Who else on here uses the GPS app 'Waze'?

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  1. rousetafarian

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    I think it's pretty damned impressive so much so that my TomTom has been resigned to the glovebox (just incase I cannot get a decent 3G signal)

    Any other views?
     
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    I use TT on my phone, prefer it over google maps as it doesn't rely on 3G to do all the work so its less battery intensive.

    Why do you like it over TT?
     
  3. Bl4ckGryph0n

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    Yes I do! I find that the crowd sourcing traffic information is fantastic.

    Graphically not as great as the standard iphone app. But the way it handles traffic is invaluable to me.

    I've got mine in a Brodit holder and on charge all the time anyway so don't care about data usage or anything like that nor the impact on battery life.
     
  4. apolloa

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    Used it a bit, but I only recently got my phone holder sorted and am yet to use it again. Does look good though.
     
  5. AV Junky

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    Yes, have just started using it. Have been using Google Now to provide travel updates, but wasn't finding it provided enough real-time information. So far, Waze is expressive. :)
     
  6. rousetafarian

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    I've had a number of TomToms in the past that have either been 'lost or stolen' and decided that whilst they are very good functionally the older model I still have didn't have real time traffic reports.

    It runs perfectly on a Samsung S5 btw

    Waze as dejongj pointed out is automatically user generated when travelling and works very efficiently IMO.

    Oh and it costs nothing, bar your data usage the app is free.
     
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    Started using it as a gimmick a couple of days ago as my car has built in satnav, but of course it's never up to date and the traffic reports come in by RDS, normally 2 minutes too late.

    I've been very very impressed with it and would love to get a few friends on board with it.
     
  8. IronGiant

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    Sounds interesting, I'll have a look...
     
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    Will give it a try, has even reminded me to get a Brodit holder for my ithing in this car, as I'd never bothered due to built in satnav.
     
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  11. AV Junky

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    I use a vent mount myself. Amazon do ones to fit most common phone models. Puts the phone in a nice accessible spot and don't have to have anything stuck on the windscreen.
     
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    Dont use Waze as such but I believe that Google own Waze and they use the traffic reports from Waze on Google Maps.
     
  13. Bl4ckGryph0n

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    Blimey, didn't realise that...And they paid a cool $1.6Bn for it...

    I might stop using it now :devil:
     
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    Have used it also and works pretty well, it got me through central london the other day as i didnt have clue where i was going otherwise.
    The only negative is the volume being a bit low for my liking especially compared to copilot live which is my normal preferred app.
     
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    I used it a good while ago now and found it funny seeing all the other Waze users on the map not too far from me. :) Drained my iPhone battery mighty quickly though. :/

    Talking of satnav or phone holders/mounts, I can also vouch for the vent kits. :)

    I use a TomTom Go 6000 in my Mini and was having a problem finding a solution for a holder as the vents are 'uniquely' shaped, and the satnav is a bit too big for a dash or window mount, until I came across this genius invention called the 'CD Slot Mount':

    [​IMG]

    You can still play a CD with it inserted, and the round pad works perfectly as a base for the 6000's window suction kit. :)
     
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    Apparently Google have said they will leave it untouched because they have a great community for Waze. Google just makes use of the information for Google Maps as well. Quite often if you see a reported accident on Google Maps it says 'Reported through Waze app'.
     
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    Tried using it but cannot locate me on my nexus 5 even with GPS on
     
  18. rousetafarian

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    It has to have the GPS activated AFAIK, unsure why you cannot be pinpointed?
     
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    I tried it on my Nexus 7 on wifi, looks interesting... although, clearly, I wasn't moving anywhere while sitting in the Living room :)
     
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    I love Waze, been using it for around 18 months after someone recommended it on here. It's dead easy to report issues too, which I always try to do if someone else hasn't already.
     
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    I'd give your Nexus to your wife, then next time she wonders into the living room she'll be able to use Waze to find her way back to the Kitchen :D:clown:
     
  22. rousetafarian

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    and report an accident?
     
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    I used waze for a while on my iPhone 5 whilst I was deciding what permanent device to go for in my new car (had an older tomtom before that was out of date and live services run out) found it to be good but when you loose signal it's no use, very up to date for a free app, shame they could make make it like co-pilot/tomtom apps where you can download the maps to the phone, found myself reporting far to often when driving though!

    I went back to the new tomtom go 400 (standalone unit) with lifetime updates and lifetime traffic via my IP5, I could not get on with it being on the phone and prefer it to be separate as I take a lot of calls when driving....great app for the occasional user though....
     
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    I've used Waze for a good while now, got the crown, etc. My thoughts are:

    Waze is great for routes that you drive regularly. Its traffic reporting is very reliable, and you often get good info about specific driving conditions/incidents along the route from other users. It's also fun to look at and use. I always have it on for my long commute.

    However, if I don't know where I am going and absolutely have to get there on time, then I'll always have TomTom on as well. First issue with Waze is that it relies on a 3G signal (if using a route that you've not driven before). Secondly, if you've got a 3G signal then you'll notice its servers go down a little more frequently than is 100% ideal.

    Additionally, TomTom gives the user more control over routing options and alternative routes when underway. For example, Waze will always route you around the traffic rather than asking. There's no equivalent of 'Avoid next 300 yards', etc on Waze. Finally, overall, I prefer TomTom's routings.

    So, for the commute and casual drives I always have Waze on. For time-constrainted trips to new places TomTom gets fired up as well because it gives you more control.
     
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    I agree although I prefer navigon to tomtom.
     
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    Hugely impressed with Waze, have nothing else sat nav related on my phone any more. It has saved me a couple of times on the way back from Leeds with alternate routes around huge traffic problems - usually routing you off at a junction to an A road from the motorway and back on the other side of the jam.
    Downside is when you lose 3G connection - not been a huge problem, I assume it caches some of the data ahead, but if you miss a turn and have no signal you have to wait for it to catchup. The knowing a traffic jam is up ahead makes the journey far less stressful to me personally, even when you get snarled up in a slow bit of motorway, just nicer to know ahead of time how long it goes on for etc.
     
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    Just installed this on my iPhone - I have a Pioneer AppRadio headunit I'm about to fit in my Golf and Google Maps is compatible on Android and not on iOS?!?
    Quite like it - speed camera warning is good though I'm rarely doing anything that would get me photographed.
    It's making a number of beeps and jingles when I'm driving - I guess when I get it up on a 7" touchscreen it will be a bit more obvious what it's up to - at the moment the phone is mounted by the gearstick so not always safe to look at in motion.

    Quick question about the GPS speed display - I was expecting it to vary from the speedo slightly but I'm puzzled by the variation between them.
    At a steady 50mph in a straight line on Waze I'm doing 53 on the speedo.
    At a Waze 70mph the speedo is showing 76mph.
    I'm not blessed with many dead straight, dead flat roads so I don't know if hills affect the GPS measurement?
    The Waze display seems to be a moving average as it shows speed briefly once you've stopped.
    I'm not hugely bothered but I'm curious how "accurate" their speedo is compared to their Waze indication?
     
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    Sounds like your speedo is over reading by about 3%
     
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    6 or 8 % but still perfectly normal
     
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    Doh, you're quite right :blush: Note to self, don't do mental arithmetic, you can't... :D
     

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