One of the first and biggest hurdles any third-party navigation app will need to clear on Google's Android platform is Google itself. While this may not be the case with other mobile OSes, Android (or at least devices running version 1.6 or better) comes more or less bundled with Google's free Google Maps with Navigation app. So, why would a user go out of their way to check out another navigation app? So, of course, this is the first question I asked when evaluating the Sygic Aura GPS navigation app. … Read more
Two deals are better than one, right? Well, today's the day for folks who like things in pairs.
Regular readers know I can't overlook a killer hard-drive deal. There's something deep in my DNA that goes wide-eyed when I find copious storage for cheap.
So check this out: Office Depot has the 2TB Seagate Expansion external hard drive for $74.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code 21622249 at checkout.
Update: Sold out!
The Expansion is your basic USB hard drive. It's compatible with Windows and Mac systems and comes with a 1-year warranty. And … Read more
Today's cars so are full to the brim with high-tech gizmos and gadgets that it's easy to see how some users can get overwhelmed with the sheer complexity of it all. We receive e-mails and comments regularly asking what features should one look for in a new car and why.
With that in mind, we've assembled a list of the must-have car tech features for your perusal. From dashboard technologies to safety features to power train and handling considerations, there's something for everyone in this list. And while you may not check every single box with … Read more
If you think the Google Maps navigation on your Droid is just too boring, Verizon has its own turn-by-turn software that adds 3D, yes, 3D, maps. The 3D maps are currently supported in only six cities--Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, and Kansas City, Mo.--but more cities will be added later on. Aside from 3D renderings of cities as you drive around, the app also includes important information like highway and exit signs.
LAS VEGAS--There was once a time when a 4.3-inch screen on a GPS device was considered huge, but now that's just the entry level. These days it takes a retina-searing 5-inch display or larger to stand out among a sea of navigators and GPS-enabled smartphones. Along those lines, Garmin has just pulled the wraps off of its new, supersized Nuvi 2400 series of GPS navigators.
Snarky comments about the ever-enlarging portable navigation device form factor aside, the 2400 series' 5-inch screen can aid in visibility and reduce the amount of time spent scrutinizing a tiny digital map.
More … Read more
Navfree USA for iPhone offers turn-by-turn navigation, voice guidance, integrated Google search, and map updates for life--all for free.
How is that possible, especially when competing apps from the likes of CoPilot, Navigon, and TomTom sell for upward of $50?
The key lies in OpenStreetMap, Navfree's user-built, open-source mapping system. Because OSM map data is free to use, developer Geolife is able to offer the app free of charge (though in-app upgrades will arrive in 2011, and they'll cost you).
As you might expect, this is Navfree's blessing and its curse. The map data is only as complete and reliable as the users who supply it--meaning you might discover missing and/or inaccurate maps.
I took Navfree for a test-drive today, and the results were mixed.… Read more
I've seen some smokin' GPS deals before, but this one just about beats them all.
For what promises to be a very limited time, Amazon has the TomTom XXL 550T 5-inch GPS for $99.99 shipped. It's notable not just for its roomy 5-inch screen, but also for its free traffic updates--for life.
See, lots of GPS receivers can fetch real-time traffic data and route you around trouble spots, but most of them require add-on hardware and/or a subscription to the traffic service. The 550T requires neither. TomTom's Lifetime Traffic Updates last "until the product'… Read more
Stating bluntly what many automotive manufacturers are starting to realize, Google released an ad that says the future of navigation and infotainment is probably on your phone.
The ad depicts a boy reiterating directions from Google's new Nexus S smartphone, with the subliminal message being that the new phone's navigation application is so easy a child can use it. Actually, most kids are probably better than adults at using any computer, phone, or in-dash navigation system, but that's beside the point. … Read more
I hate, hate, hate getting stuck in traffic, especially on the freeway (where you're usually trapped until the next exit). That's why I always drive with a GPS that can receive live traffic updates and steer me clear of congested areas.
Or a GPS app. CoPilot Live, MobileNavigator, and TomTom are among those that offer a live-traffic option, but all three charge you extra for it--usually on a monthly or annual basis.
Magellan RoadMate used to be the same way, but now, with the release of version 1.3, RoadMate offers free live traffic updates for life. I'… Read more
When it comes to GPS screens, bigger is better. The common 3.5-inch LCDs are way too small for my liking; I prefer the increasingly popular 4.3-inchers. But even then it's a little too easy to fat-finger the onscreen keys and controls.
I'm starting to see more 5-inch GPS models, but I think those models eat up too much windshield space. Enter the Magellan RoadMate 1470 and its 4.7-inch display, which promises to be juuuust right.