I'm looking for an on-road offline GPS/navigation software for Android devices. Offline means that it doesn't require an Internet connection to function, downloads its maps and stores them locally, and uses just the GPS of the Android device to determine the location of the user. On-road means I will primarily use the software to get driving directions. Outdoorsey activities are a low priority bonus.
I have tried apps and software packages over Windows, Windows Mobile, Android, and online and offline and have yet to find what I am looking for. I find that Google Maps is the most useful of the nav apps that I have used, though it's still a frustrating software for me.
I have tried: Delorme 2009, Windows and Windows Mobile: http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=10120&minisite=10020
GPS Navigation (Sygic) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sygic.aura
Navmii GPS World (Free) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navfree.android.OSM.ALL
As far as always-connected GPS/Nav software, I have tried: Google Maps https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps
The features I have found that I don't like:
- Some versions of Google Maps will give directions like "use the left lanes to turn left" and I think that's ridiculous. Just tell me to turn left.
- Google Maps can cache maps, but you can't search unless connected to The Internet
- Sometimes Google Maps will tell you far enough ahead when you are going to turn, sometimes not.
- Sometimes the software will inform you that you are about to make transition to go straight and that's a waste of informing me something and makes me distrust the software.
- Some softwares use a search methodology that makes you enter in your destination address in a specific way that is not the way you would write your destination address. In effect it's the reverse of the address. I have found this to be the way that stand alone GPS devices work. I don't like this. I prefer the flexibility that Google Maps offers, where you can enter full or partial searches and the software is smart enough to figure it out. Modern smartphones have enough smarts to figure it out.
- The Waze UI is too busy and and is too focused on social interaction. I am focused on getting from point A to point B.
- I forget which software it was, but there were random noises coming from it, dings, dongs, and other bell type noises. As a new user I had no idea what was going on. A voice enabled app should use voices to inform the user.
The features that I am looking for:
- On-road GPS/Nav capabilities
- Turn by turn voice directions
Most important features:
- Offline maps for states in the USA
- Multi-state capability
- Offline search to destination
- Natural search to destination (as opposed to entering the address in reverse)
- Partial address search capability
- High accuracy results when searching (Counter example: sometimes Google will return results in the wrong state, or the wrong location of the chain restaurant)
- Voice navigation on roads
- High accuracy navigation (keeping me on the road while navigating, well thought out routes, efficient re-routes, accurate destinations; not driving off road when there is no off-road option, not turning off the interstate where there is no off-ramp, etc...)
- Android 4.x support
- Common English voice directions: non-pedantic, non excessive, just-right directions.
- Settings and configuration options
- Maps saved to SD card
- Import/export address book capabilities
- If connected to the Internet, traffic status/updates and redirects
- Maps/directions for the woods, trails, walking, or other non-vehicle scenarios
- Maps able to be saved to USB stick
- Cross platform support (Windows, Android, Linux)
- Android 2.x support
- Off-road, outdoorsey activities like maps for the woods, topo maps, etc.
I'm not opposed to paying for the software, but I'd prefer to try it out before buying it, read some reviews, watch some videos of it in action, or the like.