Monday, April 4, 2011

Google Maps Navigation vs. A Dedicated GPS Device (and Why I Think Google Maps Nav is Better)

A few weeks ago, I was driving my girlfriend and a friend of mine to Hollywood to meet some friends for dinner. While I knew the way there, I loaded up Google Maps Navigation on my HTC EVO 4G and put it in my little car mount so I would get an idea as to how long it would take to get there As I was driving, my friend in the back seat commented, “Wow, I like how good your GPS looks, and how it pans and turns as you drive. I have a great dedicated unit and it doesn’t even do that.” My girlfriend, who also has a dedicated GPS unit, said how cool that was. This got me to thinking about the differences between the Google Maps Navigation app on my phone and dedicated GPS units, and how I ultimately decided that I think Google’s app is better.
For a long time, I wanted a stand-alone GPS unit because I love to drive everywhere I can, and Los Angeles can be dang confusing at times (who the HELL designed downtown anyway for chrissakes?). This changed when I got an iPhone (hush now, I’ve matured since then) and began to use Google Maps to get me everywhere, followed by a few GPS apps like Navigon and CoPilot. The iPhone’s usage of GPS never really got it quite right, however, so I was thrilled when I got my EVO and I was first able to use Google’s amazing navigational program. Since then, I can’t even imagine needing a dedicated GPS system…heck, even if I got a car with one, I doubt I’d ever use it. Why? Well let me explain…

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