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NDrive CONTEST: Navigate Your World!


NDrive10Most Android Phone owners get their device, notice Google Maps and Google Navigation are pre-installed, and don’t think twice about trying out alternative navigation and mapping applications. But maybe you should. Some of the alternatives, such as NDrive, offer a great experience and additional features you won’t find elsewhere.

Take a look for yourself:

With maps and navigation that span Western & Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Africa and the Middle East, NDrive has been committed to providing Android users with an intensely enjoyable navigating system for quite awhile. The company has continually improved the app, helping it accumulate 50,000+ downloads and nearly a 4-star rating in Android Market.

ANYONE can download a FREE 7-day trial of NDrive, but our lucky readers of Phandroid and members of have a special opportunity to win an unlocked version of the map of their choice!

Here is how you enter:

A few rules:

  • Contest will last for 7 days (starting today)
  • 20+ winners will be selected randomly over the course of the contest (roughly 3 per day)
  • You MUST comment on both Android Market AND the thread as specified above
  • An Admin of will contact winners using Private Message on the forum to obtain necessary information in order to award your prize

Head on over to the contest thread to continue the conversation about NDrive!

Rob Jackson
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  1. But I don’t own my Samsung Galaxy S yet and it won’t be released in the US in the next 7 days :(

  2. Didn’t work on my Evo, I couldn’t finish the install, but I’ll try it again someday. It’d be nice to have navigation that didn’t require data.

  3. Seriously, it’s cool. I’m just fine with Google Maps and Navigation.

  4. For those out of supported countries for stock satnav, try “Brut Maps”. Google it :)

  5. Copilot 8 is dfar better.

  6. The USA map is 2 gb!

  7. Google Maps is nice, but a data connection is needed for it to work. Since the Ndrive maps are downloaded on to the phone, I can finaly use my Droid as a dedicated GPS device when I head off the beaten path. That is one less device I have to worry about, very nice indeed.

  8. I had no idea it would take all day (8+ hours) to download U.S. maps. And that was with my Evo sitting right next to my wireless router. I’ll play with it for my 7 day free trial and compare it with Google Nav.

    From what I’ve so far seen, it seems to be a good system. I like how it offers suggests for different categories of where to go for eating, entertainment, etc.

  9. Just switched to the AT&T 200 MB plan so I have to go easy on the data. This is perfect for it. Right now I don’t have any GPS app at all because I’m stuck on Android 1.5 on the Backflip but once Backflip does get 2.1 I might just stick with this to save on the data.

  10. Tried using NDrive on a recent trip.

    They seemed to try really hard to get every aspect of the UI completely wrong, along with the core tech. The best thing that can be said is that it works while offline–like the dancing bear, it’s not how well the bear dances, but that it dances at all.

    A quick summary of issues:

    1. It tried to route us over an hour out of our way in the Portland area.
    2. Its address entry sequence is perverse: First you have to select a city (and to do that, you click on the country flag, select a state, THEN select the city). Then you enter the street name. THEN you enter the street number. If you forget and enter a street number with the street name, you’re stuck–no way to select anything or to ask it to search.
    3. On one freeway stretch it would tell us every minute or so to stay on the freeway (i.e., don’t get off at EVERY exit we passed).
    4. When downloading maps, it got stuck and crashed. I never managed to get it to download all of the maps before the trial expired.
    5. The maps are pretty pricey, though potentially worth it to save money on data or, in my case, because I choose not to pay for a data plan at all.
    6. There’s no way to see a compass on the main screen, nor is there a “North is Up” mode for the map–except when you zoom out a certain amount, at which point it sometimes switches to “North is Up” without telling you.
    7. It does NO automatic dead reckoning: If you’re going down a freeway with no exits at 65 MPH (which it also knows), and you lose your GPS signal, it will let you blast right past your exit. Even if it could have pretty much known where you were.
    8. It loses GPS a LOT. This is probably a phone issue (Motorola Milestone), but still, it makes #7 pretty annoying.
    9. No support for multiple waypoints. Come ON! This is on pretty much every GPS device available at this point.

    There were a few other issues, but those are the basics. It was rather…frustrating using it.

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