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1,037 of 1,110 people found the following review helpful
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Since the Kindle Fire doesn't have the Maps app like the iPad/iPhone, I downloaded the MapQuest Android app as a substitute. As a mapping app, it's not too shabby, although it obviously requires a 3G connection, which the Fire lacks, for all the features to work. (that's not a slam - I love my Fire).

When MapQuest opens, you have your choice of a roadway map or a labeled satellite map (similar to the hybrid map in Maps). There are icons representing locations such as hotels, restaurants, post offices, schools, etc. Clicking on one causes all the locations within the map boundaries to be pinpointed. Clicking on one of these pinpoints opens up a box with the name, address, and (sometimes) phone number. The selected route from your location to the location you want is then highlighted in blue. If you have a GPS and 3G connection, a computer voice (not very good, in my opinion) will guide you to the destination. With the Kindle Fire, it serves as a route planner. You have some ability to adjust the route, and you can turn on traffic conditions for major roads to help plan the route.

The maps look pretty good, although you can't zoom in as close as with the Maps app in the iPad/iPhone. The map was up-to-date for my area.

There are a number of other features and settings that can be adjusted. The app even pinpointed my location within about a hundred yards (I have no idea how it does that in a Kindle Fire).

Please note that this app relies on an active wi-fi connection for route planning, and a 3G connection and GPS, as in a smartphone or iPad, to be used for traveling. For the Kindle Fire, it's an acceptable mapping and route planning app.
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429 of 494 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2011
I installed this program on my Acer A500 (Honeycomb 3.0).
Program works reliably.

The only problem - it works only if you have internet connection. And since my tablet is Wi-Fi only - i can't use this program, as navigation tool. I wish i can cache all map data on the device.
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392 of 452 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2011
It's a fine app, the price is right (free), but doesn't everyone already have GoogleMaps installed? MapQuest doesn't really offer anything different, aside from preloaded locations from several categories, like POST OFFICES, GAS STATIONS, HOTELS, etc., which you can access through the task bar. But you can get that easy enough on GoogleMaps as well.
There is also something called TOUCH POINT here, it hilights the point on the map where you touch, with the ability to give you navigation directions to that point, if prompted. Again, GoogleMaps does the same thing, but in MapQuest this function is annoyingly intrusive, as these points seem to light up almost every time you touch the map to move it or to pinch-to-zoom. In GoogleMaps you need a longer press to activate this function (around a second or so), which is a good thing -- on a small screen I am moving my map all the time, and I don't need these TOUCH POINTS going off all the time.
Each of these two apps has its own quirks, UIs are slightly different, so I guess it comes down to what tickles your personal fancy.
Since I'm so used to GoogleMaps UI, and generally very happy with it, I personally see little need for MapQuest. But if you for some reason don't have GoogleMaps, then I wholeheartedly recommend MapQuest, and I give it about 4 and a half stars (half a point taken away for annoying TOUCH POINTS popping up unnecessarily).
I will keep it on my DroidX for now, just in case, but if I ever need to clean up some of the apps for more memory, this one will go.

p.s. If you are interested in further detailed comparison between these two map applications, check out a great music video for the song "Lazy Sunday" by Lonely Island -- it's all over the Internets )))
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon November 29, 2011
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Not as many features as Google maps but it still get the job done. What makes this great though is that it seems to be more accurate then Google Maps and it is only 2MB so it runs fast, rock solid and hasn't locked or crashed on me yet. Wonderful app!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2012
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This is awesome except you need wi-fi to download directions. Otherwise its great. I was lost and this app helped me.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2011
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Of course, on KINDLE FIRE there's no GPS, so u have to put ur location.. but I always know where I'm at..so not an issue for me!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
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It's not much different than Google Maps. MapQuest has their preloaded categories and locations on a visable taskbar. It's still online mapping so you do need to be connected.

I found the TOUCH POINT feature a little annoying. It just highlights the point on the map where you touch and offers to give you info and navigation. The problem is that it pops up almost anytime and everytime you touch the map so moving and zooming becomes a battle between doing what you want and refusing assistance. At least in Google Maps it takes a definite touch and hold to request the additional info.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2013
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I have used the Google map program on the web for years and have watched it develop from a sometimes useful program to a source of first resort for information on the location of just about any home or business. The MapQuest app offers that capability and provides turn by turn navigation as well. If your car is not equipped with GPS, this app allows you to use your Kindle HD for navigation with an up-to-date map database and great visuals.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
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I don't think mapquest is meant to be for the kindle fire. The kindle fire was unable to find my location, so mapquest didn't really work well. Also, it is very outdated. I put my address on and it couldn't find it eventhough my house is more than four years old. I also put some adresses that I know how to get to and for some the directions were really confusing and a lot more complicated than the route anybody who knows the area uses.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Unfortunately, I am rarely within wi-fi range, especially when hiking. I'm giving this 3 stars because it has the potential to be a great app if the Kindle Fire ever has the range or my car GPS or my Garmin ever simultaneously breaks down. I thought this might be of value if it could map out my local hiking routes, but you cannot get a closeup view of terrain and trails.

As for its other applications, for those with GPS on their phones or in their cars, I don't understand why anyone would want or need this app. Maybe I'm missing something - and again I'm the app its due just because it came up with my location when I installed it! - but if you have a GPS, then why Mapquest? And, if you're working on your computer at home, you can easily use MQ or Google Maps to plan a route for a trip. (And my Garmin will do hiking routes.)

Am I just too far behind the technology?
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