We are analyzing our special applications of GPS for Android. In previous installments, I have spoken of Copilot Live or MobileNavigator, both a business model and maps offline payment. Now time to talk about an application very similar to these last two browsers mentioned above
Ndrive 11 It is the new version of the multiplatform application that makes our Mobile Android on the dashboard into a full GPS with typical menus of big buttons and those voices. It is available, in addition to Android, Windows Mobile, webOs or Bada.
Contents: maps and voices
The first thing that caught my attention to the install Ndrive 11 is the need to download the nearly 40 megs that includes extra content along with the voices. Show us a self-acceptance virtually button or if. I.e., the 4 megs that we went down the Android Market are just a part of the application. After downloading this content we can pass to the store where give us access to download maps of the pack that we bought in the Android Market. In this case Iberia which includes: Spain, Portugal and Andorra.
The main advantage is the maps offline, almost 500 megs already downloaded into the phone with nearly 500 buildings in 3D that we will see on the map according to sailing. Maps are copied to the SD, so quiet. Instead, the application is installed in the internal memory and can not move.
The interface is quite simple, inspired by the conventional GPS: large and simple buttons, menus of back/forward and organization in grid of all options no longer six per screen. The map interface is quite concise. They can change the meters, click on the different points of interest for more information opening a tab with data like phone, comments and even weather. Advisories are both Visual and sound and indications look good on screen, both turns, the recommended speed or the situation of the Rails where they must continue.
I’ve had some problems to get the GPS signal, what hurts us when starting to drive. Once obtained the signal everything is pretty fluid. During testing I had the feeling that the battery usage is too high, even taking into account that these applications are very demanding in this respect. So it is essential that if we do not want to stay without mobile we connect it to the cigarette lighter of the car.
To make the route we have two very interesting developments as they are Search by Google a place or a site registered on Foursquare through integration with the API, even our usual sites such as where are our friends. If we are more conventional we can find as always by street, town or postcode. The keyboard itself implemented by Ndrive is used on the screen for data entry. Something that is appreciated due to its larger keyboard and the ability to toggle between the ABC/Qwerty keyboard.
The creation of routes can be made with the Ndrive route calculation or creating our own points of interest, favorite itineraries or incidences of traffic. In addition we can see radars from its database and even guide us the weather conditions of the places we are going to lead.
NDrive11 Iberia costs around 24 euros, including maps of Spain, Portugal and Andorra. This amount is below some applications already analyzed, although this price skyrockets if we want more countries, since the packs do not include whole Europe. Of course, we have updates of maps and information that you send Ndrive11.
Conclusions 11 Ndrive
Ndrive11 remains at the forefront in what browsers for mobile It concerns. A business model that seemed dead with the emergence of Google in the Web browsers of mobile terminals. Testing these days Ndrive11 have returned to the sensations that transmitted the first GPS, but knowing to take advantage of the power of an Android with internet: immediate information, integration with more services, or even what may seem silly, inform with a SMS point of the road where we are going. The only drawback is the price can take back if you will not be using regularly.