A recent visit to the HERE maps HQ in Berkeley, California reminded me just how awesome this in vehicle navigation experience really is. Best of all HERE maps functions equally well completely offline… and did I mention that HERE mobile is free?
Since I travel a fair bit I often find myself using my mobile without my data enabled and only over WiFi in order to not incur heavy data roaming charges. This is where HERE maps in offline mode shines. HERE functions amazingly well in offline mode simply by downloading the base maps that are required (I have a bid MicroSD card in my Android mobile so space and file size is no issue). Note, in order to setup and connect HERE maps initially you will require a data connection to link to your HERE account – having an account enables the HERE maps service to retain a record of your favorite places and more. Data connection (or WiFi) is also required in order to download data sets for offline maps and navigation. You will also need to setup your account with a voice package, which can be downloaded over WiFi, in order to have voice guided navigation and directions that are spoken to you while in the vehicle – ALWAYS stay safe and be hands free! A number of language packs are available