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In the lab we determined how well the products located destinations and created routes. We searched for 15 urban and 10 rural destinations – a combination of addresses and points of interest – with and without a data connection. We then took each product on a road test, covering an urban and rural route (that took us out of mobile reception). We tested the visual and voice guidance, plus the ability of the app or device to reroute after a missed turn and continue guidance after a tunnel. We also assessed how easy they were to set up and use.
Price is taken from an October 2014 survey.
Overall score is comprised of:
16 Nov 2014, Scott M.
Product use: 6 months or more
In some instances in European cities it was better at identifying walking routes than the Google Maps app.
In Western Europe last year I switched regularly between this and the Google Maps app on my iPhone. This was the inferior choice the majority of the time. It seems to get place names confused - for example calling a town by the district name, or by the name of a suburb therein. In NZ, Cambridge is called Leamington until you zoom in enough.
No, this product has too many drawbacks.
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