I think this is a good example of when the OEM navigation meets needs just fine. Obviously a characteristic of smartphones is the ability to optimally route around traffic, road hazards, road closures, etc., But in order for you to take advantage of this you have to be willing to let the smartphone choose the route.For what it's worth, People use their GPS/maps for different purposes. Most use the "go to" mode.That is where they put in a destination and the GPS takes them there. It may not be the way you want to go, but it will get you there. I use the GPS differently most of the time. I build routes that makes the GPS go where and how I want to go.-eg- Redding CA to Indio Ca. That is some 600+ miles. I chose the way I want to go, around places like LA. I put in fuel stops. I can then see easily where I am and where I am going. Can you do that with your smart phone?. Honestly I don't know that answer as I have never used my phone to navigate. Will the phone work to navigate when out of cell phone coverage? Using "go to" works good when you are just running around town, but to put in "go to" on a 600 mile route seems to be a crap shoot to me.
As to frequent destinations, they are all in the "recent", or "saved" places in the GPS.The GPS in my 17 touring works quite good, thanks to BBLee. It has not let me down in the last three years.
What you're doing reminds me a lot more of a digital version of choosing a route via an old school paper road atlas.
I ran into a problem with Google maps a year or so ago when I was driving West across New York City during a time when traffic was building very quickly leading into rush hour. I ended up on back roads in White plains and kept getting rerouted back and forth literally making a circle because the optimal route kept changing with the increasing traffic. That didn't get me to abandon Google maps, but did get me better used to limitations. A traffic naive route would obviously have kept me going straight on the interstate.
I've also been in situations where I've ignored Google maps telling me to get off the interstate and go on back roads and ended up stuck behind a road closure for 45 minutes.
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