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Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 27, 2020 10:25AM
I know Apple Maps and Google Maps can download maps. But they are not pure offline navigators and can fall short when you are not getting a good cell signal, get detoured while not in cell range, are trying to conserve data, or fail to make sure you've downloaded everything you need while still in wifi range. I have no problem with them here at home. But I'm planning a long road trip through some remote areas.

So, I want an idiot-proof map app for iOS that can turn-by-turn navigate purely offline.

What do we like?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/27/2020 10:26AM by Acer.
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: archipirata
Date: June 27, 2020 10:37AM
I've used Maps.ME app several times in both Europe and remote areas in the U.S. and it works great. The free version has ads but I think it's only a couple dollars to upgrade to the no-ad version.

[apps.apple.com]



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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: June 27, 2020 10:52AM
If you're navigating through remote areas, you might just want to pack a genuine paper atlas. Roads through these areas don't change all that much, so even an old one would be fine. Cheap too.
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 27, 2020 11:17AM
Yes, I will have paper maps, too, most definitely.
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: Carm
Date: June 27, 2020 11:31AM
Found you a sticker. [www.amazon.com]

Also, on long road trips we use a dedicated GPS unit.. Garmin.
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 27, 2020 11:39AM
I bought Navigon years ago. The only issue is that you need to remember to download maps for the states that you need. Works great offline.
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: June 27, 2020 11:48AM
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Carm
Also, on long road trips we use a dedicated GPS unit.. Garmin.

This. A friend lives in NE New Mexico. Lots of dead zones.



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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 27, 2020 11:58AM
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Rolando
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Carm
Also, on long road trips we use a dedicated GPS unit.. Garmin.

This. A friend lives in NE New Mexico. Lots of dead zones.

I also suggest this.
We were out west a few years ago and there was NO cell service in many places. The Garmin worked great. The only issue it had was if you were in a deep canyon type area where the height of the walls blocked the signal, but that didn’t happen very often, certainly not as often as the no cell service which could be for huge areas.





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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 27, 2020 12:19PM
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: June 27, 2020 12:32PM
For auto travel in places with roads in North America or Europe, I'd use maps downloaded ahead of time from Here. I always have maps.me with me when I travel internationally, but that's primarily because I like its pointer (rather than turn-by-turn) navigation as a pedestrian and because its maps can be downloaded even in Japan and South Korea.

maps.me uses OpenStreetMap data, which has gotten quite good in the cities of North America and Western Europe—but the routing engine is an open-source work in progress. Here is owned by a consortium of automakers with navigation their main priority.
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 27, 2020 01:41PM
If you buy a navigation program that enables you to download maps by state or country, there is no need for a standalone gps. Phones receive the same gps signals that dedicated GPS units do. You can also get GPS bluetooth receivers that can share signal with a phone or tablet. This would provide GPS capability for any iPad that doesn't have the GPS built in (non-cellular models).
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: pqrst
Date: June 27, 2020 03:05PM
The HERE map app works great. On or off line. Download if you want to use it off line. Japan is the one country that you will need a local app because of some kind of restrictions with mapping data unless you go online. I have multiple apps on my iPhone (here, google, Waze and Apple). Found it useful to have all four. Here is fun when you fly or drive.
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: jonny
Date: June 27, 2020 05:24PM
Here here!
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: sekker
Date: June 27, 2020 06:00PM
We are a Navigon owner, and we (were) platinum travelers. Plenty of trips with 'no signal'.

Your smartphone (or iPAD with cellular/GPS) with data off is a FANTASTIC GPS device IF you download the maps ahead of time. A dedicated GPS device may be far worse if the maps are now updated regularly.

Just be sure to have extra mobile power and/or auto adapter etc.
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Re: Idiot-proof offline navigation app?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 27, 2020 07:59PM
I bought Navigon years ago.


How is anybody still using Navigon?

It hasn't been supported for years and is no longer available at the App Store.

I think I have it on an old iPad and would love to put it on the latest iron.




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