Re: gps recommendations?
Jerry Feldman <gaf@...
2013-05-19 11:21:47 GMT
One feature that I was not able to get working on the Android version of
Google Maps is route manipulation by moving the lines like you can on
the web version. The advantages of a commercial GPS system, like TomTom
is the screen size. Also, your maps are all preloaded. In a smartphone,
your maps are loaded via your data connection, but there is a way to
preload your maps before going into an area where you may not have wifi.
It depends on your cache size. Also look at mapdroyd. I once compared
Google Maps nav with Lexus nav, and I preferred the Google Maps route.
On 05/18/2013 07:44 PM, Mac wrote:
> My tomtom was stolen a year ago. About that time I upgraded my Android
> phone. I tried google maps and navigator and found it more than
> adequate. Haven't bothered with anything else since.
> On May 18, 2013 2:14 PM, "David Rysdam" <david@...
> <mailto:david@...>> wrote:
> On Sat, 18 May 2013 14:03:23 -0400, Jerry Feldman <gaf@...
> <mailto:gaf@...>> wrote:
> > On 05/18/2013 01:46 PM, David Rysdam wrote:
> > > On Sat, 18 May 2013 11:49:21 -0400, Joshua Judson Rosen
> > >> David Rysdam <david@...
> > >>> Helpfully unhelpful: But maybe what this proves is that no
> GPS has ever
> > >>> heard "it's the journey, not the destination".
> > >> I think the point of Tilmann's notes in the FoxtrotGPS manual
> is that
> > >> `the vertices *are* the edges', e.g.:
> > >>
> > >> * Do not set your waypoints on crossings. Instead, set
> them on the
> > >> road between crossings.
> > > I saw that. It's possible that it might function the way you
> suspect in
> > > some cases. However, having had some inexplicable (and some
> > > explicable-by-positing-the-GPS-is-dumb) experiences, I suspect
> > > would frequently happen is a route that did NOT include that edge,
> > > except for the one point I happened to stick on there. I.e.
> > >
> > > 1) a completely unexpected route
> > > 2) get on an entrance ramp to My Chosen Highway
> > > 3) drive past the point
> > > 4) take the next exit
> > > 5) continue on with GPS's idea of what I want
> > >
> > > This is "easily" solvable by putting more points on My Chosen
> > > Highway...for someone with infinite patience in trying to
> trick software
> > > into doing the right thing. From the volume of responses I've
> > > telling me about wayPOINTS, routePOINTS, and
> POINTS-of-interest, I must
> > > be the only one who wants a feature that lets me input *lines*.
> > >
> > You can to that with Google Maps. I'm not sure exactly what you
> want to
> > do, but it is much more flexible than the standard GPS.
> Yeah, at one point I was going to say "What I want is Google Maps, but
> in portable form". That's not exactly true, but closer than what I
> now. Maybe I need to get an smartphone. But it seems like if this
> functionality can exist in a phone, it can exist in a GPS. Or
> maybe the
> crucial factor is the internet access, in which case a smartphone
> wouldn't help me either (since I wouldn't always be in a coverage
Jerry Feldman <gaf@...>
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