People say, an android phone without Internet access is a brick. Especially where mapping service is concerned, unless you have a paid app that works without the need for Internet connectivity.
I am currently testing TomTom for Android(South East Asia map) – and initial tests indicate that, so long as I have the mode of transportation, I will definitely get to my destination.
Similar to its VIA & GO GPS device brethrens, on the Android, you get to choose varying degrees to get from point A to point B – based, on fastest, cheapest, “ecomode” and shortest. While fastest & shortest may seem a little similar, there are some notable differences between the two.
Saving a location is the best way to get started, if for instance your location is not immediately available on the map, but upon reaching it shows clearly the surrounding and adjacent roads. Saving that location ensures that in future, you can use that as a favourite to get to, from wherever you are, within the country.
Like most maps, before you head out, you have to ensure that you have the latest maps with you. One of the advantage of Internet-dependent maps is not having to download the entire country’s map into the phone. In TomTom’s case, you need to download the latest maps for all countries in South East Asia. As seen below.
If you happened to be travelling at night, TomTom for Android gives you a darkened background. Of course, be it day or night, you get to see the speed and the time you started driving. It really helps if you have a destination fixed. For safety reasons, please set the destination before driving.
During your drive, you will be informed of the nearest bus stop or petrol stations, should you have a need to pick up and alight someone off along the way, or top up your petrol for your automobile.