1. jwolf6589's Avatar
    Google Maps and BB Maps are good for some things, but for the most part are quite sluggish and unreliable. Was driving yesterday from California to Oregon and boy oh boy was constantly having to wait for Google to download maps and it was taking forever to do anything. This is the reason why I am considering buying a real GPS that does not need to download all the time. Unless I am doing something wrong and someone could kindly point this out.

    No doubt Google Maps has some very nice features, but half the time its very slow at downloading maps.
    Last edited by jwolf6589; 07-07-10 at 10:29 AM.
    07-07-10 10:20 AM
  2. Pi Guy 3.14's Avatar
    Are you using a 8330 like your device in your profile suggests? I'd buy a new phone before I got a gps... My 9700 works great while traveling, never had any issues.
    07-07-10 11:49 AM
  3. trucky's Avatar
    Still, it's hard to beat a standalone GPS vs a Blackberry running a GPS app. You need to consider screen size, features, functions, traffic routing, 3D views, Lane Assist, etc...
    07-07-10 12:04 PM
  4. gckman's Avatar
    i have a the Sprint gps and it works great.!!
    07-07-10 12:05 PM
  5. pcgizmo#IM's Avatar
    Still, it's hard to beat a standalone GPS vs a Blackberry running a GPS app. You need to consider screen size, features, functions, traffic routing, 3D views, Lane Assist, etc...
    +1

    Garmin app for BB is nice, but I'd rather have my nuvi hands down
    07-07-10 12:11 PM
  6. vndlewis's Avatar
    I love my Tom Tom. I use it for all major travel. I use the BBMaps in case of emergency or small stuff. Nothing beats the turn by turn and lane help of the Tom Tom.

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    07-07-10 12:15 PM
  7. Chrisy's Avatar
    VZ Navigator is the best GPS app for traveling in my opinion. Well worth the money. i've used it to drive across the country a few times, and use it for road trips a lot. POI searches are great, turns update quickly too.

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    07-07-10 12:19 PM
  8. vndlewis's Avatar
    Also, I can use my phone and not miss a turn.

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    07-07-10 12:21 PM
  9. wiggy999's Avatar
    An external GPS reciever will fix you right up. Look for one about 30$ on Ebay. The 8330 reciever is very weak/unreliable.
    07-07-10 12:34 PM
  10. i7guy's Avatar
    Hard to beat VZ NAV.

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    07-07-10 03:28 PM
  11. FF22's Avatar
    I love my Tom Tom. I use it for all major travel. I use the BBMaps in case of emergency or small stuff. Nothing beats the turn by turn and lane help of the Tom Tom.

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    Same here - the Tomtom was perfect last summer for 3 weeks cruising around Italy, Austria and Germany. And it did not need a data signal to show me maps of where we were. Screen size is terrific and its voice is clear and unlike the bb-garmin app, it will repeat an instruction if you missed it (one of my pet beefs).
    07-07-10 06:11 PM
  12. BuddyL's Avatar
    I drove from New York to Nova Scotia to Toronto back to the USA using Google and BBmaps and they worked great with each other strengths helping each other.

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    07-08-10 10:27 AM
  13. biznatch's Avatar
    I have an 8330 and I agree the GPS is pretty unreliable at times. Combined with the slow networks speeds of the 8330 it's definitely not the greatest GPS system. But for a phone that's several years old I can't complain too much.
    07-19-10 05:12 PM
  14. hubermania's Avatar
    BB Maps and Google Maps are pretty worthless and data-intensive. Garmin Mobile on the other hand sips data and works well with my Bluetooth GPS, which sits waaaay up on the dashboard where it can see the sky. Plus I don't have to purchase map updates like I do for my dashtop nav system.
    07-19-10 06:42 PM
  15. adamlau's Avatar
    I use three paid navigation apps across two devices (work and personal). VZ Navigator 6 is not bad (nifty carousel options, useful map tray, comprehensive Bing search), though I prefer Garmin 5.4.5 for more accurate navigation in and around my local area. AT&T Navigator 2.0 (TeleNav 6.0) remains my primary navigation app, however. Though bested by Garmin with regards to UI appearance (large, recognizable icons), overall accuracy and (Google) local search results, the menu driven UI of AT&T Navigator 2.0 is the most intuitive of all. And it showcases exclusive features such as turn lane support, access/reporting to a traffic camera database, speed limit information for major thoroughfares and more. In short, I can generally get to where I want to go in fewer keystrokes and keypresses with AT&T Navigator 2.0. That said, however, I continue to prefer Garmin 5.4.5 over TeleNav 5.x.
    Last edited by adamlau; 07-21-10 at 05:07 AM.
    07-21-10 05:04 AM
  16. estroh's Avatar
    the new blackberry traffic doesnt speak the directions, but so far is pretty good at directions and gives traffic advice. it may use less battery since it doesnt actually download the map. but if you make a wrong turn it recalculates.
    08-19-10 05:38 AM
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