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or you can use google maps (http://goo.gl/m9zJh) on your android phone for free, it's probably the best navigation app in the history of history
 
Why would anyone waste their money on VZ Navigator?
 
Sorry Verizon. I will always use google maps. The only time I've ever used vz navigator was on my last phone(LG Dare).
 
Have to agree. This is not needed today for any price when you have so many others that are free. 
 
...so many other better ones that are free
 
Does VZ Navigator avoid the problem of no updates while you are talking on the (3G) phone, so that you won't drive right past the a turn (as I have several times while using Google maps on my Motorola Droid)? Or does Verizon not discuss this issue?

It sure would be good to know if it did, just as it would have been good to know (before purchasing the Droid) that Google Maps didn't.
 
Evidently, Google is announcing a solution (downloadable maps) to the problem I mentioned above today! Better late than never, I guess.
 
VZ Navigation help with truckers. Google maps does not have trucking routes
 
Google Maps is updating to go fully offline. However, for a while now it has not required any data connection at all once the route is planned unless you deviate from the route and it has to recalculate.
 
I won't be using Verizon Navigator ever now that they came up with the bullshit share everything plan. I'm going to US Cellular asap.
 
How long a while? My recollection is that Google Navigation on my (original) Droid has failed to announce turns when I was on the phone within the last year, even the last couple of months, but I haven't tested that thoroughly. My conclusion could be wrong for various reasons- one being that my Droid, with a few apps (many having badly bloated over the last three years) installed, has barely enough stuff to run Navigation without crashing when I am not on the phone.
 
Or use Google Maps navigation for 1 month FREE and FREE thereafter.
 
Which is my plan. I went for a Galaxy S III, even though I can't well afford it (especially after going over the minutes and getting clobbered with a $200 bill the other month, without adequate warning and with zero help when I called to complain). I just had to have The Network,

I still have the Droid, so I may take the time soon  to find out how well it navigates without a data connection.
 
Google Maps will navigate fine without a data connection so long as it had one when it planned the route.
 
Thanks for the information. I will probably do the experiment anyway, if for no other reason, to keep in practice.
 
If you deviate from your path, though, and hadn't manually pre-downloaded maps, it will need a data connection to re-route you, though.
 
My view is that the whole point of computers is not to have to manage those details.
 
Not being able to talk and use data at the same time wasn't a Google or Android problem, but a limitation of Verizon's technology.
 
A Verizon limitation which the VZ Navigator was, apparently, designed to accommodate (for a price) and Google Navigation was not, which fact was, somehow, very far from having been made evident to me before I purchased the Droid. My view, speaking only as a customer, is that I am very much not satisfied that my Droid worked as advertised and I am not inclined to excuse either company.
 
I am judging only from what I have read, but I believe the VZ Navigator always downloaded at least the relevant maps data. I know from experience that I missed more than one turn while talking on my Droid before I learned what was happening to Google Navigation.
 
+Phil Nelson - Ahh... so it didn't do dual data and voice, the maps were pre-downloaded.

Google did that a while back... when you plotted your route, it downloaded all of the data that it needed to get you to your destination, then only needed a data connection if you changed your destination or went off the path and it had to re-route.

Now you have the ability to pre-download parts of the map for offline use. I'm not sure if it's gone further than that at this point. I have admittedly not paid as much attention lately.
 
Yes, that is what I believe, And I suppose this happened without the user having to become well versed in the minutia of map data storage.
 
Yeah, I think it just did it on its own. In either case, Google Maps is making progress in that direction. You can pre-download segments of maps manually and have them available as always offline.

Otherwise, when you plot a route, it will download everything it needs to get you to your destination (barring any recalculations) without your having to do anything.
 
Pay $4.99 a month for VZ Navigator or get Google Maps for free.
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