Originally Posted by rowiebowie
a) Android Phone Tablet
b) Android Navigation App
c) Phone/Data Plan with Good Coverage/Reasonable Cost
Or "d)" - None of the above.
I'm experimenting with using an older Android phone without a SIM & dedicating it to mapping (Google Maps, Here Maps, Sygix Maps), monitoring the engine (via Bluetooth ODB-II), monitoring camper power (Victron, Thornwave) and fridge temps (Sensorpush). I'm leaving it mounted on the dash, always plugged in. It uses my Verizon hotspot to get to the Internet. It's not on any cell plan itself - it uses WiFi from my other plans.
I like the idea of not
having the nav & monitoring device on my primary phone, as I always carry my phone and I don't want to disconnect every time I stop & fill gas or hop out of the camper for some reason. My phone stays with me. The Android nav/monitor device (a phone w/o a SIM) stays in the camper.
I wish it were a bit bigger. It's a 5.5" screen. 7-8" would be better.
As far as Navigation apps, make sure you have one that allows you to download maps. If you don't download ahead of time, you'll burn lots of data and/or you'll be out of cell range when you need a map that wasn't downloaded.
I switch between Google Maps and Sygix most of the time. Google has the best routing but is really poor at finding gas stations, waysides, etc. Sygix will tell you how many gas stations, waysides (etc) are along your route and how many miles away they are. That is really, really useful. It's buggy and a bit quirky though.
Waze cannot download maps, so I deleted it.
'Here' was my favorite back when it was integrated with Microsoft Bing. It's a good app, I just don't use it much.