Mapkin

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    I have complained some about my iPhone because, in most ways, I preferred by Android, but here is an app that I really like.

    Mapkin is a GPS app that gives directions as if they were coming from a real person. Users of the app can share tips about landmarks or things to watch out for, such as speed traps, and the app gives turn by turn guidance that includes visual clues, using real-time traffic reports that warn me if I am coming up on a reported accident or traffic jam, often even telling me which lane it is in.

    It also uses a familiar tone, sometimes slightly sarcastic. For example, if I go past a turn, she might say something like, “Okay fine, we’ll go this way instead,” and then proceed to reroute me, avoiding the “recalculating...” nonsense that so many other GPS’s will give.

    When I nearly missed a turn and swerved suddenly to get in the right lane, she perceived that movement as if I had been cut off and took my side, saying, “I can’t believe that other driver cut you off like that.”

    Plus of course, the directions are very accurate. At the end, Mapkin might say that I’ve reached my destination a couple of buildings away from the actual destination, but it’s very close, and better than most. Everyone who was with my on the road trip we made around Maine and to Boston last week ended up downloading Mapkin.

    I have a Tom-Tom and a Garmin, and I liked the VZ Navigator that I used when I had an Android and used Verizon as my provider but I use US Cellular now, and had to find an alternative to VZ Navigator. I am pleased to find that I like Mapkin better.
     
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    Mapkin sounds like a fun app. We have a Garmin, that we put up with.

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    Yeah, I've got a Garmin too. I prefer the Garmin to the Tom-Tom but Mapkin is better. More personable anyhow.
     
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    I have gotten tired of the lady's voice and would like another choice, but I don't know how to change it.
     
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    Thanks, Ken. Sounds like something I need. It's an iphone app?

    Never mind, went back and reread what you said.

    Just got it and was reading reviews....a few have problems with sound going out. Have you had any problems?
     
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    I changed mine years ago, shortly after buying my Garmin. I know it wasn't difficult but I don't remember. However, here is how Garmin says to do it.
     
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    Yes, I believe it's free too. If there was a charge, it was minimal.
     
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    It was free.

    Here are some of the reviews

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    I'll have to go somewhere and try it out. I've had the voice problem with my other iphone gps app I use, so will see.

    When the app appeared on my iphone it's called mapquest but looks like a different mapquest that I already have. Looks different also.

    It seems more detailed with all sorts of information even the temperature outside right now.

    I think I'm going to like it! :)

    Knowing where traffic might be is an important feature for me.
     
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    Those reviews certainly haven't been my experience. It does reroute, by the way, it simply doesn't say, "rerouting" as it does it.
     
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    Thanks, @Ken Anderson for that info. I was able to go my device and change the voice from American Jill, to American Jack.;) (updating my maps as well)
     
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    Well, I enjoy getting involved, but shan't this time, as I don't know what anyone is talking about........o_O
     
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    I was just changing the voice on our gps to a man's voice, with Ken's help.
     
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    Yeah, I did the same. Who could trust directions given by a woman? ;)
     
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    ....Right!
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    Mapkin sounds really funny and fun. The GPS function I hate is when you go 5 miles over the speed limit, it starts dinging. I am a lead foot from way back, which is not a good thing to be, but old habits die hard, and some speed limits are ridiculously low in my opinion. Anyway, I am glad the 5 miles over thing, is an option that can be taken off!
     
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    That was actually one of the few things that I liked about my Tom-Tom. Pretty much every speeding ticket I have ever received was because I didn't realize how fast I was driving. I used to use my Tom-Tom even when I knew where I was going for that reason. What I hated was that it took Tom-Tom almost a year to figure out that Maine had raised its speed limits on the Interstate from 55 to 75 so that darned thing wouldn't shut up despite the fact that I wasn't speeding.
     
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    Unfortunately, they discontinued Mapkin.
     
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