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Old 12-28-2012, 11:53 AM   #1
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Waze App

A while back I posted that I'd downloaded "Waze", a free navigation, gas price, social media app and I thought I'd share some observations after using it this past week on a 1,000 mile Christmas trip.

Firstly, the navigation/traffic reports is the strong suit. Real-time reports such as disabled vehicles, police speed traps, construction, etc. are submitted by fellow "wazers" and proved to be pretty accurate and handy especially during the recent snowstorm. Alerts are shown on the screen, as well as spoken by a Siri-like voice. Submitting reports is easy using voice commands which I found helpful since I was traveling solo but you can enter them via screen taps and text, too.

The gas prices feature seemed a little lacking mainly because i don't think as many Wazers are submitting prices as traffic reports. Gas Buddy still seems to be the best for this. And the social media function allows to hook up with friends on Facebook to ride-share and the like but I don't know much about this since I don't use Facebook.

All in all I think it's very useful and will prove to be pretty popular. Standard disclaimer: I have no financial interest (though I wish I did!) nor was paid to write this review.

Happy New Year, everyone!


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Old 12-28-2012, 07:27 PM   #2
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Thanks for the report, egad! I'd be interested in seeing how fresh the speedtrap feature is in the notorious I-35 alley south of Ft. Worth. And I-90/94 between Rockford, IL, & St. Paul, MN. Still wouldn't push it in either location. Will have to check it out.

I am glad to see gasbuddy doing better with diesel prices too. Yep, one app fits all is how bloatware is born ... and loses favor.


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Old 12-28-2012, 09:16 PM   #3
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Yep, one app fits all is how bloatware is born ... and loses favor.
I would rather have three apps that do one thing each very well, than one app that tries to do three things and fails miserably.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:20 PM   #4
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I've been using Waze for 4 months now and I'd recommend it too. I travel a lot for my job and go to many different places in NY, PA, MN, MA and used it during my last AS trip. I live in CO and use it occasionally and it meets my needs. It works as advertised and was free to boot. I know some will comment on you get what you pay for, but it does what I need it to do. I'm cool with Waze!


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Old 12-29-2012, 08:16 PM   #5
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the only problem i have found with Waze is when you get in a dead Zone or low signal area the map will freeze up as it downloads more map as you move unlike a GPS which has the map stored in the onboard mem.

I use gasbuddy app for gas prices. Before we head out i will get on deck top and map out route before hand getting a idea of gas prices along the way.. When heading south from NC the Sams club in Florence SC is the lowest gas on the east coast most times. There are other places to stop if not a SC member that are cheap as well in the same area.
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