PND Versus Google Maps


I just returned from a short trip to San Antonio, about 300 miles one way. For the drive down and back, I used my wife's Via 1535TM and used Google maps on my iPhone to get around town. I like having the speed limit and traffic delay views available on the Via. I also like the convenience of Google (or Apple) maps on my iPhone for the shorter trips.

Which one do you prefer?

Shooter N32 39 W97 25 VIA 1535TM, Lexus built-in, TomTom Go

waze and Galaxy

I've migrated from using a Garmin to using my android phone almost exclusively for navigation. Beginning with my S2, the Navigate app worked very well, though later updates to it have made it too "busy." So I've gone to using Waze on my S5, and I love the speed trap and red-light cam notifications.

Waze and HERE

I find myself only using my Garmin Nuvi 4 to 6 times a year now. I mostly use either Waze or HERE. The only time I bother with my Garmin Nuvi is when the trip is more than 100 miles. I use Waze or HERE for trips less than 100 miles. Works out great.


Quick searches and direction, I use my iphone. Long trips, I use my Garmin. It's 50/50.

Highways vs local streets

Google provides local street traffic. Nuvi does not. Use nuvi when I'm traveling highways.

Nuvi 2598 LMT Nuvi 3597 LMT

HERE and WAZE on an iPad Mini Plus My Nuvi 3597

On long trips, I carry both. WAZE and Smartphone Link on the Nuvi provide the most complete traffic information available in the areas I travel. The Nuvi is also necessary when using downloaded POI files.

I use waze a lot though the

I use waze a lot though the newer update removed some user preferences such as ability to select invisible mode

I use both

I use my smartphone for GasBuddy price information on long trips but my Garmin POI information to see upcoming locations to stop, traffic and weather alerts, and for head-up, hands free information presentation.

My GPS screen is still larger and easier to see than my smartphone screen and it can be placed where I need it in my line of sight.

I like the Nuvi we have in

I like the Nuvi we have in the cars. I use Here on phone if needed while walking around an unfamiliar town.

I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

Garmin in the car, phone when walking

It's just too easy to use the Garmin always mounted to the front of the dash, normally out of sight when the car is parked. I use the phone when walking. Then it's Google maps or a program using hiking maps. So many communities have walking trails that my hiking maps come in handy in the suburbs.