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anyone use droid eris gps navigator?

Discussion in 'Technology' started by gupster88, May 16, 2010.

  1. May 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM
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    so my droid eris updated last night and i now have a gps navigator. it seemed to work pretty well but i ordered a garmin nuvi 265wt and was wondering if anyone has used the droid gps to travel? if its any good i might return the garmin...
     
  2. May 16, 2010 at 10:39 PM
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    Lol. No? does it not work...? i wanted to get the droid
     
  4. May 16, 2010 at 10:45 PM
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    no it does work. but i wanted to see how others think it compares to a regular gps system.
     
  5. May 16, 2010 at 10:47 PM
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    well. its a phone... and a gps is meant fora gps. i would rather get a GPS then use my phone personally i used my dads phone as a gps and it kinda sucked... but thats just me. and he has verizon so hmmm. get a tom tom :) ha
     
  6. May 17, 2010 at 12:39 AM
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    garmin nuvi 265wt...consumer reports' "best buy" :)
     
  7. May 17, 2010 at 2:46 AM
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    sweet thanks. just what i wanted to hear. i didnt want to regret getting the garmin if the droid worked just as good as it did.
     
  8. May 17, 2010 at 3:27 AM
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    I dont know if the Droid GPS Nav. system works as good as a Garmin because I dont have a Garmin. It (Droid GPS) works just fine for me.
     
  9. May 17, 2010 at 4:01 AM
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    I have a Droid and a Garmin 200W, but I still use the Garmin for vehicle navigation as I've had the Garmin for a long time and it hasn't failed me. I use a dash mount and I usually leave it on the digital speedometer screen rather than the map. I might switch to the Droid someday if I find a good mount. A benefit of using the Droid for navigation is always taking it with you when you're not in the vehicle.

    As a side note: I took the train to Chicago a few weeks ago. For entertainment, I sat near a window and used the Droid navigator with the satellite view maps. I knew where I was and what I was seeing. It was pretty cool. We were usually cruising at 80-82 mph.

    vvvvvvv Should have mentioned that. Both phones are Motorola Droids.
     
  10. May 17, 2010 at 4:08 AM
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    I've used my Motorola droid a bunch of times! ( iknow, not the eris)
    It has an actually gps chipset in it.
    Works great!
    And there are many gps aps for it too! And since it's google navigation there are no updates to buy for $100+.
     
  11. May 17, 2010 at 9:09 AM
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    Motorola Droid does have a dash mount. I use it often.
     
  12. May 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM
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    i dont have the eris, but i did buy the droid about a week after it came out and the sole reason i got it was for the navigator. i needed a gps anyway and the gps on the droid rivals any dedicated gps out there if you ask me. now like i said, i dont have any idea how hte eris navigator works, but the droid was is kick ass. speaks loud. constantly updates google maps. you can layer traffic, or satelite image, or fast food or gas. if you have hte addresses saved in your contact info all you do is click on someones name and hit hte navigate button and next thing you know you're looking at a garmin type display. like i said, all that and the fact you dont have to pay a monthly fee for it is what sold me on the droid. if the droid and eris is similar, then i say return the garmin
     
  13. May 17, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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    if the eris gps nav is anything like the nexus one's then it should be fine as a full time gps nav replacement
     
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    droid actually has an awesome dash/windsheild mount with a magnet in it, so as soon as you mount it it switches to car navigation mode

    yeah, i know the actuall gps in the droid is why it is so badass for navigation, but i have no idea what software or hardware the eris has
     
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    The droid eris navigator seems to be drawn from google maps. It has text-to-speech and lets me know when to turn ahead of time without lagging. It looks to be a pretty stand up system. I guess im just hesitant to use it as my main gps since its a new thing for me
     
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    do you have actual navigation, where you are a moving dot or arrow on a map? i know when my sister first got hers she had turn by turn directions but no visual navigation. did hte update change that?
     
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    Any links to the mounts you guys are using? I'd give the Droid a chance to be my navigator if it rides as nicely as the Garmin.
     
  18. May 18, 2010 at 9:56 AM
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    i looked at it but never got it since i usually just hold it. if i took alot of long trips i'd get it but right now its not needed. you can find it on the Verizon site
     
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    DO NOT GET RID OF YOUR GARMIN! Keep it as a backup for a couple reasons.


    the google maps are always updated, the Garmins tend to have outdated maps even when bought new and are rarely updated.

    the google nav works pretty good, but still in beta. Sometimes tells you the wrong side of the street.

    The bad part of google nav. THE MAPS ARE NOT CONTAINED IN THE PHONE! So, if you go somewhere that you do not have cell reception or glitchy cell data your maps will not load or update and you cannot navigate. The garmin has all the maps located in it and does not require a cell signal to work. Some say that it downloads a basic level of maps to get you somewhere, but i cannot confirm this, but even if it did if you made a wrong turn and you had no data... youre SOL.

    %99.9 of the time the google will be great. its that .1% that you realllllly need it to work and it wont because of no data---when youre lost in the boonies with no cell reception.
     
  20. May 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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    I use the "life in pocket" GPS and it works great. Voice commands, gps maps, voice directions, and has superpages built into it for local business, also hook into your phones directory and will take the adress's off of that. save your money and take the garmin back. this app is free since your phone already has GPS
     
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