02-22-2015 09:47 AM
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  1. ZezzeX's Avatar
    Ok, I'm curious what navigation app people are using. I've been trying to use here drive, but i'm fed up with it.

    Today my phone continued to give me directions that had my son comment "Why are we driving around in circles?" I pulled over to look at the app and I could see that all I had to do was drive a little bit more and then take a left and my destination was straight ahead. I started to drive was ready to take a left where I could see my destination when my phone told me yet again to "take a right and then a right". My wife being an iPhone user told me "Ignore the stupid windows phone." It's hard to depend a phone that continues to give bad directions
    01-02-2015 07:44 PM
  2. ven07's Avatar
    01-02-2015 07:50 PM
  3. bikertomk's Avatar
    I like Waze for the "social" features that enable users to instantly report road hazards, traffic, police, speed cameras, etc. It also does an excellent job of rerouting around traffic. I've learned a number of new alternate routes around typical bottlenecks that I never knew about until I started using Waze.
    vEEP pEEP likes this.
    01-02-2015 07:57 PM
  4. rpac78's Avatar
    I recommend Waze as well. It's nice to have the app redirect me if the traffic gets bad or an accident happens. It also has search options with Google, yelp, and others so it really does have everything covered. The only thing missing is a satellite view but I use gmaps for that.
    01-02-2015 08:04 PM
  5. forked's Avatar
    I have had similar frustrations and my wife is a little hesitant to switch to WP because of the issues I've had with Here maps. The interface is great but I don't trust it anymore.
    01-02-2015 08:05 PM
  6. gernerttl's Avatar
    I use Here+ Drive. It allows you to download maps to the phone so you can use them off line. It's one of the better ones out there.
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    01-02-2015 08:24 PM
  7. ZezzeX's Avatar
    I've been staying away from waze just because I know google owns it now, and we all know that google doesn't support any of their services on WP. The waze app hasn't been updated 2/25/2014 and it probably wont be long before google just pulls the app from the windows phone store. But I suppose I could give it a try. It sure beats driving around in circles.
    Kevin Rush, ven07 and vEEP pEEP like this.
    01-02-2015 09:06 PM
  8. rpac78's Avatar
    I hear ya about Waze; I was worried as well but it seems that the last update fixed the major bugs and it works well on my 1520.

    I also wavered back and forth between Waze and Here+ but I was convinced when Waze took me around a traffic jam while Here+ directed me right into it. It's not Here+ fault, it just couldn't redirect me around a jam that popped up after I started it.
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    01-02-2015 10:07 PM
  9. bmetelsky's Avatar
    I use Here+ Drive and have not had any negative issues.
    01-02-2015 10:36 PM
  10. abausch's Avatar
    I use Waze everyday. It's gotten me around numerous accidents and backups. I used to hate the fact that it didn't work in landscape mode, but now I'm used to it. Too bad Google will never update it.
    01-02-2015 10:47 PM
  11. ajb1965's Avatar
    Here+ for navigation. I also use twitter for up to the minute traffic info, have a couple of traffic centric feeds pinned.
    01-02-2015 10:48 PM
  12. daveey's Avatar
    I was very pleased with HERE Drive+.
    If you download your maps, it works totally offline.
    01-02-2015 10:59 PM
  13. DavidinCT's Avatar
    I have Here drive+ and Garmin installed... I use Here Drive+ the most. It works with Cortana so if tell it where I need to go, she opens Here Drive+....
    01-02-2015 11:27 PM
  14. Chubbynaga's Avatar
    Waze is my primary app. Here Drive is my backup. Tried Mapquest and disliked it.

    if there's an app someone should copy, its Waze. Waze on WP is so inferior compared to the IOS version. i would like to use a Waze alternative but couldn't find any(free) equivalent in WP app store. I think Here Drive should be overhauled so it has better user experience like Waze.
    01-03-2015 12:44 AM
  15. 07outback's Avatar
    I have used Here+, Garmin Street Pilot, Co-Pilot, and Navigon. I like Here+, but it lacks is exit numbers. Doesn't have junction or exit view. These are important to me when traveling.

    Garmin is great but it is a data hog as your device needs to connected to the network at all times, and doesn't give alternative route options. Garmin also can not be selected as your primary mapping software like the others can I WP. It is expensive, but has no in app purchases that are required and all maps are stored on the net and downloaded as needed. The software isn't updated as frequent as the others are.

    Co-Pilot is nice but it doesn't provide speed limit notice when you are not on major highways and travel times are not accurate. Maps are updated quarterly, and you pay $9.99 a yr for real time traffic. Though when entering in an address you need to know the city, which could be a hassle, so you are better off asking Cortana and then she will open up Co-Pilot. Co-Pilot will remember your frequent routes by watching your driving habits so if you go different route than what is suggested it will remember it for the future.

    Navigon's UI is very appealing in the 3D view The software provides everything the others don't or lack. It is the most expensive of the navigation apps in the market at nearly $50.00. You really need to get it when it is on sale for $37.99. Every 2 yrs you will need to renew the maps at a cost of $29.99. This provides the latest maps downloaded quarterly, and real time traffic. There is an in app purchase of $7.99 that provided 3D topography that makes the UI even more amazing; this 3D is on top of the 3D that comes with the app. I am currently using Navigon as it suits my needs the best.
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    01-03-2015 07:23 AM
  16. EBUK's Avatar
    I've used Here Drive and Navmii.

    Here Drive: good interface, easy to use, next road name is given ("Turn left into Vinceton Streen.") But voice is a bit disjointed at times in the UK, and Here maps are out of date by almost 2 years in some places.

    Navmii: easy to use, Open Street Maps may be more up to date than Here Maps, clear voice. But interface takes getting used to.

    I think I'll probably stick with Navmii for the foreseeable future unless Here Maps are updated.
    01-03-2015 07:58 AM
  17. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Most often used for 2 years...CoPilot. It is also able to be opened by voice (CoPilot, take me home). Still use Here Drive, though. Both have off line maps.
    01-03-2015 08:06 AM
  18. ohgood's Avatar
    Ok, I'm curious what navigation app people are using. I've been trying to use here drive, but i'm fed up with it.

    Today my phone continued to give me directions that had my son comment "Why are we driving around in circles?" I pulled over to look at the app and I could see that all I had to do was drive a little bit more and then take a left and my destination was straight ahead. I started to drive was ready to take a left where I could see my destination when my phone told me yet again to "take a right and then a right". My wife being an iPhone user told me "Ignore the stupid windows phone." It's hard to depend a phone that continues to give bad directions


    if you had an android device i'd have a slew of apps to recommend, with or without cellular data needed.


    for windows it looks like the most up to the second, reliable, free app is waze.

    i've watched an accident happen, a waze user pop up reporting it, and the map (redirecting also) all within less than a minute. google maps would be a close second for speed of updates, but i don't think you want to hear anything about google maps understandibly. here maps (a terrible name for an app) would be a 4th or 5th place, but i don't know of any fill ins.
    01-03-2015 08:13 AM
  19. aximtreo's Avatar
    I've used Co-Pilot for years now. I find it does what I want and the maps reside on my phone or SD card. You might give it a try.
    01-03-2015 10:08 AM
  20. wilks7's Avatar
    Here Drive+.......been using it since day one...once you get the settings right its good!!
    01-03-2015 10:38 AM
  21. bmetelsky's Avatar
    Is anybody aware of a navigation app that will tell you if your destination will be coming up on the left/right? This is the only gripe I have with Here Drive+.
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    01-03-2015 10:43 AM
  22. vEEP pEEP's Avatar
    I use HERE.

    When I ask Cortana for directions it opens HERE.

    Here also shows 'total delay'. A lot of times I know when traffic is going to be bad in my home city, and there is no way around it.

    I'm also a Nokia fan and have been using their iterations of mapping for a while (since 2010). I like I can download maps and use them in areas with no internet.

    My $0.02

    Mr. V
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    01-03-2015 04:24 PM
  23. stephen_az's Avatar
    My first recommendation is not Here Drive. It remains the worst navigation app I have ever used in the western United States. Only Apple's app outdoes it for stupid in the places I go.

    Directions in Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas range from basic/acceptable (some of the time) to inefficient to perplexing (being polite). The following are just a few examples to hopefully demonstrate my comments are not meant as hyperbole. First, it never figured out that several major east west roads in the East Valley in the Phoenix metro area cross highways more than once so even with routing set correctly it would give directions off a freeway 10+ miles from the correct exit. As a second example, it insisted the fastest route from Phoenix to Albuquerque is via Flagstaff (due north and then east) instead of the direct northeast diagonal along SR87 and 260. The route via Flagstaff is 90 minutes to two hours longer. Out of curiosity I left it on to see how long it would continue to tell me to make a U-turn back to Scottsdale and then go to Flagstaff - it kept directing me back for most of the drive to the SR87/260 intersection in Payson (about 90 minutes). Then there was the amusing instance when I was looking for the nearest Trader Joes in Tempe and the directions were a mile + loop back to the same intersection where I was parked (it was on the other side of the road). Its real time traffic is also quite bad and the maps are disgracefully out of date, in spite of the fact that updates to the map sets happen pretty regularly. It does not know, for instance, that there is a direct route to the FedEx depot east of the El Paso Airport and gives directions when coming from the west to loop completely around the airport. The direct road has been open for some time. Finally, it still thinks you can make a right turn off one of the I-10 exits in El Paso (Cotton to be specific) in spite of the fact the things right of the ramp are the 100+ year old Southern Pacific Railroad, Rio Grande, and Mexican border. I honestly keep it on my phone for occasional amusement and to see if they have bothered to update their algorithms to something other than schizophrenic.

    With all of that said, Copilot is very good all around but has slightly choppy voice prompts. The other downside is the screen pops up every time it gives a verbal direction instead of just giving directions in the background (with the screen off). Its real time traffic, however, is excellent as is its common sense routing. The maps are also, in my opinion, exceptionally clean and viewable and are downloadable for offline use. I consider them to be superior to the Here Drive maps. The other program I have tried is gMaps Pro which offers some sophisticated mapping and locational options but in spite of the fact that WP says it should offer voice prompts I have never found them to work.
    01-03-2015 05:00 PM
  24. emiel1976's Avatar
    i stated with copilot but now only here drive+
    01-03-2015 06:42 PM
  25. gMaesterUK's Avatar
    As much as I like Here Drive+, as a former TomTom user it to me was a step backwards. On TomTom if I knew there was a roadblock ahead or a section of road I wanted to ignore before setting off I knew how to do that so it would find a better route. Here you can't do that.
    I did give feedback to the Here team, got the standard response that we listen to feedback and will improve service. However to my knowledge and experience, nothing has been improved since it's release. Maps get updated, but I would like some of the nice functionality of TomTom on my phone.
    As it's free I can't complain too much, as it has helped me find some shortcuts, it just doesn't handle traffic situations very well.

    G.
    01-04-2015 03:26 PM
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