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  Reply # 1467412 11-Jan-2016 10:49
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Another vote for Here Maps. I have used Here (Nokia) Maps in the US, Oz and here in NZ. It works extremely well, the voice turn by turn navigation is very good and the on screen information is very useful showing which lane to use at intersections and which exit to use on the motorways etc.

Before you leave home download maps for the the region you want to use. No data required since they work offline.  However the search function may be more efficient if you have a working data connection especially when looking for places of interest, e.g. service stations, banks etc. The on phone database may not be a quite as up to date as the online database. Also if yo want to use the "Traffic" feature to see what traffic congestion is like you will need a data connection.

I would never bother with a stand alone nav device. No need to carry a separate device, it works even when you're on foot and trying to find a point of interest in a city.

I'd recommend (though not absolutely necessary with the voice turn by turn nav) using a screen mounted or dash mounted holder so you can view the screen and make sure you have a charger for use in the car. Most cars have USB outlets but not all of these USB outlets will charge your phone.

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  Reply # 1467604 11-Jan-2016 14:04
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jonathan18: ... Does this new Google Maps offline access now include offline search?...

Yep. :)

Try it out - download an area, flick flight mode on, and then search for something in the area, or even directions. IIRC the only thing it doesn't do is traffic because that needs a live data connection of course.


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  Reply # 1468027 11-Jan-2016 22:15
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As lsxw20 said many of the mainstream rentals have builtin satnav, but I found them not as good as my own app. I use Tomtom android, and while not the prettiest around I find it to be far more accurate than the other apps although I haven't used Here. TomTom requires an annual subscription (got mine cheap), but has the advantage in that it gives you realtime traffic monitoring and will suggest alternative routes (didn't help with the 90 min queue to get through the Dartford tunnel though - there are no alternative routes!) The only drawback of this is that it will use a relatively small amount of data, but I just bought a cheap UK sim to get around that.

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