesterday and its awesome for navigating. I also got a call while driving and put it on speaker. The caller said I sounded good and it would really come in handy if I forgot my bluetooth.
Sorry for the long post but hopefully those who are undecided will find it helpful. Of course I really recommend trying them both and deciding for yourself. You can get VZ Nav free for a month (call *611 to activate, just remember to deactivate if you don't want it) and you instructions have already been posted on how to get the Garmin program.
- 12-17-2008, 08:45 AM #71
I thought that the GSP on the Storm was locked down to VZN only? How are you using it with Garmin? I downloaded Google Maps and it says that GPS is unavailable. I see the link to download the pay in full version of Garmin but is there a link for the monthly subscription? Sorry for all the questions at once. :-)
- 12-17-2008, 08:53 AM #72
I tried the Garmin trial and deleted it. VZN talks in my headset, I can easily flip ahead in the route with a swipe of my finger and then swipe back, and when not on the VZN screen (checking email) it still talks in my ear, telling me where to turn. I like it.
- CrackBerry Master
12-17-2008, 10:40 AM #75
- 1,174 Posts
i really like garmin. however, i wont pay $100 for it unless they offer offline maps like they do with the rest of their mobile selections. For palm os and winmo they have the maps to download on SD cards so you can use it offline.
If they had that I would buy it in a heartbeat.