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    Default Nexus 7 as a GPS

    Hey all,

    I am considering picking up a Nexus 7 as a GPS for my truck. I need to buy a new GPSr anyway and this seem(ed) like the best option. do more, about the same money, easier maps to update.. Although I am a little concerned about the 32gb limit (Actually wanted the 16gb for price point) and since I really do not want to burn a million gigs of data a month, Figure loaded maps would be the best bet.

    Just curious if anyone has used their device for this, what suggestions are made, etc. Any and all comments are welcome.


    Thanks
    Glenn

    p.s. I have a TF101 that I have used to do this in the past.. The 10" screen is awesome but maintaining stability is difficult and it takes up WAY TOO much room.
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    They've added the ability to have offline maps, but there are still a lot of functions that just don't work so well without an internet connection. If the primary use is to be a GPS unit, I would look at something else.
    Tablets: 2nd gen Nexus 7 32gb, 1st gen Nexus 7 16gb
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    there are free GPS apps for Nexus 7 that work well. Stock Maps app didnt work well for me (Canada), requires data plan. GPS apps are close to 400+ mbs so make sure to pick up a 16 or 32gb model.
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    what yaytech said!!
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    There are a ton of dedicated GPS apps with maps that are downloaded to the device. the N7 would likely do well with one of those, though I personally don't have any experience with it.
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    I bought Tom Tom North America on sale a couple of weeks ago on the Google Play Store. So far it has worked great on my Nexus 7 and Nexus 4. Map/data is downloaded initially and after that a wi-fi connection is not needed to use the program with GPS navigation. It acts just like a regular auto GPS. It even has the same style menu. I have used TomTom and Garmin auto GPS units and felt right at home with the Android version. I love it on the big screen of the Nexus 7.
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    I had forgotten about the GPS Apps being available. Some (like Tom Tom) are not particularly cheap, but may be worthwhile. Read reviews carefully, but one of those maps may make the Nexus 7 an excellent GPS.
    Tablets: 2nd gen Nexus 7 32gb, 1st gen Nexus 7 16gb
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    I've used NavFree for a while with good results. I navigated through Las Vegas the other day and it was pretty much up to date on the constant construction through down town. No wireless is needed after the initial download.
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    Before giving my opinion I need first to disclose that I own both a nexus 7 and a 5" Garmin with bluetooth, life time maps and traffic. (I load weekly in the Garmin the red light camera poi to alert me when approaching an intersection with a RLC)

    For shorts trip I mount the nexus but for longer trips I prefer the dedicated GPS, main reason is screen glare, the Garmin dull finish screen handles the sun better.

    Just my 2

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    Nexus 7 works perfectly as a Sat Nav - I fully recommend it.

    I also recommend NAVFREE sat nav app - it is FREE and allows FREE map downloads and FREE voice downloads and does NOT need data signal to allow it to work.

    It is excellent - give it a try.
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    I used it for two weeks on my recent vacation in a rental car, and it worked great. The only problem is that even when plugged in to power, the battery will run down. However, you can get through a day of driving. I use Sygic.

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    I also use Sygic and it works out pretty well. You store the map on the device so it doesn't require a net connection.
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    Is the nexus 7 a good buy when your in the market for a smaller tablet??? I'm hearing there's no flash player can u watch Netflix? And videos on the internet??

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    I use Copilot. Not too expensive, and lets you store maps off-line. If your N7 is running down in the car, you could need a bigger charger. Mine stays charged to 100% on a 2 Amp unit.
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    What works best for Europe for city walking?
    I have maps2go but Google maps seem to have more POI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TEEMILL View Post
    Is the nexus 7 a good buy when your in the market for a smaller tablet??? I'm hearing there's no flash player can u watch Netflix? And videos on the internet??

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    You can still install a flash player, I once did it on my Nexus 4 but removed it a few days later.

    Netflix works fine through the Netflix app. Never tried through the website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpilot View Post
    I used it for two weeks on my recent vacation in a rental car, and it worked great. The only problem is that even when plugged in to power, the battery will run down. However, you can get through a day of driving. I use Sygic.

    I'm thinking that your car charger is only putting out the USB standard 0.5 A. If you can find one with a 2 Amp output you should solve your discharge problem.

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    Sygic and CoPilot live both work, both download the maps. I prefer the Google Nav app so I open up the hot spot on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus and tether to it
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    Quote Originally Posted by liljew View Post
    I'm thinking that your car charger is only putting out the USB standard 0.5 A. If you can find one with a 2 Amp output you should solve your discharge problem.

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    You are right - it only puts out 1 amp:
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpilot View Post
    You are right - it only puts out 1 amp:
    I have this. Works great 2A out.
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    I use co pilot since it offers offline GPS. Its fantastic

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    I second CoPilot. It's dirt-cheap (like $10 for a USA/Canada map I think), AND it has offline POI's. That's the best thing IMO--if you don't want to waste data looking for somewhere to eat near your current location, just use copilot. It's a lot faster/less sluggish than the stock maps (I never really liked stock navigation, it was always glitchy for me).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrwatson View Post
    I second CoPilot. It's dirt-cheap (like $10 for a USA/Canada map I think), AND it has offline POI's. That's the best thing IMO--if you don't want to waste data looking for somewhere to eat near your current location, just use copilot. It's a lot faster/less sluggish than the stock maps (I never really liked stock navigation, it was always glitchy for me).
    The only problem is that most of the time it will not even load on my N7 - the screen just flashes for a second, and then nothing. I paid for it, but it is useless...
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    I've used my N7 with google maps/nav in a car a number of times. If you have a smart phone you can put a wifi hotspot on it (I use foxfi but there are plenty others) and then the data connection issue for the wifi only versions of N7 is moot. I also download a map for the area where I am traveling. It seems to work well for those times when you are out of cell phone range. The big advantage of google maps/nav is you can do searches for more info about where you are traveling. This is especially good for trips when you are looking for a good place to eat or alternate route or "hey xxx is coming up, is that worth a side trip?" kind of questions.

    I've used several dedicated GPS units in the past and I much prefer google nav. Though, I tend to use it on my phone, not tablet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpilot View Post
    The only problem is that most of the time it will not even load on my N7 - the screen just flashes for a second, and then nothing. I paid for it, but it is useless...
    That's weird, I wonder why it won't work? It doesn't play nicely with my phone, but it works great on my N7. You got the $10 USA version, right?
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