Apologies for resurrecting this thread....
I’ve only had an HTC Desire for the past few days, and I’m trying to figure out whether to stick with the Google navigation, or plump for an off-line/paid for application.
I’ve had TomTom for a number of years – through an Orange SPV C500 and a couple of XDAs – and ideally would like to stick with it. This is mainly because I’m used to it, so I’m far from a loyal and devoted customer (although I did try, then ditch the Co-Pilot that came with my XDA Orbit a few years back).
I’m having trouble getting the Google app to work. The first time I tried it, I wasn’t getting any turn-by-turn voice instructions, then last night I wasn’t getting any useful images – just a fixed/very slowly moving overhead map, rather than the view of the road ahead.
Added to the very fast, robotic voice, which doesn’t seem timed well to coincide with the action it’s instructing you to take (not to mention the American terminology – “In 1,000 feet.... How far is that...? Crash!! “) and it’s not really ‘there’ yet.
Is there any expectation that the Google app will improve/develop in the near future, so that it replicates what we’ve become used to from TomTom, Co-Pilot et al – only with clever Googliscious things like voice-searching and a Street View interface?
At the end of the day, I suspect I’ll need a fall-back option for when I’m out of signal range – but will Google become my everyday sat-nav???