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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,094
    FWIW Apple maps sucks. Really, it just blows.

    Sorry, just had to say it.


    Don't go to the stockmarket thread and say that. They will try to run you off. Only thing that saved the iPhone 5 was allowing users to have Google maps back. Apple thought they knew maps and laid a big egg with the iPhone 5.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,094
    I rarely shop at Harbor Freight. Most of their stuff is below sub standard.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Google Maps is a lot better, especially the way they display traffic.

    Apple maps could not calculate a route to National air port from the Marriott just 3 blocks away. It goes in a circle and never gets inside the air port.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,469
    edited March 2013
    > Only thing that saved the iPhone 5 was allowing users to have Google maps back. Apple thought they knew maps and laid a big egg with the iPhone 5.

    Apple's warranty claims up 46%. That's huge, IMHO.

    >>Don't go to the stockmarket thread and say that. They will try to run you off.

    I've not seen a discussion on edmunds running quite like that one.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,633
    Okay, if you want high end stuff, here's a POI file for Tiffany & Co. Let me know if you can load it on your factory nav. :shades:

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I want it to beep and warn me to stay away. Set it for maybe 1 mile away. LOL
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,633
    LOL, maybe that can be arranged. Who was it that blocked out all the Subaru dealers on one of your rides?

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Audi.

    Not very confident in their product. What if the spouse drives a Subaru?

    Not at all unlikely in the snow belt.
  • vat19vat19 Posts: 5
    Hi all, I just purchased a 2013 CRV EX (no NAV as it was a very expensive upgrade for 2008 technology) and it had bluetooth and displays stuff in i-mid system/screen. I am looking for a stand alone GPS unit that can do voice prompts coming thru the speakers and would interupt music from iphone/ ipod or radio. Very similar to how my iphone works when I get a receiving call. I have used a free app called "WAZE" which works fairly well however that uses up my data plan as I do not have an umlimited plan. Thanks in advance for all input and direction.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You may have to replace the head unit. I can't imagine the OEM radio would mute easily.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,633
    edited April 2013
    One of the Edmunds editor's is on a road trip:

    "The Porsche noticed a 2 mile traffic backup and re-routed me 228 miles away to avoid it. Thanks! @Mike_Magrath"

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,094
    edited April 2013
    My wife was ready to toss the Magellan out the truck window Saturday. We were trying to get to a nursery we have never been to. I looked it up on Google maps and knew the approximate location. Made the mistake of using the NAV. It had us turn onto a street that no longer goes through. And it took us right into the largest swap meet you would ever want to go to. The traffic both vehicles and foot was unbelievable. Took us nearly 30 minutes to get out of that mess. She told me to get her a current San Diego Thomas guide or she would divorce me. Not quite that harsh. But she is far less tolerant of these POC GPS units. I plan to get a Smart phone or a Jetpack with Verizon service for our upcoming road trip. Not sure what I will buy yet. If the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is out that will be my choice.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,633
    And it wasn't even April Fools' Day for y'all. :shades:

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm frustrated with my Magellan unit as well. Besides crashing once in a while, it could not find the Marriott near the air port.

    The hotel has a Rt 1 address, but the entrance is on a side street. The highway goes right by, no exit to get up if you're heading north.

    You'd think a GPS would know that.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,189
    edited April 2013
    When I was in Berlin in 2010, the BMW factory nav had a hell of a time finding the rental car return at Tegel (!) and I almost missed a flight. I actually had to stop at a gas station and ask for directions.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Google Maps helped me but even that had trouble with navigating there.

    Nothing beats a local's knowledge of the roads.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,189
    I remember I knew I was heading away from the airport, with the nav plotting a random turnaround and destination, so I simply turned around and found a place to ask. It would get me on a road near the airport, then keep going past. I don't know what was wrong. To its credit, the Audi I had last took me directly to the right place at Frankfurt.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    http://www.autoblog.com/2013/04/02/mercedes-follows-chrysler-chooses-garmin-for-- next-gen-infotainm/

    Not a bad idea, they have the most easy to use interface. Just make it HD, and they might end up with the best Navi in the business.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,189
    The current MB unit has a pretty high resolution display - not the most gigantic screen anymore, but the image quality is great. Makes my friend's Prius look like an Atari 2600.

    I don't like touchscreens - fingerprints.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yup, you'll recall I commented about how BMW had the bigger screen, but M-B's display was sharper.

    That's why I said Garmin must go HD.

    I like touchscreens, just look at how ubiquitous tablets and smart phones have become. A simple wipe for finger prints works.

    Honda came up with a clever solution - 2 screens. Only the bottom one you touch.

    I don't like the joystick controls because the passenger has to use them left handed. Try using your mouse left handed, and good luck! Or you could limit your spouse search to lefties only. :D

    Voice commands are fine, of course, especially if they can recognize natural speech (most don't).

    These need to work as well as Siri does. Just say "Navigate to Fred's house" and it should search your contacts for Fred and go to that address. Or a command like "Go to the nearest gas station" and let it figure that out.

    The idea of spinning a wheel to enter one single letter at a time is, to me, unacceptable nowadays.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,094
    edited April 2013
    I just bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Verizon JetPack data service. I am using the Note with Wifi at home and went to the OEM Nav app. It gives a bunch of warnings about trusting it and an acceptance by user. I tried the voice on several places around here and it responded correctly to each voice command. It also had the best routing. I am hoping it will be a valuable tool on our next road trip.

    PS
    The built-in GPS was spot on to the room in the house. Using Google maps.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,633
    I'm ambi-mouserous. :)

    Glad to see (I think) MB and Garmin hooking up. Hopefully that'll mean more and cheaper updates for built-in navigation systems and cheaper upfront costs too.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Cool tablet, congrats.

    I kinda want a Galaxy Note 3 as a phone. Fits in my pocket but near-tablet sized screen.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think it's a win-win tie up. M-B has some of the best screens, Garmin has the simplest interface (an area where M-B could improve).

    Garmin gets map updates quarterly, too. Can't beat that.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,633
    Yeah, but mine are free "lifetime" map updates. Doubt that updates will be free in-dash. Would be nice though.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Maybe for the warranty period. Maybe.

    Will there be an SD slot for updates? Or maybe via the car's telematics, though map database are HUGE so that would eat up your whole data allowance.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,633
    edited April 2013
    Oh, good point about eating up the data bandwidth. But I can just imagine the posts now for the alternative - my kid stuck a nickel in the SD slot. :shades:

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,189
    edited April 2013
    Or a harder in-car nav screen surface - most seem kind of porous, and difficult to clean.

    MB Comand will give you a list to scroll once you input a couple letters. Not as easy as direct entry, but you don't have to use the mouse/wheel to enter an entire destination. I usually know where I am going anyway, so accuracy and image quality trumps that for me. The car also has an SD slot, so an update like you mention would be possible, in theory.

    I have yet to see a voice control unit that is really accurate, especially with more than a few words spoken.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I wonder if the issue is glare? So they have to be matte, so there's no reflection in the car. The iPad has a lot of glare.

    Yeah, most GPS use predictive text, and that helps, until you have many streets with similar names.

    The tech is evolving very fast, you have to wonder what we'll see 5 years or so from now. I'm holding out for teleportation. :shades:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,189
    Or really good 3D maps, anyway. And more integrated screens.

    Glare is no doubt an issue.
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