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5.0 out of 5 stars It works, about the same as GoogleMaps., May 14, 2011
This review is from: MapQuest: Maps, GPS & Traffic (App)
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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Initial post: Dec 12, 2011 10:08:04 AM PST
No. Not everyone already has Google Maps installed since those of us on Kindle Fire can't use Google Maps, without hacking anyway.

Just answering the question. No flippancy intended.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2012 1:02:03 AM PST
Mad Jack says:
Good Job MagnoliaSouth! Telling DIMTRIY everyone doesn't already have Google Maps installed.... It's like he/she thinks apps are created only for his/her device only, and not ALL the other hardware that is capable of using software. Flippancy intended hehe 8-p

Not sent from my Kindle Fire

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2012 4:58:45 PM PST
dougdirt says:
You don't need to "hack" your Kindle Fire to add Google Maps. You just need a way to acquire the APK file, such as another Android device (I use my phone). The Kindle Fire allows you to "sideload" apps if you would like to, so you are not limited to what the Amazon App Store has. The apps are just not as easy to find if you don't have another Android device in order to get them from the actual Android Marketplace. I have Google Maps installed on my Kindle Fire and use it for directions when I don't know exactly where I am going but don't want to use my phone's GPS and eat up my battery.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2012 10:09:07 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 6:44:01 PM PDT
D. Rojas says:
You don't need to sideload Google Maps, all you do is go too 1mobile.com
and install their 1Mobile Market app 2.3 and then download Google Maps with Street view,Google earth works great as well.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 10:36:44 AM PST
I Hi there, google nav does not offer 2d view, it only offers 3d. Or if you use their 2d the map is stuck to the north and does not rotate with the direction of the ride.
My question is does this gps have rotating 2d capability? I always miss my exits with 3d.
Thanks.
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