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  1. Deafjeff

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    Hello,

    I'm looking to buy new sat nav as I have lost the holder and charger with build in digital traffic receiver for the Garmin sat nav.

    It's going to cost me £45 to replace both! I'm debating it might be better to buy a new unit as the sat nav I have has been discontinued.

    Any recommendation for sat nav?

    I'm not too bothered if it has Europe map. Just want lifetime map update and live digital traffic.


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    I don't bother with a sat Nav anymore. I just use Waze on my phone. It's fantastic!

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    I was thinking of that. I travel to west Wales and mid Wales in my new job and mobile phone coverage not that good so it may create problems?


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    dont forget that with some apps, they will download the full map when you have a signal so you dont necessarily need a cell signal to navigate. (you need gps but that's another thing... )
     
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    Does iPhone 6 have GPS?


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    yeah it does. This was a bit of bad marketing on Apples behalf really :/ when it started early iphones didnt have gps chips, they used wifi/cell towers "assisted gps"... the later phones have that as well as proper gps (although I think it's all on the same chip ;-)
     
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    Ah thanks so I could use google map for example instead getting a new sat nav and will work offline? Just bit concerned about battery life especially if I keep charging it. I am also hoping to have sat nav running in the background to check the traffic so it keeps me amuse without having to add where I want to go.

    Any recommend which good app for that?


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    you can use offline maps with most apps although Ive not had the best experience with google maps ...
    1. Launch the Google Maps app and search for the area you want to save.
    2. Tap on the menu button and choose Offline areas.
    3. Tap on the plus button in the lower right corner.
    4. Pinch and zoom the area to fine tune what you'd like to save. ...
    5. Tap on Download.
    If memory serves google maps couldnt route me around tolls and stuff also dropped out because it didnt have a certain map even though I downloaded it.

    HOWEVER there are map apps from the traditional navigation system companies .. like tomtom does an iphone app for example which is just their nav system but on the iphone. That has always worked for me.

    battery life well its been ok for me but I have a car charger too and it's not affected its life so far.

    I was like the LAST guy to get rid of my full GPS system but a year or so ago even I just started using the iphone. it's so good now
     
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    I have Navmii for any time I don't think I'll have much mobile signal as it just downloads the maps to my sd card on my phone. So that's what I use in America as it doesn't need any data.
    At home I use Waze. It's brilliant! We've used it on holidays in the middle of nowhere and it's been fine. What I like is that it has live updates, so if traffic is building on your route, it'll redirect you. It's fantastic!

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    I'm going to give sat nav app on my phone a go and see how that goes.... Not found app I like. Co-pilot has a mixed review at the moment.


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    A quick question. Is there any app I can download which updates me about traffic without me having to programme where I am going? As normally traffic announcement would come on the radio. Obviously I won't be able to hear it.

    Any recommendation for an app that I can use in a 'freestyle' rather than programming in where I want to go if this make sense?


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    waze is very much like that! as you drive around you can see realtime traffic information from thousands of other users and you can see hold ups, slow downs, traffic problems etc. BUT its all across cell data. That's ok for me since I have a three sim but you'd want to be careful with your data plan on another service
     
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    Chris uses Navmii and Co Pilot, I think there is something else as well. I will ask him when he wake up to find out what it is.

    I still like the Garmin though, even with all the things on the phone :lol: It's just having something separate to the phone, it gives me peace of mind.
     

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