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malaki86
No worries. I'm guessing that the next version (whatever they'll call it) will look/act the same as what their current offering for the mobile devices has.
malaki86
I do hope they took some of my suggestions and implemented them, such as hotkeys and remembering your view mode.
GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by malaki86
I do hope they took some of my suggestions and implemented them, such as hotkeys and remembering your view mode.
I'm pretty sure they aren't listening to us... certainly not duly considering our recommendations anyway.

But HEY! They do have NEW SKINS for the iOS CoPilot. So that's something, huh?
Ken in Regina
You seem to be under the misapprehension that these companies care much about what hardcore users would like. Once they get the basics about right they are much more interested in the average consumer -- the 96% who buy this stuff for trivial uses. Skins are way more important to the average purchaser than most of the stuff you've listed.

For what it's worth, I have CoPilot Live on my Android phone and I hardly ever use it. For a couple of significant reasons.

1. I find the user interface quite obtuse. In fairness, I suppose, I should mention that I'm a long time user of Garmin stuff. They don't have an Android product yet so I don't know if they will build something as awful as CoPilot Live for that platform or not. Or if they will ever get around to it at all.

2. I find the search features limiting.

So I use Google Maps or Google Search for finding things of interest. I do not find this limited at all by the need for a data connection. When I'm out in the boonies where I do not have some sort of internet connection I rarely find myself wanting to find the nearest Starbucks.

Or to put it another way, the only time I feel the need to search for things is when I'm in a sufficiently populated area that there are choices. And almost certainly a data connection.

For navigation I still use one of my trusty Garmin personal navigation devices. I've tried all the laptop stuff. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. But for me it's the user interface and the form factor. Over the years the makers of dedicated navigation devices have pretty much nailed the user interface. And it's simply not convenient to mount or operate a laptop-based setup in my car.

When it comes to apps on handheld devices, my benchmark is still Garmin's Mobile XT app. I used it on my Palm T|X and on my Palm Centro smartphone. It comes the closest to providing all of the features of a top of the line personal navigation device without any compromises. Plus it adds the huge advantage of integrating totally with the internal addressbook of the device it's running on.

Until someone, including Garmin, comes up with an app like that for smartphones (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) I will continue to be disappointed.

...ken...
GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
Y...I should mention that I'm a long time user of Garmin stuff. They don't have an Android product yet so I don't know if they will build something as awful as CoPilot Live for that platform or not. Or if they will ever get around to it at all..
They don't have StreetPilot for Android yet, only for iOS and Windows Phone
http://www8.garmin.com/apps/

But they do have something else: Garmin bought Navigon, and they're back in the game now.
http://www.navigon.com/portal/us/produkte/navigationssoftware/mobile-navigator-android.html
The USA&Canada version is $40 ($10 cheaper than the USA version?)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navigon.navigator_checkout_na&feature=mo...yX2NoZWNrb3V0X25hIl0
It's not rated all that highly by reviewers at the link above though.
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