Since my dedicated GPS battery died (not replaceable), I use my smartphone.
As for battery drain, I never really compared, but neither my dedicated GPS as both my (android) smartphones could be used for a longer time without power cable, even when they were new.
Both my previous and latest smartphone have better GPS and quicker signal, yet the dedicated GPS is approx 3 years old, as is my oldest smartphone.
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Using dedicated car navigation (Garmin). Until a few weeks ago, I did not own a smartphone, so could not use navigation on a phone. It does not look like I will change over any time soon...
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I have noticed that a few work M8's use Google Map app "you say OK GOOGLE" say the street address and if correct away you go, if not you type in and away you go" I don't know if this is a phone app that requires phone connect OR is GPS active either way one is PAY as you go or is FREE via GPS active phone.
Yeah, Google Maps is actually pretty good for navigating, but I still prefer my 2DIN navigation head-unit in my car. Just too much of a pain to fumble with a phone while driving and I can't stand those little "add-on" mounts that you stick on your windshield or dash. Plus, you have to worry about battery life, charging cables and trying to hear what the phone says when you are supposed to make a turn (unless you have it connected to your car radio via bluetooth or an aux-in cable). ANd like mentioned above, using GPS on a phone sucks power from the phone like there is no tomorrow. With some chargers, the battery level actually goes down even while plugged into the car power outlet! :-) Not to mention what happens when you're actually using the phone as a phone!
Primo navigation on a 7" touchscreen 2DIN head-unit it just so nice in comparison - it's always ready and waiting in the background if needed, no worry about battery levels or charging wires hanging down your dashboard - plays verbal instructions over the car speakers regardless of what audio "source" I'm using, etc. Just *so* much more convenient...
My unit in particular doesn't have live traffic capabilities, but I still prefer it BIG TIME over phone navigation or external car GPS navigation device. Primo actually does really well if you come up on a traffic jam - it automatically suggests an alternative route (and uses historical traffic patterns while routing as well).
This type of 2DIN headunit is not cheap though... But besides GPS functionality, it also adds so much more to the car entertainment system as well.
But everyone has different wants/needs. :-)
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I use two dedicated GPS, one in each car
I don't know why people assumed a dedicated GPS would last longer on battery than an android device. Get a $5 android phone that has similar size screen and at least or better resolution than a dedicated GPS; turn off wi-fi, turn on airplane mode and it will pretty much last a lot longer than a dedicated GPS. And as a bonus you can play musics, watch movies, take pictures, play games, run any android apps and use it to make emergency call for free (no need to activate) An android device is much less bulky and a lot lighter than any dedicated GPS.
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I´m using smarthphone GPS when I walk because it´s easier for me to carry only one machine but I prefer dedicated GPS (TomTom) when I go riding motorbikes or cars because I think it works better (no fails, easier planning routes...).