Originally Posted by sickchilly
I personally despise Garmin on BlackBerry. It's nothing like standalone units, the Windows Mobile, or Symbian versions. I still don't understand why they can't do offline maps like on those three. On my Nokia, I can have all my maps on the microSDHC card (even topographic maps) so that everything works offline without wireless coverage. I don't have to wait for Garmin to download the map for my route. I can sync waypoints, tracks, POI libraries, etc. with Mapsource on my desktop.
BB users are getting the short, blunt end of the stick when it comes to GPS navigation. And don't tell me it's RIM's limitation as Topoexplorer has figured out how to get offline maps working just fine.
in all honesty, it's a navigation app ported to a phone. it's not going to be perfect, and i have my caveats with it (copy/paste not possible, input of dashes in address not possible)....and other nav products are not perfect either. take telenav for example. i've had them for 2+ years and the app is a good and featureful app, with some neat features you won't find in garmin mobile. but in the end, both of these apps performed about the same when it came to the punchline: will it perform the way navigation is supposed to ? overall, any nav hardware or software you get for a phone or a dedicated device will get it's maps from the same source (navteq).....so the routes/etc...won't be that different.
overall, i guess for the 1 time charge of 100 $ for as long as you have the phone, it's the best overall deal. compare that to 10/mo., 100/year or 250/4 years that telenav offers. i had spoken with both companies customer service departments. telenav claims it's mapping and routing systems are updated about once every 3 to 4 months. i haven't asked garmin the same question, but i am willing to bet it's more frequent considering garmin is a larger company with more effort in it.
also, doesn't the garmin mobile version for windows smartphones come with a map-loaded sd card ?