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nekrosoft13
02-13-11, 04:26 PM
Since I have a new Android phone on the way. Looking what apps are available.

1) what GPS apps do you recommend? something that actually has a full map of the country, and doesn't require data connection

2) games? Angry Birds is fun, anything else?


anything else?

Albo
02-13-11, 05:07 PM
GPS: CoPilot Live. It was $5 for the US maps. And $20 for the US&Canada Maps.

nekrosoft13
02-13-11, 05:33 PM
how would you rate copolit map coverage? are map upgrades free? this is fully offline (or can be offline)

Albo
02-13-11, 07:26 PM
how would you rate copolit map coverage? are map upgrades free? this is fully offline (or can be offline)

My dad has had no problems. Upgrades are free. And as far as I know its fully offline. There are "live" services available as an extra cost which require data. My dad closes his internet coverage, so that he doesn't use the 200mb quickly, and opens it when he needs to. And he has it off as well as wifi when he drives, so it does not require data. Plus you download the maps straight from the app. Just set wifi on, and leave it overnight, its like 1GB for the US only maps.

Also, the US&Canada might be $25 but when you download the app, and purchase the US&Canada from the in app, it comes up to $10 more, and the app costs $5. So its $15. That makes no sense, but take a look at the prices, its funky. I might be wrong. But the US maps are $5

six_storm
02-13-11, 07:34 PM
What about Google Navigation? It's never been wrong once.

I don't play games on my Droid but Angry Birds is fun.

Q
02-13-11, 07:43 PM
Google Navigation has recently become far more robust offline.

Q
02-13-11, 07:43 PM
Also, Angry Birds is the only decent game on the platform. (Not complete hyperbole)

Albo
02-13-11, 08:15 PM
I thought google maps navigation needed an internet connection almost all the time. It can cache, but you have to go over it a couple times, right?

Q
02-13-11, 08:24 PM
http://www.google.com/mobile/navigation/

Offline reliability New!

Get continuous guidance and automatic rerouting, even if you lose your network connection after you’ve begun a route.

Whatever "that" means. LOL.

nekrosoft13
02-13-11, 08:54 PM
i wouldn't trust google maps/navigation in offline mode

six_storm
02-14-11, 12:45 PM
i wouldn't trust google maps/navigation in offline mode

Why? It's not like your phone is ALWAYS offline.

nekrosoft13
02-14-11, 02:24 PM
Why? It's not like your phone is ALWAYS offline.

what if i'm driving thought a part of Wisconsin where there is no signal, trusing google maps to have that particular part of map pre-loaded or cached will not always be reliable.

GPS that needs data connection for maps is not very useful.

Q
02-14-11, 02:46 PM
what if i'm driving thought a part of Wisconsin where there is no signal, trusing google maps to have that particular part of map pre-loaded or cached will not always be reliable.

GPS that needs data connection for maps is not very useful.

I've found to be immensely useful, even traveling through very rural parts of Virginia.

Roadhog
02-14-11, 02:51 PM
I've found to be immensely useful, even traveling through very rural parts of Virginia.

true that, I can lose data connection and it will still work perfectly.

nekrosoft13
02-14-11, 07:30 PM
I've found to be immensely useful, even traveling through very rural parts of Virginia.

have you ever been camping in wildlife for 2-4 days travelling though woods with zero signal?

i really doubt that google maps would be smart enough to cache he required info.

six_storm
02-15-11, 07:42 AM
true that, I can lose data connection and it will still work perfectly.

Agreed.

If you are going camping and have no signal, then you need more than just a smartphone to hold you. Otherwise, Google Maps/Navigation works perfect.

Q
02-15-11, 07:56 AM
have you ever been camping in wildlife for 2-4 days travelling though woods with zero signal?

i really doubt that google maps would be smart enough to cache he required info.

Not since I was a child and there wasn't really cell signal available in the nation.

The important thing is, though, that no one in their right minds would rely on a cell phone for GPS navigation for 2-4 days in the wilderness. These things will work for GPS, and usually quite well for driving. But you'll drain the battery on any modern smartphone in about an hour. If you're going to be out in the wilderness where your life depends on it, I wouldn't count on a half-ass app on a phone. I'd have a real GPS device for when it actually mattered. I imagine they have far better battery life and are built better for this purpose.

I realize that you're trying not to bring 50 gadgets along and you're trying to get the most for your money. Google Maps will more than likely not cache to the point where it would be useful in the deep woods. There are likely decent apps, as mentioned by others, that are designed for constant offline use that work fine. But your battery life is going to be miserable, even if you have your phone in airplane mode and your screen turned all the way down. As soon as I turn GPS on with my Droid Incredible, I might have an hour of battery left. YMMV, but I wouldn't count on a smartphone to be my GPS in the woods.

You got the answers you got in this thread because you didn't specify that you were going off the radar to live in a cave to avoid a nationwide manhunt. You should be clearer next time. When most people are worried about cell signal, they're thinking rural roads, etc. Especially at a tech forum, where most of us don't know what an "outside" actually is.

;)

nekrosoft13
02-15-11, 08:19 AM
You got the answers you got in this thread because you didn't specify that you were going off the radar to live in a cave to avoid a nationwide manhunt. You should be clearer next time. When most people are worried about cell signal, they're thinking rural roads, etc. Especially at a tech forum, where most of us don't know what an "outside" actually is.

;)

haha, for a tech savy person I do like to spend a lot of time outside. on my current phone I had this app that allows to download nationwide geographic maps, with terrain information, elevation etc.... need to look around android market to see if there is something like that also available.

when i have to use app on the phone, i just turn on the phone for a minure or two, look around to get my bearings, few map pointers and move on

nekrosoft13
02-22-11, 02:17 PM
ok, what other apps for android would you folks recommend?

Weather app/widget? something that looks cool
Time widget?
Weather/Time widget that can be added to lockscreen?
Geocaching app?
Exersise tracker/logger?
Something that can be installed in background to located lost/stolen phone?

Albo
02-22-11, 02:30 PM
Beautiful Widgets is pretty good. For widgets.. (its a time/weather widget and more)

zoomy942
02-22-11, 03:26 PM
angry birds is so awesome.

Q
02-22-11, 03:35 PM
ok, what other apps for android would you folks recommend?

Weather app/widget? something that looks cool
Time widget?
Weather/Time widget that can be added to lockscreen?
Geocaching app?
Exersise tracker/logger?
Something that can be installed in background to located lost/stolen phone?

I used the Weather Channel widget until the last update. Its buggy and slow now (instead of being just occasionally buggy). Now I use WeatherBug and rely on the tray icon instead of a widget, even though it's not bad.

I used the HTC time Widget. Didn't add to lockscreen.

No Geocaching.

Exercise - Runkeeper Pro works great and is now free for the most part.

Prey is free, open source, and what I use to monitor my phones location. It takes a few minutes to figure out how to get it to work correctly.

Albo
02-22-11, 04:20 PM
GPS App - Sygic Aura
MUCH better than the first one I told you about.

nekrosoft13
02-22-11, 06:50 PM
GPS App - Sygic Aura
MUCH better than the first one I told you about.

Have you tried it?
Why is it better, more accurate, more detailed or just flasher graphics?

Albo
02-22-11, 07:03 PM
All the above. It has more POI's. More Maps. Maps to the whole world. More accurate. It locks on faster. Its a genuine GPS app, better than the TomTom we have. Has a 7 day trial. Go check it out. A bit pricy, but WORTH IT. Make your own opinion on it.