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    Intercept GPS?

    Just wondered if anyone has tried to use the GPS for long road trips on the VM Intercept? Next week I'll be driving from FL to MI and was wondering if I'd be able to use Google Navigation the entire way or if I should purchase Copilot or something with pre-downloaded maps? TIA

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    Don't even try it unless you have a car charger. I've used it a bit and it worked well. I haven't used it on any long trips. It absolutely hammers the battery though.

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    I used it a couple times just to test it on my 100 mile round trip to and from work, and it works just fine.





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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyhaskins View Post
    Don't even try it unless you have a car charger. I've used it a bit and it worked well. I haven't used it on any long trips. It absolutely hammers the battery though.
    I've got a car charger I love to charge up even on short trips

    Quote Originally Posted by idbl_fanatic View Post
    I used it a couple times just to test it on my 100 mile round trip to and from work, and it works just fine.
    I guess I'll try Google Navigation and maybe get another program as a backup just in case, anybody recommend one?

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    Copilot Live is only $5.

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    I'd be interested in your findings, after your trip how well 1) service was throughout 2) GPS experience and 3) if you use Pandora, were you able to stream for the majority of the trip and so on. Thanks.

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    Coverage on the interstates should be very good. However, if you need to detour and lose your data connection, Google Nav won't work.

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    The only problem with the stock GPS , and any other one, is the chance you get off-course... as long as you click ahead to see each step along the route before you start, enough detail will load for you to do the trip, even across barren coverage-free stretches.

    If anybody has any good examples of an offline GPS, i'd be interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldroadfan View Post
    I'd be interested in your findings, after your trip how well 1) service was throughout 2) GPS experience and 3) if you use Pandora, were you able to stream for the majority of the trip and so on. Thanks.
    I'll report back, I have another GPS unit for backup if needed. I don't think I'll be streaming Pandora at the same time as GPS but I'll try it. I've done the trip several times using Sprint on a WM phone. Not sure how VM handles roaming and whatnot..
    Quote Originally Posted by primetechv2 View Post
    The only problem with the stock GPS , and any other one, is the chance you get off-course... as long as you click ahead to see each step along the route before you start, enough detail will load for you to do the trip, even across barren coverage-free stretches.

    If anybody has any good examples of an offline GPS, i'd be interested.
    I thought CoPilot was offline if you have the maps on the SD card?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ONE80ONEDAY View Post
    I'll report back, I have another GPS unit for backup if needed. I don't think I'll be streaming Pandora at the same time as GPS but I'll try it. I've done the trip several times using Sprint on a WM phone. Not sure how VM handles roaming and whatnot..


    I thought CoPilot was offline if you have the maps on the SD card?
    There is no roaming on VM because you can only use Sprint towers.

    Copilot uses offline maps downloaded to the SD card. I've seen some reviews complaining that the maps are 5-10 years old.

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    Google Maps needs an offline mode, badly. If only to load a tiny subset of where you're going...

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    Quote Originally Posted by primetechv2 View Post
    Google Maps needs an offline mode, badly. If only to load a tiny subset of where you're going...
    Looks like they are working on a mod... http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=630887

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    It seems to beg the question, "why doesn't Google?" They could corner the GPS market without too much effort... or is Android's goal to have everyone connected online no matter the cost?

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    The GPS seems to work much better than the one in my iPhone 3G, and I like the google navigation. Much better than the google maps that comes on the iPhone. Seems to update a fix much more often and seems to stay on a signal better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTwannabe View Post
    Copilot uses offline maps downloaded to the SD card. I've seen some reviews complaining that the maps are 5-10 years old.
    That's not quite correct. Copilot updates their maps on a monthly basis and provides these updates for free. They also allow users to report map problems through their website, and these reports are used to help fix map problems.

    Are Copilot maps as good as say, Garmin or Tomtom? No, I don't think so. Have I found them to be generally usable? Yes.

    And google maps aren't perfect either. There's a area of roads in my town where three roads intersect forming a triangle, and the three streets become one-way (not quite a traffic circle, but you get the idea.) This has been this way as long as I can remember (30+ years). Google maps, however, shows these streets as two-way.

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