"Nice Feature, is the pricing correct?"4.0 starson by pirkle4325
Pros: accurate maps, good voice quality, ability to save locations
Cons: long-term costs, change in route not always smooth
Summary: I downloaded this service for my Verizon LG9800 (V Phone). Many of my co-workers have the tom-tom navigator on their smartphones.
I found this product to be very good in comparison, yet not quite as flexible.
The VZ Navigator is installed through the "Get it Now" functionality on the verizon network. I paid for the $10/month option.
It is very unclear from verizon, but it looks to use your airtime minutes...so using this feature for a 2-hour trip would burn through some of you available minutes pretty quickly.
Also, at $10/month it seems that if you have this service for a year or 2, would you be better off just spending the money on a full-featured navigation product without having the monthly expenditure.
The concern is that the cost adds up over time.
As far as the functionality. You can do a search for a business using the business category, business name, or specific address. The search will return the top 10 matches meeting your criteria. You then highlight the one you want and press "Nav".
You then hear a crisp voice telling you where to go. There are a few display options as well. The onle gripe I have on the voice directions is that even on the loudest settings, it gets a little harder to hear when you are on the highway, due to increased road noise.
Plus for those of you of a different preference....there is either a female(default) or a male voice you can select.
I found that the directions were clear and precise. However, if you deviated from the advised route, it would have been nice for the navigator to inform you that you had deviated and it was recalculating. So sometimes you had to just wait for the next series of updated directions.
This was a minor concern, but one that the Tom-Tom product was very good at.
Also, be aware that the service only works in the high-speed service areas, which is usually only large cities. Sorry to those that live in the country.
Bottom-line. If you ever wanted a portable gps, but did not want to spend hundreds of dollars, or have some bulky unit in your car...this is for you.Updated
Actually, after using this more...this product only uses airtime when 1st downloading the route...or if your route changes and it has to recompute.
Other than that the gps is mapping and giving you directions without using airtime.
So, this concern is pretty much wiped out.