can you get by without google maps/waze?

 

Something happened to my phone, and have been without for 3 days (imagine that--I would have laughed 5 yrs. ago saying so what, today? Very stressful around work).

Now I have no choice but to listen to AM radio and try to make the best judgement. Yes on rare occasions, google misses the fact that no this route does not save 8 min. due to the entrance to the GWB being closed as suggested, but normally, it saves 10 min+ on a commute to and from work as there are as many possible routes as there are ways to configure a Porsche!

man are smartphones practical these days. and expensive--they tried to tell me my phone is not covered by a warranty, even though 10 mos. old. I was thinking s*** that could be over $700 down the drain? This is the 3rd Galaxy S8, though, not sure what's wrong with them. Had a S4 prior and zero problems.

Just think

you could always revert back to your trusty old GPS !

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT Retired now, Nuvi 2797LMT, SmartDrive 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Here maps

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Really????

I am 63 years old and got by with paper maps for decades. I can certainly get by without Waze or Google Maps. While a GPS is easy, it is by no means necessary.

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Bobbo, Linda, and the furry kid

Google/Waze

Seldom use Google for navigation. Never use Waze. If I don’t have my trusty GPS in the car and I need directions, I will go to Here maps that I have on my phone. Works just fine. May not have up to date traffic, but it will get me to where I am going.

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

Yes

I usually have Waze booted on my smartphone along with my Garmin 3597 when travelling. I also use Google Maps occasionally.

The Garmin with smartphone link works well for me when the smartphone isn't handy but I prefer to use both.

Yes

I lack a smart phone, so Waze is not part of my life. I like Google maps on my PC, but could live without it.

My favorite use of Google maps for navigation involves looking up new destinations and using StreetView to see just what they look like on approach.

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personal GPS user since 1992

me too

archae86 wrote:

I lack a smart phone, so Waze is not part of my life. I like Google maps on my PC, but could live without it.

My favorite use of Google maps for navigation involves looking up new destinations and using StreetView to see just what they look like on approach.

Although I do have a smartphone, Galaxy S6, don't use it for navigation, in fact I rarely use it for a phone either. Photos and text messages I what I use it most for.

I do use Google maps street view and satellite view on the PC as well. I use for for many things in reality. mainly to check out a route before hand, looking for intersections and how to make a turn. Is there a traffic light, a left turn arrow, divided highway, etc. The left turn thing may sound funny or odd, but when I travel in New Jersey some of their highways don't allow a left from the left turn left, you have to take a jug handle on the right side of the cross then cross over to complete the left turn, that same highway may also have actual left turn lanes, or a circle (roundabout) but not too many of those left.

Just have to keep in mind that satellite view/street view can be pretty old in some areas and things may look completely different.

Another thing I use street view for, when I'm bored I will take a "ride" down a street in another country I'll never get to visit just to see what it's like, pretty cool.

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. Nuvi 2689, two Nuvi 2460, Zumo 550, Zumo 450, Uniden R3 radar detector with GPS built in, includes RLC info. Uconnect 430N, Garmin, built into my Jeep. .

Well you're just a kid

robertliles wrote:

I am 63 years old and got by with paper maps for decades. I can certainly get by without Waze or Google Maps. While a GPS is easy, it is by no means necessary.

I have quite a few years on you and have long ago given up on paper maps, actually as far back as 2002. It also is very difficult to consult paper maps underway when you are driving solo !

As an example I cross the border into Detroit to get on I-75 south. Each year for two years now there are horrible detours to get to I-75 south. My Garmin knows which way to go whereas a paper map would not.

I also drive over 3,000 miles every fall for my winter destination and because of constant changes on my not always identical route I am glad to have the Garmin to guide me. Again much more difficult to do with paper maps.

Additionally the Garmin can and will let me know where to find a favorite restaurant along the way. Again a paper map cannot do that.

Having said that I do have some ancient paper maps which are gathering dust these days.

Just my 0.02 worth

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT Retired now, Nuvi 2797LMT, SmartDrive 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Garmin for navigation

I use my Garmin for navigation, but still remember how to navigate with paper maps.

Only use Google to look up a location, for interest.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

I use Google for navigation,

I use Google for navigation, but have Here on my Pixel 2 XL as a backup. I keep my 1300LM in the car as a backup to the Pixel 2 XL, and keep an old (and really needing to be updated) road atlas in the car as a backup to that.

The best use for a physical road atlas is in the unlikely event the electronics fail. You always have a way of telling where you are and how to get home.

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"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." --Douglas Adams

And,

Melaqueman wrote:
robertliles wrote:

I am 63 years old and got by with paper maps for decades. I can certainly get by without Waze or Google Maps. While a GPS is easy, it is by no means necessary.

I have quite a few years on you and have long ago given up on paper maps, actually as far back as 2002. It also is very difficult to consult paper maps underway when you are driving solo !

As an example I cross the border into Detroit to get on I-75 south. Each year for two years now there are horrible detours to get to I-75 south. My Garmin knows which way to go whereas a paper map would not.

I also drive over 3,000 miles every fall for my winter destination and because of constant changes on my not always identical route I am glad to have the Garmin to guide me. Again much more difficult to do with paper maps.

Additionally the Garmin can and will let me know where to find a favorite restaurant along the way. Again a paper map cannot do that.

Having said that I do have some ancient paper maps which are gathering dust these days.

Just my 0.02 worth

A fine 0.02 worth, it is. grin

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

Don’t Need It, But Use It

Like other folks on this post, I learned how to navigate with paper maps and can still get around that way if necessary. But also like other folks, I like having Google (or Apple) maps to find the address of a POI. A paper map will only help you if you know where you are going to begin with. Otherwise, you need something called a “Telephone Book” or the “Yellow Pages”

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

Greece trip with Google and GPS

I took my Nuvi to Greece. When walking I needed to know the way to walk from our Hotel to the Flea Markets in Athens and back to the hotel. The buildings were so tall and the streets were narrow so when walking I was not able to acquire a good satellite. When I did it was very delayed. I bought a Greece Vodafone SIM card and put it in my Note 8 and turned on Google Maps. That worked great, even with the tall buildings and narrow streets.
With all my worry about taking my Nuvi I never used it. After buying the SIM Card I had Talk, text and 7 GB of data for 17 Euros for the trip. I could call and text anywhere in Greece with the SIM card and used Google Dialer to call and text anywhere else, even back her to the US. It was great. Also the trip was great but tiring.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

Navigation

Navigation is difficult with paper maps when traveling country roads not shown on maps with less detail. I would have to print each important intersection separately. Navigation devices tell us the distance to an intersection and the time to reach the destination.

It scares me

We are getting so Electronic that in a few more years if we lost power our Country would collapse. Schools no longer teaching Cursive, math without computers and such. We didn't have GPS when I was in ARMY, magnetic compass and Topo's were a mandatory skill for Ground Pounders. What if your batteries die, GPS/Smartphone get damaged, could you find your way back to trailhead/safety? Yes GPS is a great help, but people are lazy and will eventually lose necessary skills to navigate if GPS dies.

How true.

In Boy Scouts we still teach map and compass, how to orient a map, finding your way at night (stars and moon), and finding your way during the day w/o compass.BUT, we now have to teach how to use a GPS. It is part of the rank requirements.

windwalker wrote:

We are getting so Electronic that in a few more years if we lost power our Country would collapse. Schools no longer teaching Cursive, math without computers and such. We didn't have GPS when I was in ARMY, magnetic compass and Topo's were a mandatory skill for Ground Pounders. What if your batteries die, GPS/Smartphone get damaged, could you find your way back to trailhead/safety? Yes GPS is a great help, but people are lazy and will eventually lose necessary skills to navigate if GPS dies.

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Nuvi 2460LMT.

times changed

It's just sign of changing times. I went with paper maps for years, still can do. But using them mostly for planing long distance trips, as you have better overview of big areas. But I'm not fan of driving with them. Especially, when all the sudden you find yourself on some detour in the middle of the night. Good luck to match road in some deserted area with map at night.

But I'm still using my old 770 but with updated maps. Sometimes just to have arrival time shown. Phone somehow doesn't work for me, even as I have Here maps there. Occasionally I will use it, if I don't have Nuvi with me.

As for teaching math and other stuff in school on computers. At work I have to prepare data for other use that sometimes contains few hundred thousand records. And I need them for "now or even sooner". With pen and paper I'm looking for weeks of fun. Technology makes task easier, but creates demands for more data in shorter time. So if you learn how to use it in school it makes your life easier in adult life.

Bring back the paper maps -

Bring back the paper maps - backup always needed.

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Garmin Drive Smart 61 NA LMT-S

Can you get by without Google Maps/Waze?

I did for years. Most days I don't need navigation assistance. If I know I'll be traveling through a lot of unfamiliar areas I use my GPS. I love that my phone can provide guidance on those occasions where something comes up where I need navigation unexpectedly. Nothing wrong with a 'belt and suspenders' approach. wink

the verdict

was that I did survive, but I really had to make educated guesses which way to go, in conjunction with AM radio. Very hard to know whether I should take which bridge, or if I should exit here, or pass through...I survived though.

I could

I have no doubt I could, but what a PITA to navigate with paper. Talk about distracted driving...

I just came back from Michigan, and have both Google maps, and HERE on the phone. And, on my backup phone. Yes, I carry a backup when traveling, just in case.

The smartphone maps made getting around easy in the rental, and I didn't need to bring the Garmin. But, I did bring my dash cam.

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

My Opinion

I would never use Google for anything.