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  1. gmcole's Avatar
    I am considering switching from android. I have a 2year old Motorola droid maxx that has slowed to a near stop. I am not a big app user or gamer. However, I do have a couple of concerns. I am a consultant and drive about 50,000 miles a year, mostly in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania .I do a lot of Google searches for directions,phone numbers and information. I also use google voice to make calls while driving etc.
    I can live with some growing pains in other areas but I can't sacrifice on the search/navigation piece.

    When using Cortana, what maps does the icon use ? How do they compare to google maps in terms of accuracy and integration etc.?
    When doing a google search, I can go to the website, navigate to that point or call with one touch. I don't want to give that up.

    Please advise.

    Thanks
    Jeff in Ohio
    05-04-2014 11:08 AM
  2. oditius's Avatar
    All Nokia's have Here + Maps, which you can run using data, or if you are in a WiFI zone you can download it on to your phone. I would go here and see what the maps are like. Cortana is still new, but will be better polished when 8.1 is released. She can make calls, send text as it is. I have done so.
    05-04-2014 12:28 PM
  3. prasath1234's Avatar
    If u are a app fanatic then u will regret your purchase so as a safer option keep also your android.

    Sent from my C2305 using WPCentral Forums mobile app
    05-04-2014 12:32 PM
  4. Abu Barrett's Avatar
    Even tho im a nokia/WP fan, i know google maps are the best free map service out there. Maybe you could borrow a friends wp or something to try here maps, they've worked fine for most of us, but your standards are probably higher if we are talking about maps
    05-04-2014 12:35 PM
  5. pankaj981's Avatar
    Hi Jeff, I'm from Columbus, Ohio and i have used the Nokia here maps all over the state (and neighboring states as well), they work really well as far as accuracy is concerned, the best part about here maps is they can be downloaded offline to either your phone or your SD card so that navigation uses minimal data.

    As far your second point is concerned, Cortana initially uses the internet to get the points (longitude/latitude information), after that it uses the here maps data. To navigate you can search for the address on Google (or Bing if you prefer) via IE and then tap on the address so it would take you directly to the here drive navigation app. You can also do a voice search using Cortana or the maps application and it would set the direction for you
    05-04-2014 12:36 PM
  6. jdfry15's Avatar
    I work in construction and go to lots of new neighborhoods. I have the icon and came from android. I used to every once in a while with my android search for addresses and directions with bing. Seems bing has newer areas updated faster. I have updated to 8.1 and not sure if this is an issue with that but at least a couple times a day when I start voice navigation it will try and navigate me to the last address I went to, so I have to back out of that and start over. Other than that I would say its on par with the maps and navigation. I would say android is laid out better. I can mute the voice feedback faster on android. Just little things like that are different.
    05-04-2014 12:44 PM
  7. gmcole's Avatar
    Thanks!
    I checked out here maps. It appears that, although different from google maps, It would serve my per pose as long as the voice navigation works well. ( I need it to say "turn left on xyz street in 1/4 mile so I do not have to watch the screen all the time)

    Just so I understand it properly, using Cortana, I could search for a certain business , then ask her to call, or navigate to it all by voice?

    Thanks to all for the help!
    05-04-2014 01:23 PM
  8. iamunderdawg's Avatar
    I have used the maps on Google as well as the Nokia maps on my Icon. The Nokia for me have been spot on and never missed a beat! I also believe programming the address is much easier on the Nokia.
    05-04-2014 02:18 PM
  9. WScottCross's Avatar
    I do over 2000 miles a month and I really like Here Drive+. I don't use the voice guidance, but I do like the display. The only thing I don't like is that I haven't found a way to force it to use an alternate route.
    05-04-2014 04:01 PM
  10. gernerttl's Avatar
    I came from Android as well, and having used both Google Navigation and Here+ Drive, I have to go with Here+ Drive. The upshot with Here+ Drive is that you can download the maps and then use them offline which can save on data usage as well as battery.
    05-04-2014 04:25 PM
  11. TLRtheory's Avatar
    I used to be the biggest Google Maps fanboy.

    ...I was looking for what would replace the GMaps experience on WP and everyone kept telling me "Try out HERE Maps/HERE Drive+ and you will never care about Google Maps again"... and I was shocked to find that this was extraordinarily true. HERE Maps and HERE Drive are kind of badass.
    James8561 likes this.
    05-04-2014 07:05 PM
  12. oditius's Avatar
    Lucky for me, I use a GPS that I keep in the trunk. Came worth a mount and everything, even has traffic alert. And when my phone rings I don't need to stop navigating to answer it. LOL 😁

    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 1520 using Tapatalk
    05-04-2014 07:19 PM
  13. worldspy99's Avatar
    In LA area though Waze still beats HERE Maps handily for finding the best routes.
    05-04-2014 07:41 PM
  14. paulxxwall's Avatar
    WP is so much smoother than android! Here maps work awesome! Can't believe i dealt with android for so long!
    05-04-2014 08:09 PM
  15. techgeek32#WN's Avatar
    No street view in Here or Windows maps. That is my only complaint.
    jdfry15 likes this.
    05-04-2014 08:25 PM
  16. anon6002755's Avatar
    No street view in Here or Windows maps. That is my only complaint.



    I also miss google maps saying "destination is on the right/left"

    Other than that I've no complaints





    Sent from my Icon
    05-04-2014 11:40 PM
  17. stephen_az's Avatar
    I am considering switching from android. I have a 2year old Motorola droid maxx that has slowed to a near stop. I am not a big app user or gamer. However, I do have a couple of concerns. I am a consultant and drive about 50,000 miles a year, mostly in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania .I do a lot of Google searches for directions,phone numbers and information. I also use google voice to make calls while driving etc.
    I can live with some growing pains in other areas but I can't sacrifice on the search/navigation piece.

    When using Cortana, what maps does the icon use ? How do they compare to google maps in terms of accuracy and integration etc.?
    When doing a google search, I can go to the website, navigate to that point or call with one touch. I don't want to give that up.

    Please advise.

    Thanks
    Jeff in Ohio
    In as much as I dislike Android, Here Drive has been so appallingly bad on so many occasions I could not recommend the platform if that is a major need. Perhaps one of the other WP apps might be adequate for your needs. As I have said before, and can back up with examples of the problems, Here Drive where I live (Arizona) is second only to Apple's product with respect to inaccuracy and ;level of embarrassment. Routing ranges from inefficient to simply wrong. Just about the only thing I can say in its favor is that Here Maps shares favorites across all of my WP and Windows 8 devices which means, if Here Drive was accurate, I could grab a location on my Surface Pro off the web or out of work document, then open it on my phone to get directions. The problem is the directions are filled with inconsistencies and errors as often as they are correct.
    05-04-2014 11:59 PM
  18. bijak_riyandi's Avatar
    Nokia HERE Drive+ have saved my *** several times...
    it can automatically reroute you when you're going off the current track

    it works fine here in Indonesia and I'm pretty sure it should work better in the US
    greenspot and ShreyansShah like this.
    05-05-2014 02:25 AM
  19. iamunderdawg's Avatar
    I do have Verizon Navigation...I may try that sometime this week for a comparison ..
    05-05-2014 03:03 AM
  20. Dave Bhullar's Avatar
    Overall the experience is pretty good. The only thing you'll miss is street view, but there are third party apps for that. Cortana uses Bing maps, but you can also use Here maps and Here drive+. You can also use Here maps/drive offline, download the maps for the whole state or country and you're good for offline use, it's better than google maps offline version because you can actually search for locations and you can also use Here drive+ for navigation while you're offline. In my opinion Bing maps is better in terms of POIs, at least for my region. You can actually test Bing maps and Here maps online on your web browser by going to their websites, you can search for locations and see if they show up. As a last resort, you can also try third party apps for Google maps if you don't like Bing or Here maps. I used to drive to new locations everyday at work, about 120km everyday and I never had a problem.
    05-05-2014 06:37 AM
  21. thefanfx's Avatar
    Hey

    Nokia maps or Microsoft Drive+ or whatever is called now remain as quite good navigation software since nokia brought Navteq company long long time ago :) 6-7years ago.... but i use it in Offline mode only and so far so good in Europe , in US.... no clue
    As others explained you can use many 3rd apps to serve your needs ... it's a matter of how adaptive you are.... and in your case when apps and etc is not your force it can be time consuming but still achievable ....
    I recommend you to buy one cheap WP8 8.1 model and use it as second phone or a wife phone .... if you like it ... you can go extreme :) .... its up to you
    05-05-2014 06:49 AM
  22. TLRtheory's Avatar
    I also miss google maps saying "destination is on the right/left"
    That's one thing I definitely do not miss... seems like it was only right about 30% of the time.
    05-05-2014 07:03 AM
  23. snowmutt's Avatar
    What I found is the Nokia and Here maps tend to not always pick the shortest routes. Google maps still have that better. When driving together, we use my wife's Android for her maps.

    Otherwise, as a directionally Impaired person, I am happy to have Here maps. I am used to it and trust it.
    05-05-2014 08:27 AM
  24. worldspy99's Avatar
    That's one thing I definitely do not miss... seems like it was only right about 30% of the time.
    HERE Maps shows the destination as a checkered flag bubble and the arrow at the bottom of the bubble indicates left or right. I am okay with that bit spoken left or right destination would be nicer.
    05-05-2014 08:38 AM
  25. danwanna's Avatar
    I've used both and my main complaint is the first turn when starting out. I'm not sure if it is just an issue with me and how I read the phone or something software figuring out which direction I am going.

    Google Maps (or my cars built in GPS) seemed to do a better job of figuring out where I was (likely in a parking lot) and gave me the correct first step. For some reason, with Here Drive+ I seem to take the wrong first turn more often than if I just flipped a coin. It does a great job of quickly rerouting me to get back on the road but it is a bit frustrating.

    I am a consultant as well and travel all over the US and Europe, so I am often completely clueless as to where I am going. I think I just need to play with it a bit when I am in my car and either know where I am going or have my built in GPS as a double check. Maybe there is a queue I am missing in the UI.
    05-05-2014 09:00 AM
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