So you say you have an iPhone like the rest of the free world and you want to use it as a GPS. I mean sure you can, but in order to do so you have to stick with AT&T’s crappy sub-par service. Fear not though because there is another option! Not too long ago Motorola released it’s own iPhone competitor called the Droid and aside from having to pay George Lucas a royalty for the name, the phone simply kicks ass (I know, I have one). When you purchase the Droid you also purchase Verizon’s cellular service which is BY FAR that best in the business.
One application that stands out above the rest is Google’s stellar navigation system for Droid’s operating system that is based around Google Maps. The key to this system is that it is a true, fully functional GPS system and has everything that you’d find in a stand alone unit. The 3.7 inch screen is big enough and bright enough so that when viewing the instructions it doesn’t strain the eyes. Volume levels are acceptable for the turn-by-turn directions, but in my opinion, the speaker could be a little better. Directions are also calibrated quickly, even if you go off route as recalibration takes no time at all.
One feature that is pretty cool, but that is a little over-hyped is the voice recognition navigation. It does work, but can be spotty at times and when used in a noisy car the recognition software tends to pickup background noise which will cause you to constantly repeat yourself. Best bet is to just use the keypad and punch in your destination manually.
One thing to keep in mind though is that in order to really utilize the Droid properly in the car you will need the following. The in car windshield mount which runs about $40.00 and the car charger – $30.00. Other than that you’ll be good to go with a great little GPS that fits everywhere and goes anyplace.