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    Smartphone era smash car gps models, sad but true

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    With the current processing power of smartphones and availability of decent applications there no longer is any need for dedicated devices for automobile use..

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    I use my smart phone, because it is always with me and hold one apple in hand better than more , lol

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    I use mostly my smartphone for navigation

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    Use my car head-unit for GPS navigation. It is *so* much nicer than trying to use a phone for navigation. It's always running and available, don't need to worry about phone battery levels or having wires hanging around charging the phone, GPS instructions play over my car radio making them very easy to hear and the screen is bigger! Would never go back to using a phone for GPS!

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    I run the following on my 800x480 android phone:
    1. NNG Primo
    2. NNG NextGen (3 different versions)
    3. Garmin Street Pilot
    4. Navigon
    5. TomTom
    6. Route66
    7. Sygic
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    8. CoPilot
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    The phone runs more than 8hrs per charged while my dedicated Nav unit can barely makes it 2hrs. Updating proggy and maps is much easier on phone than Nav unit. My $5 android phone put shame around my Garmin, Magellan, TomTom and WinCE Nav units. BTW, Primo running on 3.5" WinCE unit is better than my 5" TomTom (it depends on what proggy you use and not size of screen) And my 4" phone is much more convenient to carry around than my 7" WinCE Nav unit. I originally bought the cheap android phone as a backup to my 4.3" Garmin Nav, but it seems the other way around now.
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    Just to clarify my post - I'm referring to a car radio head-unit with GPS functionality - so I *never* have to worry about battery life - ever. And on my particular head-unit, the GPS application and content are stored on an SD card. So switching between different GPS applications is as easy as swapping SD cards. Although, honestly, I've been through the whole "get every GPS application available running" thing and don't even bother any more - I've never found another WinCE-based GPS application that compares to iGo - so in the end, all of the time I spent setting up and maintaining those other GPS applications was just a waste of time and effort. Yes, they worked - but none worked as well as iGo8/Primo - so I NEVER used them.

    Like I said, having GPS functionality on the car radio head-unit (whether it be a WinCE-based head-unit or an Android-based head-unit) is by far the most convenient way to utilize navigation while in the car. Always running, always "charged" and always just a button-press away if/when needed! I could never go back to using a phone for navigation again.

    To me, screen size is very important in the car. You need to be able to quickly and easily see the details of the GPS screen - and just as importantly, you need to be able to move around the GPS application quickly and easily. WIth very small screens, this becomes problematic since text is too small, finger "hotspots" are too small, etc. That is an issue that I immediately noticed with iGo Nextgen - the text and finger hotspots were too small.

    This is just my opinion, of course. :-) Everyone has different wants/needs.

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    What is resolution of your DIN? I think resolution is more important than screen size, I can deal with having a 5" Galaxy S5 with 1920P res than a 10" 800x480 DIN. Cars with fancy stereo and DIN gets broken into. Not to mention the pain of trying to replaced it. In an emergency situation where pedestrian Nav is needed, you can't just take DIN out of car and use it, can you? Speaking of SD card for upgrade (proggy or maps), not all DINs are possible to do this (check many posts from people screaming help) If you only have a need for iGO8/Primo then good for you (KISS is cool); but for a lot of people, they like to try and experiment other proggy. So far NNG seems to provide best features. But there are things TomTom and Garmin Street Pilot provides that NNG doesn't. Route66 is super fluid in scrolling and panning. CoPilot accuracy is top notch. TomTom/Sygic/Garmin speedcam alerts data are way better than NNG. Map updates is another story, some might be able to get maps readily for Garmin while no maps for NNG (just because you are using a cracked version of Primo that can take any maps doesn't mean it's better) And finally DIN's are expensive, a DIN for $5 would be hell of a deal!

    Personally, I don't have problem with size of hotspots for NextGen. Seems to be same for Primo on my 4" android devices; but then I got small fingers For resolution of 800x480 or less, Primo is better. But no comparison with NextGen on device with resolution more than 800x480. Scaling 800x480 bitmap's just suck for 1920P!!!!
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    Like I said, everyone has different wants/needs. For me and my uses, my Rosen car radio head-unit just works so much better for me. I've *never* needed a GPS application while walking, so the fact that I can't remove my car radio to take with me is a non-issue. :-) And if I ever *did* need a GPS app while walking for some strange reason, then I *could* use my phone and Google maps in that almost-never type of situation. I have an Android phone that I could put iGo on if I wanted to, but again, for my uses, that just doesn't make sense since I installed a nice plug-and-play, OEM-look, DVD/navigation 2DIN head-unit for that purpose (as well as many other purposes). It just works better than a phone for my navigation needs.

    Like I said, I definitely went through the "try every navigation app" phase. And I enjoyed doing it - it was a great experience. But in real life, I found that I really only used 1 of those applications - and that was iGo, so I stopped spending the time to maintain those other applications. But it is nice knowing that I could use them if I wanted to.

    Really, there is no single application or device that is the "best". It all depends on what the person wants and needs from a navigation system. I was just stating what was the best for my wants and needs - and why - that's all.

    It's all good - that's the great part about forums like this - you can pick and choose to use whatever you wish based on *your* wants and needs - which will be different for everyone. :-)

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    Yes, I agreed everyone have their own favorites and the choices from people varied greatly for different reasons. That is why I post all "possible" proggy working on android to let people know they can try and see what's best for them. For ME, I like the convenient of android hand held and what it can provides. I'm also cheap, so I pick my choice based on what I can get
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