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Portable GPS...worldwide use.

JohnM

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I've downloaded several HERE maps to my iPhone7 and just given it a run in my car.

As I suspected, for someone my age who needs to wear glasses for reading, maps on my phone are too small and hard to read for easy in-car navigation. I'll stick with my 6 inch screen Tom Tom, despite being more stuff to carry.

However, I expect that the HERE maps will be very useful in offline mode outside Australia for walking navigation and as a backup for the Tom Tom.
 

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I've downloaded several HERE maps to my iPhone7 and just given it a run in my car.

As I suspected, for someone my age who needs to wear glasses for reading, maps on my phone are too small and hard to read for easy in-car navigation.
This can be installed on iPad and Samsung tablets too.
 

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This can be installed on iPad and Samsung tablets too.
Sure - but I don't know that I want to use my full-size iPad as a nav device in the car and carry a suitable cradle (although I'd certainly be able to read it without my glasses ;).) Just too cumbersome, I feel. Although an iPad mini would probably work well and that's a path I may take in the future if my Tom Tom carks it.
 

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I've downloaded several HERE maps to my iPhone7 and just given it a run in my car.

As I suspected, for someone my age who needs to wear glasses for reading, maps on my phone are too small and hard to read for easy in-car navigation. I'll stick with my 6 inch screen Tom Tom, despite being more stuff to carry.

However, I expect that the HERE maps will be very useful in offline mode outside Australia for walking navigation and as a backup for the Tom Tom.
I found the Nokia/Here maps really great O/S for walking. It would show the pedestrian only paths and helped save km and time walking. It was great walking across Diocletian's palace through narrow streets to find a store.

Also the HERE transit maps I find to be useful in Australia for public transport. Should be handy for O/S travel. Beware Here maps are not available in Japan and South Korea and some other countries.

Their is also Here City Lens which points out thing like shopping, sights, food etc.

Beware the Here maps are not supported on Windows 10 devices but still works on Windows 8 phones.
 

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I've downloaded several HERE maps to my iPhone7 and just given it a run in my car.

As I suspected, for someone my age who needs to wear glasses for reading, maps on my phone are too small and hard to read for easy in-car navigation. I'll stick with my 6 inch screen Tom Tom, despite being more stuff to carry.<snip>.
That's OK. In our forthcoming drive-athon when I'm in the navigator's seat I'll be counting down the metres and the turns (yes, I HAVE been a navigator in a rally car#).

Plus modern phones have speaker thingy-s which call out the navigation .. (ducks!)

# OK, just once.
 

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Ooohh, goody - does this mean I can go really, really fast :cool:;):p.


That's OK. In our forthcoming drive-athon when I'm in the navigator's seat I'll be counting down the metres and the turns (yes, I HAVE been a navigator in a rally car#).

Plus modern phones have speaker thingy-s which call out the navigation .. (ducks!)

# OK, just once.
 

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Thank you all! I decided to go for the normal Tom Tom unit (with the free world maps etc)... largely due to the same factor raised by JohnM.....

The phone is just too damn small for this old man.....
 

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Still playing around with HERE maps on my phone. I had it set offline and just in my pocket, so not using it to navigate. When I got to a location about 30 mins drive away in PER it certainly showed where I was on the map but no streets showed. Flicked it to online and the streets quickly appeared.

Is this normal?
 

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Still playing around with HERE maps on my phone. I had it set offline and just in my pocket, so not using it to navigate. When I got to a location about 30 mins drive away in PER it certainly showed where I was on the map but no streets showed. Flicked it to online and the streets quickly appeared.

Is this normal?
You need to download the maps for offline use. It will be in the settings and you can choose which countries.
 

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Thank you all! I decided to go for the normal Tom Tom unit (with the free world maps etc)... largely due to the same factor raised by JohnM.....

The phone is just too damn small for this old man.....
Which one did you get?
 

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I used Navmii driving in Canada and USA recently. Had it on both ipad mini and my iphone. Free maps pre-loaded so no data usage also up to date.
Very easy and my wife kept the ipad mini on her lap but I could hear the instructions easy enough. Also Used it lot in the Cities as a street map for walking and even just finding out where we were.
Also very useful on the iphone visiting in Canberra over the new year.
I too need glasses and was surprised that I had no trouble using it on the phone. But I had got a bracket with a rubber sucker so it was mounted near my line of sight next to the car instruments (same focus distance).
 

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I too need glasses and was surprised that I had no trouble using it on the phone. But I had got a bracket with a rubber sucker so it was mounted near my line of sight next to the car instruments (same focus distance).
I need glasses only for reading, not for driving, so I don't wear them then. That's why it's problematic for the stuff on the phone screen but it's not an issue on the larger Tom Tom screen.
 

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Still playing around with HERE maps on my phone. I had it set offline and just in my pocket, so not using it to navigate. When I got to a location about 30 mins drive away in PER it certainly showed where I was on the map but no streets showed. Flicked it to online and the streets quickly appeared.

Is this normal?
Have you downloaded the maps for Australia or at least WA?
 

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I covered this above. I thought I'd downloaded the Australia maps to my phone but I hadn't - it was to my iPad and I then forgot to do the same for my phone. My memory is going the way of my eyesight :(.
I'd recommend you upgrade (pay - it's just a bottle of medium Chardonnay:) ) for either Sygic worldwide or TomTom navigation for iPhone rather than relying on Here.
 

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I'd recommend you upgrade (pay - it's just a bottle of medium Chardonnay:) ) for either Sygic worldwide or TomTom navigation for iPhone rather than relying on Here.
I won't be relying on it. As noted upthread, I'll be using my Tom Tom but the maps on the phone will be a useful backup and pedestrian adjunct.

I was surprised to see some pretty poor reviews of Sygic on the App Store.
 

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I won't be relying on it. As noted upthread, I'll be using my Tom Tom but the maps on the phone will be a useful backup and pedestrian adjunct.

I was surprised to see some pretty poor reviews of Sygic on the App Store.
Sygic's interface is difficult to use but once you understand it, it's an ok app. TomTom are the usual greedy bast***s they have always been so Sygic is a more economic option in some cases.

The older TomTom apps are ok but they now have a new "subscription" model app, which I think is a useful as and rhymes with rap music.
 

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