Navigation (Vacation post)

Navigation (Vacation post)

Ola! As I said, this week I’m on vacation at the south of Spain, and this is actually the end of day 4. Since this blog is about digital lifestyle, gadgets etc. I thought I’d cover those aspects of the vacation although I’ll probably drift into other related experiences 馃檪 Navigation… This was actually my number one concern coming here. My family and I had rented a station wagon for the week and planned on taking some trips all around south of Spain. I’ve had some experience with iGo but I don’t like it enough to spend the 70$ – 90$ on it (especially since I don’t come to Europe that often. In Israel I usually use Waze which is a free social navigation app that also shows traffic information based on other drivers input. It has the most value when lot’s of drivers use it around you and when you can download the base map since otherwise it uses a lot of bandwidth to bring up the map and the traffic data. In Spain, with out the map preloaded and with fewer drivers using it, I am afraid Waze seemed less attractive. Finally I decided to gamble on an app called navmii, this navigation app has all the basic functionalities (find an address, some points of interest although very few, favorites, recent destinations, day / night modes, iPod interface in the app…) and the best thing – it is modular meaning, you can buy the map of the country you like and not entire Europe! So for Spain I paid a total of 4.99$ and that’s it. The navigation was very easy, smooth and accurate as long as we had an address to input… (when we didn’t it got a bit tricky but while on vacation we rather enjoyed getting lost and finding our way again most of the time. (small tip: with some city / street names with special characters in them, its best to set the interface of the app in the language of the area – Spanish on our case, so that you would actually find the right place.

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I’ll give a warm recommendation on navmii for vacations such as this one, forget about the full featured heavy duty nave apps, buy the map you need on a smart and handy navigation app that does the job! Speaking of navigation, we found a great little restaurant at Marbella called Gorki – after some challenging days of trying to get used to the hours in which Spanish restaurants are open, tying to figure out if we like paella and what is it about the tapas that gets everyone so excited…. We found Gorki, a quite, friendly restaurant with excellent verity and top quality food for very reasonable prices (address: Marbella, C. Pablo Casals 8. Tel: 952-861-612). As for the navigation itself, I brought two options with me, one my iPhone 3G and the other my new iPad. The latter as expected got the gps signal much quicker and perform very well while the iPhone struggled a bit more until connected it with the useful Tomtom car kit I bought a few months ago which helped lock o. The signal and keep the phone charged at the same time. So, as the driver I found the iPhone, mounted on the Tomtom car kit much easier to handle, when I was the navigator for someone else driving, the iPad was a bit more fun to use since I could see a whole lot more data and much clearer… That’s it for now, getting back to my vacation…

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