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Which Navigation Tool is the Best?

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Wizard

Which Navigation Tool is the Best?

I have the HTC Evo and an update is currently available to change Sprint Navigation to Telenav...my question is this...Which of the 3 main Navigation Tools do most of you prefer?

Sprint Navigation

Telenav

Google Navigation

And are the premium services of any of these really worth the money???

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Journeyman

Question if I may! I tried to update sprint navigation on EVO and it said something about not being able to continue because it was a non market app. Not sure what to do. I know I can check something in settings to allow the download but I'm afraid that I will get 3rd party apps and void my warranty. Any suggestions?

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Wizard

Just go into settings~>applications and check the box to be able to download non-market apps...you can go back and uncheck it after you update your navigation tool. This will save you from downloading other third party apps you may not want .

Hope this helps!

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GrandMaster

i messed with telenav the other day on the way to a meeting . worked pretty good. and it gave me 3 different options of routes to chose from to get there with teh estimated times it would take.

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Journeyman

yeah, it's cool, but it also takes up 11mb of memory, no matter how you try to stop it, it just pops right back up. Sure, it isn't using any cpu time, but how many 11mb memory hogs can we pit up with?  -- Sharon

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Journeyman

i've been testing both the last couple of days. google does have eta, just touch on the time remaining at the bottom left. the screen will change to an overview of the whole trip and will show the eta. very nice feature.

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Wizard

Thank you all for the input. I still have not had the chance to go anywhere to test them out. All of your feedback is making me realize I just need to try them out for myself and see which one I like best! hehehe Keep the comments and opinions coming though...I am excited to see how this plays out. Which is better...Telenav or Google???? We shall see!!!

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Journeyman

Just remember, Telenav is like the Energizer Bunny, it keeps going and going, even after you quit it, not only does it not unload from memory (not really that bad a thing for Android OS), but it keeps running, using clock cycles and battery life. It IS nice application, just not very well behaved.  --  Sharon

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Journeyman

Having used both, here are my opinions.

Telenav: I love the voice in telenav, it actually sounds almost human and is loud enough to be heard over the radio when I'm listening at a low volume.  I find telenav very easy to use, and it generally gets me where I'm going.  However, it sometimes gets confused and when I turn on a street it told me to turn on, it recalculates and tells me to turn around.  I also sometimes lose my satellite signal sometimes for no apparent reason and when that happens, the directions stop, leaving me hoping like $%#@ that it comes back soon because I don't want to miss whatever turn might be coming up next.  There was just an update to telenav which I haven't used much - I have no idea if it will be any better in these areas.  With this update there's also a button for a paid upgrade which I have no interest in... if that becomes an issue and it becomes nagware I'll stop using telenav altogether.

Google maps: The voice is awful and I did get the Grace SVOX voice and it's better than the built in voice, but you have to pay a little to get it (totally worth it, to me).  This voice sounds more human but it's not as loud as the voice in telenav.  I adjusted it a bit but I'm still not thrilled with it.  As far as useability and getting around, it seems easy to use and so far it's also lost satellite (I don't know if it's the satellites in my area or this particular phone) a few times but the upcoming turn is displayed on my screen so at least I don't feel like I'm floundering as much.

I think they're both good and both have their pros and cons.  If my previous HTC Hero hadn't had telenav built in (was called Sprint Navigation) I would have probably just used google maps on this phone and never thought anything of it.

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Journeyman

I have used TeleNav alot in the past. While I like the ETA and the directions are pretty good, it has a big problem. It uses Google's map database. It has not been updated in years.The street that one of the companies I work for is not even listed and it has been there for 5 years. My old subdivision has been around for over 15 years and Google still has not updated it's database. Both telenav and Google maps can't find my old house while I moved out of there 8 years ago. My current apartment complex has been here for over 15 years and they have just one of out of 6 of the main streets listed. I have called both Google and TeleNav leaving a very detailed information about these streets and more, that was a year ago. TeleNav asked for feedback once every two weeks or so and I leave feedback telling them to update their maps. I once had a 90 mins phone call with a specialist at TeleNav walking her through all the streets that I know of that are missing. She told me she would update their database. That was last summer, still have not happened.

I was on Verizon before switching to Sprint, I can say that their VZNav is up to date, you can also make changes to your route when you view it but TeleNav you can't(that is one option I wish it had). They have all my missing streets and more. That is one thing I do miss about Verizon. But staying with Sprint, just wish they would update their maps like they said they would.

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Journeyman

Mind is a different story ever since i upgrade sprint to telewav . It keep crashing when i attend to open it. Telewav sucks

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Journeyman

Telenav is awful. It has gotten me lost several times. I am going to sprint to have the update removed.

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Journeyman

I am more than a little upset that since the "update" this is a now 4.99 charge a month. Now I am told I have to go thru the website to get it off my bill. I have now been searching on the site for 30 minutes and ran across this while searching, no, I still havent' been able to get to where I take it off my bill.  I am switching to Google since what was once free thru Sprint Navigation is a pay to use and the features don't make it worth the cost in my opinion and it was not clear or stated that it would be charged when I "updated" to Nav.

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