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#4678407 - 02/26/18 06:26 AM Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most?
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
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Loc: Michigan
Does anyone use a hand map much anymore? I use my cell phone maps only.
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#4678411 - 02/26/18 06:34 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 05/25/05
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We use either the cell or GPS.


Edited by Char Baby (02/26/18 06:35 AM)
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#4678415 - 02/26/18 06:39 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
Smartphone unless overseas.

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#4678416 - 02/26/18 06:42 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: JHZR2]
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Registered: 12/24/11
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Smartphone unless overseas.

How so?

I've been using mine for the last 5 years.
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#4678424 - 02/26/18 06:58 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 02/09/15
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Never had complications that way! I am always using dedicated devices for navigating...

Google maps only helped from time to time in countries like Italy or France...they are a little bit on a lazy side regarding map updates smile
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#4678428 - 02/26/18 07:09 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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I use an older Garmin in the ti or Wrangler. The other cars have built in systems.
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#4678430 - 02/26/18 07:13 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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I always like to have a map handy when on a trip.
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#4678433 - 02/26/18 07:22 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 12/31/17
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Loc: Alberta
I like to have a hand map for the “big picture” when traveling out of town, but use my phone within the city. Also, I don’t have the patience to listen to instructions on how to get there. Just give me the address and I’ll use the phone. Not to be rude.


Edited by Snagglefoot (02/26/18 07:23 AM)

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#4678441 - 02/26/18 07:34 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 06/25/15
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Loc: New England
The built in GPS in my FXT kind of sucks, but I tend to use it for convenience rather than fish the TomTom out of the glove box. Am also using Sirius XM traffic for now even though it only covers a handful of major metro areas, the lifetime traffic on the TomTom is much better but, again, not as convenient. I will tend to run both of them for really long drives.
For longer drives or areas I've never been to before, I will scope out the route on Google Maps...haven't opened one of our map books for myself for several years now, but I did walk my daughter through book maps of the area where we live when she started to drive just so she could have a mental picture of where things are.
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#4678457 - 02/26/18 07:55 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 03/11/12
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For directions I use the phone for google maps. I do use the Mazda navigation as I can see what’s coming up safer and the name of the next street pops up at the top of the screen which is very useful.
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#4678466 - 02/26/18 08:16 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 06/03/02
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I don't have a smart phone, so when I am traveling to uncharted territory I check out Google Maps ahead of the trip. I keep maps in my vehicle and/or some Google print outs to help me to my destination.

I cannot understand the method my adult kids and most others travel. They punch in their destination and proceed "blindly" on their way. I say blindly because they have no idea of what the "big picture" is, as Snagglefoot points out above. No idea of what towns and features they are going to be passing by. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Last summer someone rode their bicycle to my workplace, a direct north-south route about 3 miles. GPS and Google Maps puts my workplace about 3 miles off course. The bicycle rider rode over 6 miles to eventually get here due to their dependence on GPS and no awareness of compass directions. This must be one of those generational things that us old codgers love to rant about.

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#4678472 - 02/26/18 08:28 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: doitmyself]
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Registered: 09/26/17
Posts: 166
Loc: One Step Beyond
Originally Posted By: doitmyself
I don't have a smart phone, so when I am traveling to uncharted territory I check out Google Maps ahead of the trip. I keep maps in my vehicle and/or some Google print outs to help me to my destination.

I cannot understand the method my adult kids and most others travel. They punch in their destination and proceed "blindly" on their way. I say blindly because they have no idea of what the "big picture" is, as Snagglefoot points out above. No idea of what towns and features they are going to be passing by. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Last summer someone rode their bicycle to my workplace, a direct north-south route about 3 miles. GPS and Google Maps puts my workplace about 3 miles off course. The bicycle rider rode over 6 miles to eventually get here due to their dependence on GPS and no awareness of compass directions. This must be one of those generational things that us old codgers love to rant about.


It will (unfortunately) make more sense when we have self-driving cars.

But, two years ago, I did get lost 10 miles from my house.
It was an overcast day and I could not see the Sun to get my N/S direction.
Familiar roads but they were criss crossing at odd angles.
No compass, No GPS. Very annoying.


Edited by MasterSolenoid (02/26/18 08:35 AM)

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#4678495 - 02/26/18 08:54 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 05/11/06
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Loc: Palmyra, PA
when riding I have a laminated folding map of PA (don't ride out of state) that I bring along for 'guesstimations' which works well 97% of the time; I will use google maps to occasionally plan routes for selected destinations if I am unfamiliar with roads nearby...sometimes print route instructions; might start packing gps if I buy a tank bag this season; my cell phone doesn't have a data plan so no navigation
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#4678500 - 02/26/18 09:02 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 03/18/08
Posts: 5627
Loc: South Florida
If you have an iPhone or Android phone, its SUPER easy to navigate to your destination. Just hold down the main button and say, "Navigate me to 123 Main St, Anytown, FL" and it will pull up your route and get you there. Or you can tell it to navigate you to Home Depot in Sarasota, FL. Or "navigate me home".

I like my Garmin GPS because it lets me update the maps 4 times per year for free, so it always has the most up to date maps. The map updates for the car software are $150 and are already behind the Garmin by a year. The phone maps are always up to date. I have found if you are in a area without cell coverage, and you don't already have the map downloaded to your phone, the phone GPS will be worthless.
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#4678503 - 02/26/18 09:03 AM Re: Hand map, GPS unit or phone map used most? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6390
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: ZZman
Does anyone use a hand map much anymore? I use my cell phone maps only.


All of my vehicles have dash mounted GPS … but when it’s a first time trip I still like to google and add some human element to what the computers suggest … like if too many small towns with 30 mph or even school zones.

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