GPS on the iPhone

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  1. dotplus6

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    Has anyone got an app for an iPhone as opposed to a standard sat nav?

    I'm trying to locate a good sat nav and I'm finding that people either hate or love a product and no one product seems to shine through. I have posted about sat navs before but no-one managed to convince me to buy a particular model as when someone recommended one there was always someone else who didn't.

    I'm researching iPhone ones atm and wondered has anyone experience of them & can recommend one?

    What would make you buy a sat nav as opposed to using an app (unless you don't have an iPhone before I get any smart replies).

    Thanks in advance for any replies.

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    I think the big issue with a lot of the ones available for the iPhone and other phones is that while the GPS works fine the map data isn't usually completely downloaded to the phone. It only downloads the bit you can see and a little bit more all round and then downloads more as you move around so you are relying on having a good enough internet signal to keep the map updating. A lot of the time you all you see is a grey screen with the GPS position flashing in the middle. If anyone knows of an app that downloads the complete map and saves it I would be interested to see it as well.
     
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  3. Robert Clark

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    I use Google Maps as a sat nav on my iPhone. Also have a battery pack to keep it fully charged as sat nav uses lots of battery power
    Works great as a bike sat nav too
     
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  5. dotplus6

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    Having done some googling, there appear to be quite a few that can be downloaded beforehand so therefore no need to use roaming data. As usual, lots of pros and cons so I'll have to troll through them all & see which suits best. Have good maps anyway - this is just as back up though it may end up being the other way around. Will let you know when I choose the one I'm going to use & will give a report on it when I get back home.

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    Do you mean to plug it into the cigarette lighter?
     
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    Dotplus6. I use a bog standard TomTom when driving but am a big fan of Navfree when out of van. Pro: can be used when no signal available (uses downloaded maps). Useful both in no signal places / overseas.
    Con: battery hungry. Carry the charger and find a local cafe.
     
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    Just a note on Google maps.. which I also like and use.

    As I understand it, after you set the journey it cache's the route map, so there is no need for a data connection while driving..
     
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    just download tomtom app and put it on your iphone just the same as a normal tomtom satnav but better picture.
     
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    I use Copilot app on my iPhone and iPad, great because once you've down loaded maps it works off line. I only have free version, uk map free and pay for Europe and you can up grade to work as sat nav with voice direction I believe.
     
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    I have been driving in the US for a week now and my google maps directions on my phone is working without a hitch. Not lost a signal even between skyscrapers.
     
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    I use copilot and it works very well. I think the journey times are a bit optimistic but you can tailor the software to suit your driving speeds on different types of roads.
    Any satnav app will make the phone run hot. If the phone is on a mount in the windscreen area it will get even hotter. The best solution is to make sure that the van blower is set to demist blowing air up over the phone to cool it.
    A mate uses the TomTom app and loves it but you cannot set a motorhome preference in TomTom.

    Cheers

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    Waze - on my Android, presumably also on iOS.
    Likes:
    Free. User updated maps. Navigation accounts for traffic conditions.
    Seems to keep track even if GPS or connectivity drop temporarily.
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    Data usage could be an issue, currently not. (Just checked, seems like it used only 20mb in last month, 30mb the month before, 10mb before that).
     
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    i have tomtom on my iphone not cheap but works fine.
     
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    I have had TomTom on my I phone for 2 years now and is a great tool, as it works offline as well, have been to France/Spain/Portugal/Germany/Sweden/Norway/Finland and done over 10,000mls on it and its never missed a beat, great tool, have had my old tomtom with me as back up but never had to use it, so for me TOMTOM all the time. Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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    Try this one free basic with paid for add ons many countries available
    Used it on iPhone and I pad to go to and from clacton
    Was better than my old sat nav link below

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/ipad-iphone-free-sat-nav.91844/

    Think the I pad has to have a sim in it not sure though
     
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    Try
    https://www.waze.com/
    Best Satnav for iPhone or IPad
     
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    If you buy the Tom Tom app on your iPhone you can then use it on an iPad as well.

    Great tool, used it for years now.
     
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