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Back to old love

Posted by kruget on 5 June 2012 in English (English)

After using waze for a while, i realized that waze is useless if i go to area without GSM/GPRS signal. So now i turn back to osmand when i'am in "uncivilized" area. Osmand feels so ancient, yet techy and very configurable.

Comment from Sanderd17 on 5 June 2012 at 18:17

If you think Osmand is ancient, try Navit ;)

No, what makes you think Osmand is ancient? I've just started contributing bits of code (I believe 3 lines up to now :D) to Osmand because I think it's a wonderful project. My father can use it (and he's really not tech-savvy), and it's techy enough for me.

For the moment, the team is busy with implementing a better UI (although I didn't try their work yet) and someone is also working on listening to more calls (eg call Osmand from your contacts, or via a google maps link).

In Belgium, Waze is pretty worthless in total, since the biggest part (99%) of streets aren't on Waze. While the quality of OSM is quite big in Belgium.

Is there some special feature you would like to see in Osmand? You can always ask it in the forums: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/osmand but it has to be an Osmand feature you ask for.

You can't aks for a "traffic jam layer" (that would probably be the thing you want) when there isn't one service providing such a layer. (Btw, Osmand is implementing such a layer for Russia via Yandex).

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Comment from nmixter on 8 June 2012 at 08:57

Osmand is an awesome program. There are two things I would like to see, the ability to add custom tags and capitalizing words in the name field. I think both have tickets for them. Osmand works great to do drive by POIing. Maybe we can get the phrase - adding points on the go - to catch on. :)

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Comment from kruget on 9 June 2012 at 05:13

@Sanderd17, i tried navit recently, so ancient. I dont think i'm smart enough to operate it.

Similar thing happened in Indonesia, most of the streets aren't in waze. Only the big and verified ones. It is perfect to navigate safely because it wont get me into 4wd only streets.

Special feature? I wan't osmand to offer me alternate route. Waze can do it nicely, complete with ETA. I think Osmand need to implement it too, so when i get stuck because of traffic or collapsed bridge, i can get alternatives easily. That will make Osmand even better than Garmin HCx.

@Nmixter, sounds good. I never tried that, yet. I still use the free version.

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