Sat Navs typically have say a 5 inch screen, but i can buy a *ten* inch
Phablet (a tablet which can take a phone sim card) for 60 or 70 pounds
Then get a free Navigation Android App. (like Sygic, or i dont yet know
which of the many is the best one).
Since HWMBO can manage the phablet from the passenger seat is there any
disadvantage in doing it this way, rather than buy the purpose built sat
nav with a much smaller Screen ?
It's the way I've done it for quite a while now. I've used both my
Moto G phone and my cheap Argos/Bush 7" phablet. Both work well, the
app I use is Here! (was Nokia, now someone else) which is free. A big
advantage of the phone/phablet is that it recalculates much faster
than any dedicated SatNav I've ever used.
Would a ten inch screen be a bit too big? Distracting, plus causing a
Can the app download the entire UK map over wifi before you set off, or
would you be using loads of data whilst on the move?
There are many that will download maps for offline use, but a major
advantage of the "connected" apps is that they can get real time traffic
data and reroute if necessary (before you reach the blockage).
I used it on a very long run in to catch a train and it was completely
hopeless compared with google.maps we were running in parallel
on a different phone predicting the arrival time due to congestion.
The advantage of having an "online" connection is that you can get real
time routing and feedback. So for example I find I quite often use my
phone when I want satnav these days - just with the built in google maps
/ navigation, and find the dynamic routing is quite nice - something I
don't get with my "offline" tomtom. The data cost seems fairly low
(although I only use it occasionally)
Yeah, can be handy when you have to get somewhere by
a specific time for an appointment or to leave on a flight or
train etc. It did allow me to see we were cutting it very fine
from a long way out so I could drive like a hoon while I could
because of the congestion it knew about in the city proper.
Yeah, I havent used my for years now.
Yep, bugger all and I pay 7.2c/MB for data.
I use it weekly, mostly for the garage/yard sale run to
get right to the door with the places which include a
street number and with streets I can't quite remember
where they are even tho I recognise the name.
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