GPS Navigator

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 08:21
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Relied on my mobile phone GPS Navigator to travel through Brisbane from nth to Ipswich. Kept dropping out and yep took a couple of wrong turns. I have read all about the different make and models on the net. Still confused, and hey, nothing like real life experiences. Can members who rely on GPS Nav offer some advice and model performances.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 08:37

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 08:37
If all you want is a street navigator (as distinct from a 4WD off-road navigator) get something for your phone that uses off-line maps.

I use CoPilot Aus-NZ ((link for Android version). It is also available for iPhones.

Truly excellent, carries its own maps so no need for phone service, has excellent coverage of minor roads, tracks and firetrails (not all, but way better than most turn-by-turn competitors) and free map upgrades.

And you can buy international mapping if you want to travel.

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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Sunday, Dec 04, 2016 at 23:45

Sunday, Dec 04, 2016 at 23:45
Use this too. Much cheaper than a stand alone GPS. Just back from the UK and europe. The add on maps cost only $24 and were accurate even in the remote scottish highlands. It has traffic routing as well.
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Reply By: TomH - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 09:09

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 09:09
Depends on how much you want to pay One of the mid range Tomtoms are pretty good. Have had a GO 730 for 7 years and with map updates it got me right around Australia including all the cities. Used similar model overseas and it was better than the Garmin I also had on one trip
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Reply By: terryt - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 11:09

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 11:09
Extra vote for Copilot.
I assume the app you were using needed an internet connection to work. Drop outs would probably have been when you lost signal briefly for whatever reason.
Not an issue for Copilot as uses off line maps.
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Follow Up By: DiggZ - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 12:22

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 12:22
Could also be loss of GPS signal.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 13:36

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 13:36
Gidday

Google Maps aint fancy but it is free.

You can download an area of map to your phone over wifi (i am talking Android here) and then use it while on the move with no reliance on a phone connection or data charges.

Its very basic, just turn left, turn right, but that generally works well enough for me in unfamiliar suburbs.

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Follow Up By: bgreeni - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 17:50

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 17:50
Another vote for Google. Have used it round Oz and also in Thailand and Europe. Have OziExp but find I use it less and less.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 15:00

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 15:00
I have a Tom Tom which has updates for life and I use this in cities and have a topo map in the dash unit.

The Tom Tom even has the tunnels on it and when going through them it shows where you are I guess by using dead reckoning as it certainly will not have GPS in the tunnels.

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Reply By: Zippo - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 16:08

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 16:08
If you prefer using a GPS-equipped smartphone rather than a standalone GPS navigator, consider Maps.Me and CityMapsToGo as two very good (and free) offline map tools. We use a pair of Garmin Nuvi navigators (one as a spare) but also have BOTH of these freebies as extra backup and for when we go "walkies" whether in the city or the sticks.
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Follow Up By: Member - wicket - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 17:15

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 17:15
X2 for maps.me
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 16:16

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 16:16
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Mind you, Brisbane streets are a problem for any GPS navigator! lol
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Reply By: terryt - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 17:06

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 17:06
Hi Alan H. Free Map upgrades for life may not be all it's cracked up to be if it's anything like Navman.
In the fine print life is the anticipated life of the product, when upgrades are no longer provided for the relevant map and no longer than 4 years from when the particular model was released. The best you can hope for is 4 years if you purchased a model on the day it was released.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 17:48

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 17:48
May be so for Navman - I've never gone there - but my 2008 Nuvi 760 purchased with add-on AU/NZ lifetime maps is still getting the quarterly updates.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 21:31

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 21:31
Is the same for Tomtom Is for the model life as they see it. NOT YOUR LIFE LOL
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