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Magic Earth Reviews

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One of the best navigation apps there is.

  • Free
  • Very good results
  • Not own by Google, Facebook or Microsoft
  • Based on Small OpenStreetMap iconOpenStreetMap
  • Works offline
  • Available on iOS and Android
  • Very good privacy policy
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Fantastically easy offline nav app, far easier than OSMAnd and well on par with Google Maps

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The free version of Magic Earth with OSM maps is so far the best satnav app I have the pleasure of trying.

  • ** Superior maps in my corner of the world. **
    Far better than Google in rural or less densely populated areas and it even has decent coverage in the forest.
  • ** Excellent offline routing **
    Go fastest or go shortest route. Go to nearest gas-station without hassle. Go by car, bike or walk. Even go by public transport. (Not that well covered by OSM)
  • ** Fantastic ease of use**
    This is the first navigation app that I can truly recommend to anyone, not just fellow tech geeks.
    It's got turn-by-turn instructions in a long range of languages and works without any worry about mobile internet coverage.
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OSM based map that works online, exactly what I was looking for!

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I'm a Nokia fanboy at heart, and I've been using Nokia's GPS since they bought NavTeq way back in 2007. I'm data limited, so offline maps are pretty much a necessity for me.

NavTeq/Nokia/HERE has always been my go-to solution for over a decade, and I still recommend them. I've tried others, but none really seemed to make the grade.

I've been playing with Magic Earth for about a month, and it seems to. The map quality is as good as HERE maps (at least in the Toronto, Canada region where I live), and the user interface is just as impressive.

I've recently starting playing with the traffic features, and for some reason, Magic Earth uses only about 20% of the data that HERE uses for the same traffic corridor (2MB versus 9MB).

One other nice thing is that when there's an "event" (collision, whatever) up ahead, HERE automatically reroutes you, while Magic shows an alert, like "-9", to indicate you can save 9 minutes by taking an alternate route. You can then see the routes in the overview, and decide for yourself.

It also has other benefits over HERE maps:

  1. It will search your phone's contacts for addresses, meaning you rarely have to enter their address
  2. It allows you to tag and name destinations as favourites for future use
  3. The integrated background dashcam is far easier on the battery that running a second app with a dashcam in the background.

HERE has the collections feature, where you can enter addresses, rather than integrating with the phone contacts. And you can do it more conveniently from a desktop PC than a phone. But I'm finding that Magic Earth's way is faster to use than HERE's.

No criticism against HERE, I still recommend it. But I'm finding I'm using Magic more and more often.

[Edited by billdehaan, March 12]

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A complete FOSS navigation app, which has almost everything you would want from a navigation app. It is awesome.

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Its a great free turn-by-turn navigation app based on OpenStreetMap.

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