Final Choice! Android GPS App: Co-Pilot or Sygic?

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  1. Bridie

    Bridie Read Only Funster

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    Hi

    I've been playing around with a variety of GPS Apps for my Android Hudl and since we'll soon be heading out for Carcassonne (and all points between and beyond) I must opt for a preferred App, particularly one that it's easy to import POIs without using complicated (to me anyway) ways of converting etc, especially if it involves using PC/Windows as I am Mac based.

    Thinking to date on free apps:
    • OsmAnd - Like this but it does have a complicated way of importing POIs that I have not been able to master, even using a borrowed PC.
    • MapFactor's Navigator Free - Liked this as much as OsmAnd, but again POI imports and strange voice that I found difficult to understand (I'm a wee bit Corned Beef!)
    • NavFree - Didn't really like the look and feel of this one and again POI difficulties.



    Thinking to date on paid for apps:
    • Co-Pilot - Liked this App. Decent free period to try it out and it seems that the paid upgrade takes POIs imported in OV2 format without much bother.
    • Sygic - Like this too, especially the screen, but short trial period made it hard to give it a full run against Co-Pilot etc. The upgrade to W European maps is a bit dearer than Co-Pilot, but it links with the Dutch Motorhome Parkings App. Sygic's RUPI convertor software for POIs is Windows based, but I tried it on the borrowed PC. Seemed to convert OK, but could not check it out without upgrading Sygic!


    So, I think I'll go for Co-Pilot unless someone here can dissuade me!

    PS: Hudl has been great for the price (free with vouchers in our case).
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    I have Copilot on my phone (paid version) and can't fault it ..

    However.. my phone, Galaxy S3, tends to overheat when used for a while.. then shuts down.. so for that reason I prefer my TT sat nav..

    It's also heavy on the battery so the phone needs plugged in all the time ..

    It's useful for finding you're way about while walking or cycling in unfamiliar towns
     
  3. bungy

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    been a user of co-pilot for quite a few years now and keep trying other ones but always come back to it - it must have taken me well over 200k miles in the last 6 years with only one hiccup

    and that was last year when i ended up going through the middle of Paris instead of round it...not an experience to be repeated...especially in friday rush hour! and that turned out to not have been co-pilot completley at fault but the gps in android going a tad haywire


    I have the premium Co-pilot with full euro maps and traffic activated BTW
     
  4. lunarman

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    I'll suggest another option:

    Igo Primo this is the software used on the chinese truck sat navs that some of us have. There is an Android version which gives all the same functionality.

    Lunarman
     
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    Copilot very good and for ALL of Europe very cheap.
     
  6. chaser

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    Looks like I'm in the minority :Sad: but for me navfree takes some beating, used it all round France last year never missed a beat. Free as well so what you got to lose and google maps will find you any pois that you want:BigGrin:
     
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    Ive got co pilot.............its ok ....but not a patch on a dedicated tom tom.

    barry:Smile:
     
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  8. SMB

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    I've got normal Copilot on my Galaxy Note phone and Copilot truck (allows input of yr vehicles dimensions etc) on my Iphone. As previously mentioned the android phone overheats and switches off, probably due to the large screen taking more power than being supplied when on the move. Its a pity cos it looks great on the note. I have had no problems with the iphone but its a smaller screen.
     
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    I have tomtom android and it works better than my old tomtom 910
     
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    I have both Sygic and Copilot on my Android phone, and have been using Sygic (in several guises) for about 5 years and Copilot for about 4 years. I use Sygic for all European maps and I use the Copilot for maps of the USA - our daughter lives in New Jersey so we visit her quite often. The reason for separate ones was when I looked for a USA map I could not bring myself to pay what Sygic was then asking. Of course all prices have come down since then.

    I prefer Sygic for several reasons. Firstly they will always upgrade you free to their latest version whereas CoPilot do not. Secondly I much prefer Sygic's ergonomics - everything feels much easier than Copilot. And thirdly I have always found Sygic's customer support to be brilliant whenever I need it. If I was buying new now I would go for the Sygic World Edition, which is good value given the countries it covers. And with Sygic you can just download the country maps you have bought any time.
     
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    never had that problem on my note1 and now the note3 and an htc desire before them
    have you set the power saving options up? Gps on low power and screen settings to use device settings.
     
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    I use a note1 and a 10.1"Tab for navigation and neither turn off.
     
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    We use Sygic on the Hudl.

    £35ish for ALL of Europe with lifetime updates.
    Didn't miss a turn or speed camera all the way to the Alps and back!:thumb:
     
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    Thanks for that.
    Encouraging!
    Have you added any POIs to it? If so, was it straightforward?
     
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    Just used the Dutch aire app. No probs at all.
    You just have to be a little careful mid-navigation though, its easy to add via points if you are a bit clumsy zooming in and out!:Eeek:
     
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    Co pilot for me..
    Adding ov2 poi's is a big plus
    It's bright.. Accurate and obviously doesn't require network access..
    I have used it on a sensation s3 and now note 3 with no problems.
     
  18. Ovalball

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    Running sygic at the moment and it is my new flavour of the month.Like the way it shows up and coming POI'S and you can select which ones you want to display.You can also set your own alert ie Wild camping spot ahead etc etc.Traffic is accurate too.
     
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    I use Co-Pilot on a Note3.

    Like it a lot plus Co-Pilot has an RV setting to avoid small roads etc.

    (mine never overheats)
     
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    Looks like I will have to adjust the settings on my Note! Think I will let the red wine wear off first...:beerchug:
     
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