Android maps

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by Brute, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. Brute

    Brute Melbourne , outer east .

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    I`ve always been a paper map man but the time has come for me to get online maps . Just purchased a new Android phone & want to get good offline mapping . I know of Hema & mudmaps apps , but after reading most of the reviews on them seems most people are unhappy with them . Are there other options ? any recommendations ? I`m new to all this online stuff & when I`ve looked at it in the past I`ve found it nothing but frustrating . So hopefully it`s something I can get my head around .
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  2. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    I use OSMAND, $7 from the play store (there is a free version) and you get your maps from Open Street Maps for nuffink. Works for me.
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  3. rutsthematter

    rutsthematter Been here awhile

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    Nokia maps. The app is called Here. Good up to date maps for free, just download Australia.
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  4. Brute

    Brute Melbourne , outer east .

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    Thanks for the replys , for a total cost of $7 I might as well download all those maps .
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  5. Drtmonster

    Drtmonster Adventurer

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    I've got the Hema 4WD app. I've not used it in anger yet. I'm going to try and set up a Lenovo 7in tablet with a Gamin blutooth GPS receiver. Trying to get something reliable for off line use for Cape York in Sept.
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  6. Tradey

    Tradey RTW Traveller

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  7. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    locus / locus pro (offline, and OFFroad)

    completely offline navigation, tracking, routing, geocaching, planning, exporting, converting, and whips the standalones in about three shakes.

    if you only want STREET navigation though, HERE maps does it.
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  8. warnabrother

    warnabrother .. if you see the Rozzers

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    I use the Nokia "HERE" maps for all my onroad routing etc.. and then I use Androzic with scanned Rooftop (or any) maps for offroad..
    I also "found" a copy of Hema maps for Androzic which works well..

    Both these can be used offline, here maps will even find and route offline after downloading Australia..
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  9. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    Most, if not all, the free maps use Open Street Maps (OSM) as their source of data. They then chose what to present, and how it is presented to the user.

    OSMAnd free is simply limited to a maximum of 10 downloads of maps .. 1 of these must be their world map... If (when) you need to download more maps (say you want to update) then you have to buy the paid version (once only). So it is free ... all the features everything... but limits you in the number of downloaded maps. I like it due to the availability of different display modes (different colours) and pedestrian and bicycle modes. It, like many OSM sourced maps, can be used off line, in fact once the maps are downloaded it does not normally make use of any connection.

    If your starting out... get the free ones first and try them.
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  10. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    I know Oh Good Knows Locus Pro very well. I found it difficult to find and load topographic maps for Australia on it. It does all the things he says it does.

    Recently I tried Memory- Maps App and combined with their free software download to my PC , I found that it works in a similar fashion as I have been used to Basecamp and Garmin GPS units. If you want I can PM you instructions that will speed up your learning curve. I am new at it too so don't ask me too many questions. I like the fact that it can use GPX files so I can run them either on my Garmin GPS and my S5 Galaxy.

    Some of these apps seem to assume that you don't need detailed instructions. I am too old to work things out intuitively.

    I like Here maps because you can download off line maps and not need phone service. It was great in Europe during my vacation.
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  11. Dennis Sanchez

    Dennis Sanchez Desert Rider

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    Thanks! This app did the job...can't beat the cost
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  12. LogicalBloke

    LogicalBloke BMW R1200RT-P

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    Thank you all. I downloaded the mapfactor navigator on to my LG. I will try it out, looks pretty good.
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  13. jrr

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    OziExplorer is one I've used for ages and like. Maybe because I can't be bothered learning anything else! If Hema made a version premium app for android, I'd give that a crack to compare.

    One feature I like about Ozi is the screen designer - you can modify the multitude of fields, their sizes, layout and colours suit what you're doing. Presently I have several custom screens; map only, touring, bike, CFS, waypoint navigation etc

    It is an old system though and a bit clunky, but reliable. It works across PC and android, the same maps for both (though they need to be sourced separately to the software). This is handy because I do most of the editing and so forth on the computer, and use the tablets for recording and navigation on the move.
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  14. Warin

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    Oziexplorer is raster based .. like a photo.
    Most GPS type maps are vector based ... this makes it possible to do autorouting. OSM uses vector so it can be autorouted, it also makes it easier to edit and store.

    OSMAnd has various screen styles that you can chose from. It also has various navigation modes (car, bicycle or pedestrian) that you can chose from.

    Some of the apps are capable of using both vector and raster based maps...

    I'd not restrict myself to Oziexplorer ... I do have it .. but I tend to use other things most of the time, probably because they do autorouting, have more varieties of data that is more upto date. It is only where the data is better with the old raster maps that I use Ozie.
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    mcowl n00b

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