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On thinking about it, I think it is a good idea to get both. A cheap backup satnav but use your phone primarily.
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(Original post by Talon)
You would need to download the maps in advance - this would be difficult if you don't have access to the internet when you start your journey.
Normally you download the map(s) when you install the app. For example, I have downloaded the whole and Britain and France. Anywhere in those countries I can navigate offline. You don't download the map or region just before you set off.
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(Original post by Talon)
On thinking about it, I think it is a good idea to get both. A cheap backup satnav but use your phone primarily.
Yeah coz you can get a Binatone satnav for like £40 maybe even less
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(Original post by Dont know65)
Yeah coz you can get a Binatone satnav for like £40 maybe even less
Doesn't mean it's any good. Why do you need a satnav system?
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(Original post by IWMTom)
Doesn't mean it's any good. Why do you need a satnav system?
I might need to drive somewhere i dont know the way round
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(Original post by Dont know65)
I might need to drive somewhere i dont know the way round
Right.. and do you not have a smart phone?
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(Original post by IWMTom)
Right.. and do you not have a smart phone?
I do but what if it runs out of charge and im using it for a journey im screwed
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(Original post by Dont know65)
I do but what if it runs out of charge and im using it for a journey im screwed
There's these amazing devices called chargers... their sole purpose is to avoid the exact problem you have.....
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(Original post by IWMTom)
Don't buy a satnav lol they're pretty much obsolete.

Waze and a phone holder is all you need.
I've been with someone relying on these and they got lost - you shouldn't touch them whilst driving and the screens are much smaller than a sat nav.
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(Original post by Muttley79)
I've been with someone relying on these and they got lost - you shouldn't touch them whilst driving and the screens are much smaller than a sat nav.
You shouldn't touch a satnav whilst driving either.
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(Original post by IWMTom)
You shouldn't touch a satnav whilst driving either.
A mobile is far more likely to need it - none of the mobile apps have the same detail [yet] as a good sat nav
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(Original post by Muttley79)
A mobile is far more likely to need it - none of the mobile apps have the same detail [yet] as a good sat nav
I regularly drive the length and breadth of the country using only Waze and I've never had an issue.

There's nothing a satnav can do that a smartphone can't.
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(Original post by IWMTom)
I regularly drive the length and breadth of the country using only Waze and I've never had an issue.

There's nothing a satnav can do that a smartphone can't.
Screen size and definition far better on a sat nav - just because you are OK doesn't mean it's best for everyone. As I said been a passenger and seen it go badly wrong ...
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Connecting my phone to my car using CarPlay is much better than any Sat Nav I've ever had and it's completely hands free. Of course not all cars will have a screen that will allow this.
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(Original post by Muttley79)
Screen size and definition far better on a sat nav - just because you are OK doesn't mean it's best for everyone. As I said been a passenger and seen it go badly wrong ...
I'm really not sure how it went badly wrong. Was the driver deaf or just plain stupid?

The audio prompts are loud enough, but not only that there's very clear bold instructions in large text AND large arrows on the screen.

If they can't see large UI components a foot infront of them, I'd be concerned about their eyesight on the road.
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(Original post by IWMTom)
I'm really not sure how it went badly wrong. Was the driver deaf or just plain stupid?

The audio prompts are loud enough, but not only that there's very clear bold instructions in large text AND large arrows on the screen.

If they can't see large UI components a foot infront of them, I'd be concerned about their eyesight on the road.
Kept losing signal amongst other things - let's agree to disagree - people are entitled to make up their own minds
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There's these amazing devices called chargers... their sole purpose is to avoid the exact problem you have.....
With most phones if the battery is dead it takes a few mins for it to get enough power for it to start so that will delay my journey. With a sat nav it will have charge in because i dont use it a lot.

You seem against sat navs
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(Original post by Muttley79)
Kept losing signal amongst other things - let's agree to disagree - people are entitled to make up their own minds
Each to their own
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Screen size and definition far better on a sat nav - just because you are OK doesn't mean it's best for everyone. As I said been a passenger and seen it go badly wrong ...
You what? Most people have phones the size of small countries these days, but even smaller phones are the same size or slightly larger than ~£100 sat navs. Even my phone which is a few years out of date has a 5.5" IPS display with 1080x1920 resolution. I can almost guarantee that no sat nav will come even close to that kind of resolution.

Personally I'll take the live traffic, free map updates, and free software updates from Google Maps over a TomTom/Garmin. I'm not a complete idiot and can read road signs/read a road atlas and navigate without a sat nav if necessary though.

There are countless news reports of people following real sat navs into rivers and muddy fields. That's a stupid person problem, not a tool problem. Overall IMO a phone running Google Maps is a better tool than a dedicated sat nav - especially when you consider the extra purchase price of a sat nav.
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(Original post by Dont know65)
With most phones if the battery is dead it takes a few mins for it to get enough power for it to start so that will delay my journey. With a sat nav it will have charge in because i dont use it a lot.

You seem against sat navs
I really don't think a couple of minutes (assuming you even let your battery drain that far) is enough of a reason to require a separate device to do an identical job.

It's unnecessary to have a standalone device for this.

I won't get into how poor the satnav market is in terms of planned obsolescence.
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