With Verizon's VZ Navigator (which costs $9.99 a month) competing with the free Google Maps with Navigation app on Android smartphones, most people have elected to use Google's navigation program due to the 3D street views, satellite views...and did we mention it's free? Hoping to get more users, Verizon has now update their VZ Navigator app to version VX, as they are calling it. The updated program is compatible with select Android phones, including the Motorola DROID X, HTC Droid Incredible, and the Samsung Fascinate (other phones will be updated later on). So what's new is this version? It offers 3D city and road views that adds dimension to turn-by-turn direction, as well as “real” signs and road views, satellite maps and day/night modes. Unfortunate, the 3D views only work in 6 cities right now (Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Mo., New York, and Washington D.C.) with more cities being added throughout 2011.
We downloaded the new version of VZ Navigator VX on our Motorola DROID X, and after it was installed it prompted us to download all of the 3D maps for the supported cities, which took about 30 minutes over Wi-Fi. Since we are in the South Florida area we were able to try out the navigation, which works just fine, but could not view the 3D city and road views as we're not in one of those 6 cities that is currently supported. We're glad to see that Verizon is updating their VZ Navigator program to make it compete better with Google's offering, but at this point, we'd still rather use the Google Maps with Navigation, as its offers a lot more 3D street views and doesn't cost a monthly charge.
Let us know what you think of the new VZ Navigator VX in the comment section, and be sure to check out the video below!
1.LionStone(Posts: 743; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Before there was Google Maps, Latitude and Navigation, VZW Navigator was the way to go, steep at 10 bucks/mo. but hey, I used it a lot and so it made it worth it to me. After the last update to Navigator it really sucked and I cancelled it. Now why would they charge so much still when Google provides the same service (even better)?
ahhh the android google maps are FREE you really think upgrading something that cost 10 will make people say," hey, they upgraded there 10 vz navigator, let me not use this free navigation that does everthing well and 3d and street view, and latitude and what ever else." come on verizon get serious
3.cellgeek82(Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
30 min to load cities over wifi?! How big is this app? Yeah I'd stick to the free Google Nav if I were a Droid user. I've used Google Nav before and I loved it. It's probably the biggest thing I miss by switching to iPhone. Some think Google Nav sucked but it always worked very well with me.
wow...why the hell would VZW put any time or energy in to competing with Google Navigation+Google Maps??? Building an 'app' from the ground up adding nothing to the navigation, map, or app scene what-so-ever, and then charging $10??.....A MONTH!!!!!!!!! Besides the DroidX, the android phones out here already are getting bogged by all the background services and now they want to try and cripple their users even furthur with some gimicky pretty picture thing? Google already beats Garmin and Tom Tom on this world of navigation...not to mention, this app they made probably uses Google Maps on the backend, soo uhhh....idk..if I had VZW stock I would have sold it all upon hearing how committed they appear to be through this article (this being the first time I've heard of it).....
I used VZ Nav on my Dare back when I was still on feature phones. At the time, with most nav systems costing over $200 and map updates costing just as much, it was a good deal.
Since I've moved to Android, I use Google Nav all of the time. I also purchased Copilot as a backup, in case I'm somewhere without a signal. Keyword...purchased. Not subscribed to. A one time $5. VS. Verizon's $10/mo.
Copilot is nice, but I still find myself using Google's offering.