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Topic # 87984 12-Aug-2011 10:36
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Hi, I heard that some top phones  by HTC have maps for free, some are free, some not and some you also need to pay for routing and offline and turn by turn assistance. 

Does anyone have a webpage where it displays the maps available and the prices assoc?



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  Reply # 505899 13-Aug-2011 09:02
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If you have an Android phone then you will have free Google Maps. Turn by Turn navigation is available in a number of countries including thankfully NZ. So to use it all you need is a data plan.

If all you want is basic maps in a defined area, the latest Google maps allows you to download the maps in a certain radius of where you are located which you do on a wifi connection. They then remain on the phone for 30 days I think.




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  Reply # 505909 13-Aug-2011 09:31
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I just downloaded the HTC Sensation manual and it says maps are free and you get routing instructions but turn by turn voice is a premium product.  So this might be good.

Reason I don't like Google Map is that I will be overseas each year ... I see different countries so a data connection is too expensive.  And I need a lot of maps so caching is not sufficient.  Ie., a few countries on a single 2 week trip for eg.  I travel a lot of mileage too on one area ie., Tokyo to Osaka to Hiroshima could be done in a few days.  In NZ I may see the place and photograph the place from Wanaka to Fiordland to Central Otago.  For NZ I have a Navman but just saying ...

I also need to be able to search POIs (which HTC software caters for I read), as I need to search for a hotel, restaurant, tourist attraction or a subway station.

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  Reply # 505917 13-Aug-2011 09:52
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To be completely honest your best bet might be to go and a buy a cheap Nokia. It's one thing I miss - Nokia's maps are superb, and free.



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  Reply # 505921 13-Aug-2011 10:22
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sbiddle: To be completely honest your best bet might be to go and a buy a cheap Nokia. It's one thing I miss - Nokia's maps are superb, and free.


Thanks :)
Could you expand on that?  I am just in the moment of searching for HTC vs Ovi maps on  youtube.com if such a thing exist. 

I've never used a Android. I have noticed that not all Nokia handsets provide free turn by turn assistance but I am sure there are a few cheaper phones with that (perhaps).  The Ovi maps are beautiful like maps you find in travel brochures but how is HTC Location maps?

Yeah granted, I only had a 2.5" Nokia E75 screen so a big screen is not that required for me.  I just use the GPS, tetris and the business apps mainly.

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  Reply # 505938 13-Aug-2011 10:57
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Granted Google Navigation doesnt' have POI's but Google maps seems to (via the Places app). Places finds restaurants, coffee bars, pubs, attractions, ATM's, petrol stations within 5-6km of your current location which seems good enough.

When I was in the US over Christmas I used Google Maps navigation a fair bit on a prepaid data from from T-Mobile. It didn't seem to burn up much data. I can't speak for Japan and what prepaid data plans are available there. They might be too expensive for you.

I have no personal experience with Ovi maps so take Steve's advice there.




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  Reply # 505940 13-Aug-2011 11:01
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I just want to compare the two ... systems - HTC vs Ovi. 

In some countries prepaid sims are cheap like Thailand but Singapore they are about $20 or so dollars on par with NZ XT/VF.  In Singapore the prepaid data rates was like NZ's $1 for 10MB per day.  There is Starhub in SG but they are only worth it if you are a high user and staying for a few days - ie., $7 per day, like a $21 3 day package. 

But the thing is sometime I might only spend 3 night in a country before I move on. So a few simcards gets expensive.  In May for the 10 days - 1 week and an extra weekend - I saw Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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  Reply # 505960 13-Aug-2011 12:57
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rayonline: I just downloaded the HTC Sensation manual and it says maps are free and you get routing instructions but turn by turn voice is a premium product.  So this might be good.
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Link? I'd love this since I just bought a sensation!


edit: Proper navigation is $80+ for unlimited. so not good at all...
Routing is pretty basic, but works!.



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  Reply # 505970 13-Aug-2011 13:43
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blakamin:
rayonline: I just downloaded the HTC Sensation manual and it says maps are free and you get routing instructions but turn by turn voice is a premium product.  So this might be good.
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Link? I'd love this since I just bought a sensation!


edit: Proper navigation is $80+ for unlimited. so not good at all...
Routing is pretty basic, but works!.


http://dl4.htc.com/web_materials/Manual/HTC_Sensation/20110614_Sensation_HTC_WWE_UM.pdf

I went outside to have a look.  Man, Telecom XT has so much more customers and more phones than Vodafone!

Telecom had the Sensation connected to 3G so we downloaded a NZ map and Singapore map - all free.  NZ does not have subway stations and as I have used my Nokia overseas, I had a look at Singapore.  Man, Nokia maps are superb.  The HTC Location maps (not Google), looks more basic, the subway stations was just a little train icon.  The Nokia had the M icon and it had a black/white rail line showing its route - like what you get from travel brochures.

Yeah, I most probably get a Nokia.  Like to have a Android as well but I think it might be a waste of money getting 2 new phones :p  I don't use much apps.  I gather Android is more versatile, and a better OS and GUI thou. 

And yeah Nokia these days the modern phones all come with free routing, without needing to subscribe to a premium service.

Edit.  Yeah the Sensation requires a Premium service for turn by turn assistance but I think it gives the turns on a summary text screen but might not be real time. 


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  Reply # 505980 13-Aug-2011 14:25
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I'll take mine for a drive later, see how it works IRL and get back to you.



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  Reply # 506230 14-Aug-2011 12:58
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Given that the premium service is about $4US per 30 days, is that for each country or any country?  But even if I needed to purchase 3x so at $12US for a trip, it's not bad.  Have a Navman for NZ. 

Without paying this service, what routing do I get?  Could you explain it?  Does it just give you a summary text screen at the beginning like 2km turn left then another 5 km go straight over the roundabout then 3km turn right into the destination.  So they are not real time text prompting?  Does it draw you a line so you can follow it - or do you need the premium service for that?

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  Reply # 506231 14-Aug-2011 13:00
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Give me an hour and I'll let you know

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  Reply # 506257 14-Aug-2011 14:10
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Right

The text at the bottom has to be scrolled through using the arrows.
the rest is pretty self explanatory

Actually running:

nav2


And a pic of it after you tell it where to go.nav1









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  Reply # 506274 14-Aug-2011 14:50
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Thanks for that Cool

This is without premium service right?
Do you know about the premium service if the subscription is for 30 days for one or for any countries?

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  Reply # 506295 14-Aug-2011 15:14
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my choices right now are NZ or Oz+ NZ. Oz+NZ is 10.99 a month or 104.98 unlimited, NZ only is 9.99 for 30days or 84.98 unlimited. Routing is by route66 www.66.com



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  Reply # 506316 14-Aug-2011 15:35
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blakamin: my choices right now are NZ or Oz+ NZ. Oz+NZ is 10.99 a month or 104.98 unlimited, NZ only is 9.99 for 30days or 84.98 unlimited. Routing is by route66 www.66.com


Cool.  Thanks.  That's a big shame for HTC.  I would of thought that the $10 could of been use of all countries in that 30 day period Sealed

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