7 inch tablet for nav

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  1. PORKSTER

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    Have a nexus 7 was thinking of using it for navigation what's best ?
     
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    I used to say FreeNav but it recently told me Scotch Corner was just outside Scarborough.... good job I check before following the instructions!
     
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    Think you ment navfree, which is ok but the google maps ,nexus comes with is fine, got us back from France many times
     
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    Copilot Live.
     
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    Better than TomTom - it doesn't know Scotch Corner exists.:D
     
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    Anyone remember when Scotch Corner was a roundabout on the A1.
     
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    I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab and tried all mentioned and by far the best is Co Pilot .

    finding a suitable mount has been my problem .. two that I've tried so far have been useless pieces of plastic crap..

    Tablets are relatively heavy so need a substantiation mount ... The first one I bought you couldn't read the map for it shaking.. the second one was little better and it kept falling off the screen..

    Before paying for Co-Pilot my advice is to find a decent mount, (if one exists) then try out Google maps and Navfree ..
     
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    I have my nexus in one of those cases that fold up, and if you have a clipboard thingy in your van in the centre of the dash, I just open the case and hold the case in the clip , and the tab just sits there, never fell off and it doesn't viberate
     
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    Just experimenting with that yesterday as a back up. Co-pilot is very good
     
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    I use CoPilot on my Nexus 7, which is mounted similar to how Chaser mounts his, with the addition of a small amount of self adhesive velcro to stop sway. I find the software and display excellent and got us to our destination in Agde without a hitch, the problem we have is that even with the settings set to Low Power mode it still consumes battery life quicker than can be recharged. So I am faced with either turning it off when the heading is simply followed (like on an Autoroute or Motorway) or use the same software (installed with the same licence) on my Samsung Galaxy S3 mounted on the (redundant) interior mirror with some sophisticated elastic bands!
     
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    Yes, power consumption was something we hadn't considered. It was only as a back up anyway as we have a Pioneer App radio which is ok for navigation and music but the worlds worst radio and slightly iffy Bluetooth hands free.
     
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    Is it the co pilot that uses the power, or the tablet itself because we have never run out useing google maps
     
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    You have the skills, make one. I made one that clipped in the map clip on the Ducato.
     
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    I think it is the app. Used it for music and it never runs out.
     
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    I've used Sygic for my 7inch Asus (like Nexus but also a phone) for the last 18000 miles across much of Europe. Apart from the odd 'argument' with 'that women! it's worked fine. The mapping is from Tom Tom I believe.
     
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    My thanks to all who have responded to this thread.

    Jill has just bought a Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 so I have inherited her Tab 2 7.0 and was thinking of installing a truck sat nav to it to compare with the Noza Tec.

    I'll look at Co-pilot and Sygic (always assuming I can make a mount :D).
     
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    I think the trick is to use the mount as suggested by Brian but avoid the vibration by making the bottom of the tablet, suitably cushioned, rest on the dash....
     
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    Yes, the roundabout is still there as is the hotel along with a camp site which is (for us) a handy distance to travel after work on the way south.
     
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    playing with navfree last night and it was taking forever sometimes failing to find distant routes any ideas ? Also don't I need web connection for Google maps ? I need to get my self sorted for my trip to europe 1st nov
     
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    I've got Navfree on the iPad and also have copilot which I got at an amazing price for both European and USA mapping. Copilot works very well, Navfree is free but you get what you pay for, really.

    In the van, we use Navgate, which is the one used by Pioneer and plays on the iPhone with the appradio as a screen. That works quite well
     
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