GPS App

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  1. padnewbie

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    Good morning,

    Right before I got my IPad, my family was going to get me a Garmin for Mother's Day. I told them to hold off and put the money toward my IPad instead b/c I could use that as a GPS.

    Well yesterday we used the native Maps app on the IPad and it worked great (I loaded the route on wifi before we left) - except for one thing - no voice instruction. The Maps worked fine since there were two of us in the car and I could watch the IPad, but if I'm driving by myself - that won't work.

    I don't mind paying - so I'm not necessarily looking for a free app (unless it works best) but I'm looking for recommendations for a good GPS (Voice instructed, turn by turn) app.

    I see MotionX on the App store got good reviews but want to make sure that's what I need. (Point - I have a 3G IPad - I haven't activated it yet b/c I haven't needed it, but have that option.)

    The NavFree got awful reviews on the App store.

    I see there is a very expensive TomTom app also. Wondered about that (although would love to pay a lot less!! ;) )

    Thanks in advance for your help!!
    Vicki
     
  2. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    It sort of depends which country you're in because several of the GPS apps are country-specific. If you let us know (approximately!) where you live then I'm sure you'll get lots of recommendations.

    Tim
     
  3. f4780y

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    MotionX is not what you are looking for, desptite being a great GPS app, rather than a navigation app.

    Why not try NavFree? I use it and I think it is fine. What have you got to lose? It's free! Start with that and work your way up to a paid one if you must... :)
     
  4. padnewbie

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    Sorry -

    1) USA
    2) I meant MotionX Drive
    3) The reviews on NavFree were not good at all. Some people complained of crashing and not being able to remove it. So I was looking to see what recommendations people had.

    Thanks,
     
  5. gwynsoft

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    You might want to try Waze or Skobbler (both free, as far as I know). Waze is based on a user-updated mapbase, so it can be patchy; Skobbler is based on OpenStreetMap, another user-updated - and more widely used - mapbase. Again, it might not cover your area well, but as the apps are free you have nothing to lose. There is the added bonus of being able to update the maps yourself if you have a computer ( I haven't tried OpenStreetMap, but Waze.com cannot be edited on the iPad).

    One other thing, to use either of these you will need gps when you are out and about as you cannot currently download maps of places you have not been.

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  6. jwt873

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    The company Motion-X makes two different GPS applications.. One is GPS HD and the other is GPS Drive HD.

    'GPS Drive HD' by Motion X gives you full turn by turn, street by street navigation. The application is only 99 cents. But, if you want voice guidance, you have to 'unlock' it and pay an extra $2.99 per month, (or $19.99 per year). You get your first few weeks of voice guidance free with your initial purchase so you can hear what it's like. If you don't want voice guidance, then you don't have to pay anything.. The app will still be fully functional, but without any voice.

    You must activate your 3G coverage because the app dynamically downloads the maps as you drive. You must have decent 3G coverage in the areas you want to travel.

    I've had 'GPS drive' for about a year now and I found it good enough to retire my Magellan GPS unit. I use my iPad full time now for GPS navigation.
     
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    Thumbs up for Motion X GPS Drive, but if you want offline maps I've found the CoPilot Live Premium app for the USA on my iPhone, and it works well. There is an iPad version. The price is not bad for a full offline GPS app. Be prepared to be occasionally annoyed when it asks you if you want to pay for extra features, but everything has some downside. ;)

    Careful about which CoPilot app you buy. They recently broke with the old apps and are offering all new versions, while the old ones linger on in the App Store at the old prices. The new ones have mostly black icons, instead of the mostly red ones.
     
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    Garmin street pilot app has worked out great for me. voice, traffic, and all that. And you only pay once.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I997 using Tapatalk
     
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    Yup, my bad on GPS Drive guys. Good call.
     
  10. Bushy

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    Navfree gets my vote, simple to use and so far it's been update with road alternations in my local town which even my Garmin zumo 660 does not recognise and that I update regularly.
     
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