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Topic # 198522 12-Jul-2016 15:39
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I know it has been discussed several times here, but I can find no real consensus.

 

It's now time to update my 10 y.o. Garmin GPS Nuvi 300.

 

My needs are:

 

- Must be easily transferable from car to car. I attach my current Nuvi to the inside mirror using 2 rubber bands (actually, thermostat gaskets) and that system so far has worked in every car I have used or rented.

 

- Must work in remote areas without cellular coverage

 

- Must work worldwide (or, at least, NZ AU Europe USA Asia) and have lifetime map updates

 

- Must accept multi-point itineraries which I can prepare in advance on my home PC

 

- Must have route options like "avoid motorways" and similar

 

I would be interested to read your recommendations. Should I buy an Android phone, or a dedicated GPS unit?


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  Reply # 1590397 12-Jul-2016 15:55
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My 2 cents : the best tool for the job is often the tool designed for the job.





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  Reply # 1590484 12-Jul-2016 18:15
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kiwifidget:

 

My 2 cents : the best tool for the job is often the tool designed for the job.

 

 

Normally I would agree with this approach - but I must say that over the past six months I have been using the free Here Maps app on my Android phone almost daily in the UK and Europe - and it has worked extremely well. Downloaded maps work offline.

 

You can now do the same thing with downloaded saved maps on Google Maps.


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  Reply # 1590487 12-Jul-2016 18:21
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I'm pretty sure any dedicated GPS unit will only have certain regions of maps for free. And then it's only for a couple of years. Other maps are often quite pricey.

 

Google maps are updating now to do multiple destination travel.


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  Reply # 1590544 12-Jul-2016 20:44
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Another vote here for Here Maps.

It's all I ever use, in New Zealand or overseas, download maps over WiFi no need for internet when using them.

If you want to search for something or a location while you're out and about, having a data connection is very useful, something you cannot do with a dedicated GPS.




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  Reply # 1590757 13-Jul-2016 01:03
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I use a Garmin GPS and free OSM maps from garmin.openstreetmap.nl. They are by no means perfect, but often more up-to-date than commercial maps and you can choose what to download and install.

 

 

 

For offline use I install them into Mapsource, a free Garmin program. You may prefer its successor Basecamp.


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  Reply # 1590786 13-Jul-2016 08:03
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+1 Here maps


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  Reply # 1599987 28-Jul-2016 08:04
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I advocated for Here Maps (now renamed Here WeGo) above - but I see Google Maps have recently added multiple stops/waypoints to the functionality of their online and offline map GPS guidance - for Android and iOS. You can have up to nine points.

 

Haven't actually used the multi-point on the road yet but given its very easy set-up, this must make it a strong contender. The ability to set points or destination by clicking on the map is great - and not always so simple with other systems.

 

Edit: Just noticed #blakamin pointed this out in an earlier post.


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