OT: using tablet as a Sat nav

Does anyone do this ?.
I have never bought one of these things but so much now seems to demand an 'app download' I might have to bite the bullet.
Everything with a remote control has an app which has more functionality.
Can you download maps like you do with (older) Toms-toms, or would this only work if the tablet has the cellular option as well as wifi ?.
Does anyone actually buy standalone SatNav units for cars these days ?.
Andrew
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Andrew wrote:

not much needed now with advent of smart phones.
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On 10/01/2020 13:49, FMurtz wrote:

Better eyes are needed for Smart phones, which is why I am more interested in the Tablet route.
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On Friday, 10 January 2020 14:11:11 UTC, Andrew wrote:

I can understand that, but you can get some pretty big phones screen wise, I'm not sure if using a phone as a hotspot will give accurate enough tablet positioning info.
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You don’t need to, there are tablets with full GPS capability and phablets too.
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On Friday, 10 January 2020 16:15:03 UTC, Rod Speed wrote:

Seems a waste to just buy a tablet for use in the car to read maps though. Might as well get something you can use as a phone too, unless yuo really d o need a really big screen.
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Not if you only spent 49 quid on it
FTAOD, I don't just use it for maps. I also use if for playing back video, something that I could never do using the poxy screen on a phone (though I had to buy an extra memory card for this functionality)
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You don’t use it to read maps, you have the full turn by turn navigation and a much bigger screen that allows you to see the lane detail at complex intersections better and its easier to see the current speed limit and your car speed on the big screen too.

The best tablets can be but obviously arent as portable when out of the car. Corse you can get real radical and have a big tablet that you leave in the car and a decent smartphone as well.

It is handy if you use whats on the scene much while driving. The phone screen is too small to use when actually driving.
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Use the voice on the smart phone. I can even do it for walking navigation. otherwise then you can normally update maps when you are on your wifi, assuming your car or phone does not already have a hotspot for such things. Brian
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On Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:11:04 +0000, Andrew wrote:

Can you not *listen* to the route ?
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Mostly works. And the built in system on my car includes the option of having an arrow and hour glass display at the bottom of the rev counter (where you can also get all the other OBC type things). As you approach a turn off etc, not only do you get a verbal warning, but the hour glass starts filling, and you take the turn when it's full. Hardly ever have to shift your view to the sat nav display.
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On 10/01/2020 13:44, Andrew wrote:

Satnavs require GPS receivers which are inbuilt to a lot of smart phones. You need to check if the tablet has a GPS receiver.
TomTom do a Satnav App where the maps can be downloaded to your own device so you don't necessarily need a cellular phone or wi-fi to operate while on the move. You would need one of these functions (or a connection to a PC) to get the App and map on the device in the first place. You may need a cellular network connection if you want real time traffic updates that can automatically alter your routing to avoid traffic jams or accident road closures.
(Other SatNav Apps are available which may operate in the same/similar way)

Many cars now come with their own build in Satnavs with the full maps installed in the cars memory.
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On Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:44:31 +0000, Andrew
We have done yes. We also had the GPS outputting to a Laptop and giving us a 'moving map' before such things were commonplace. ;-)

We have several (different sizes / Android / Apple) and they can be handy.

Played with but never used in earnest.

It only needs it's own GPS functionality.

We do and would do so again if we lost what we have (Garmins for years here).
We do use Google maps on the phone now and again but prefer to keep the phone for phone use (and the Garmin GPS can act as a BT speaker / mic).
Cheers, T i m
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On 10/01/2020 13:44, Andrew wrote:

Have used a tablet (wifi,not cellular) in the past, there are apps that let you download the maps. TBH these days I use Google Maps on the phone, the voice commands are usually all you need. Plus you get real time updates on traffic conditions, although not always reliable. I was incorrectly detoured off M5 the other day, from their misreading of either an M50 or an M4 closure.
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On 10/01/2020 14:50, newshound wrote:

If you live or drive in relatively heavily populated areas then you may want to consider Waze. Owned by Google and uses its maps and search engine it is basically a much superior navigation app to Maps whilst enjoying all the benefits.
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On 11/01/2020 23:37, JoeJoe wrote:

In general all SatNavs use the same 2 or 3 sources of Maps and the better map may depend on which country you are navigating through or even which part of the country.
The biggest difference I've found is the user interface and most annoying is some of the commercialisation of the "freebee" App that now have sponsored "Points of Interest" such as the nearest McDonald.
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Its more complicated than that. Google maps very quickly applys user supplied map error reports. Apple doesn’t.

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Not IME
I usually got "you haven't supplier enough proof, go away"
Not helped by them removing the possibility of entering the problem immediately you found it if you weren't online at that time (obviously to be sent to them when you were next online).
so I gave up
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On 12/01/2020 10:29, tim... wrote:

That to stop people reclassifying rat run roads as one way streets etc.
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wrote

I've never had that and I have done plenty of corrections. I usually so post real evidence like a photo of the sign post where a particular street is not named or has the wrong name and sometimes that is their own street view.
It did take months for one error to get fixed. They originally had the spelling of Snaidero Road correct, then somehow it got changed to Snadero and they ignored the correction I supplied which included a photo of the street sign. Likely the council map data was wrong and that’s why they decided that my correction was wrong. It did get fixed eventually maybe when the council data was fixed.
It can get fixed amazingly quickly. We had a major road junction out of town completely rebuilt with a big roundabout added. The council had closed the entire intersection for months due to the massive amount of work involved with a big drainage channel in the irrigation area right next to it. I knew about the closure and asked for a routing past it expecting the official diversion to be used but was surprised when it routed me thru it on the day it opened.
Some clown had moved our Anglican Cathedral to one of the slum back streets of a tiny little local village and that correction was accepted very quickly and they had obviously not required any evidence of the original move.
Just checked the new roads in what we call a new housing subdivision and you lot call a new estate which go sealed a couple of weeks ago now and they havent appeared yet. I don’t usually report those because its too much work to do that with new streets.

I gave up on Apple, they never fixed any error I reported. Others have had a better result, but not in my town which is in the wilds of australia. Must try another next time, The previous attempts where a few years ago now.
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