Thought I'd give the Trial Route66 Maps and Navigation app for Android a test run. This is a summary of said app. on my Android phone. I had access to LAN Wifi Internet, but not mobile Internet. |
Overall it looks pretty impressive as a in-car navigator. No problem at all downloading to Android phone from the Market and if you like the trial version and want to purchase a full "lifetime Worldwide Navigation licence", you can do so via the app for $65 USD or thereabouts but I'm not sure if that includes the Traffic updates.
Street map detail seems mostly up to date in my area. New housing estates NW of Brisbane are included on the maps along with some streets that haven't even been paved yet, but doesn't include a fairly major newly constructed road elsewhere. It seems that my chosen (Australia) map download is the basemap only and street level maps need a network connection to load in as-you-go, but once cached in the phone the street map tiles and POIs are accessible offline.
"Follow Me" Augmented Reality Navigation is a neat feature using the inbuilt phone camera. When I fired up this function, the map graphics changed 90 degrees to the phone's horizontal, no matter the rotation of the phone! When panning the street map, North seemed to display randomly, which was a bit offputting and I couldn't find a setting to change it. Using the full features of the app. drained my phone battery faster than I would have liked.
Manual map rotation and 2D/3D view can be controlled by 'dragging' the screen, a double-tap zoomed in, and double-tap with two fingers zoomed out. Searchable History, Address (via network connection), POIs, Contacts, Favourites with text input, and tap-and-hold points on the map for navigation options worked well. Autorouting and route description/directions were clear and easy to understand, with a quite bearable English female voice by default, or downloadable others including "Australian". Usual route navigation options for fastest, shortest, walking, driving, avoid motorways, toll roads, ferries, etc. are easy enough to find and set to your preference, and nice features like speed cameras, traffic info, Wikipedia pages, 3d buildings, and weather.
I would consider purchasing a navigation licence for this app. for it's convenience, however the main reason I wouldn't buy is the equal inconvenience of major functions, like detailed maps and address search, not working without an Internet connection. The weakest link in the 'chain' was the GPS signal of my phone, so hopefully I'll be able to try a better quality GPS signal via Bluetooth, with my phone and Route66 for Android, before the app trial period finishes.
Ease of use.
Fast and clear directions and graphics.
Price (not including phone and Internet).
Street level Maps.
NOT SO GOOD
Major functions (Address Search and street-level mapping) don't work without internet access.
The Follow Me feature didn't work properly on my phone.
Originally Posted by mihermano
I tried the trial Android version, and wrote this (below) on another website a while ago.
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Updated: November 23, 2011
Originally Posted by mihermano
Looks like they have a free and a premium version now available.
Everything is free, until you have to pay.