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MapFactor GPS Navigation: A Navigation App for Android

In my long-running stint as a tech writer, I have tested a lot of navigation apps. But none of the apps were as enjoyable and as annoying as MapFactor GPS Navigation. Read on and I’ll explain why this is the case.

MapFactor GPS Navigation is a very easy to use GPS navigation app for Android. It works just as intended and provides quality navigation features. However, there are some design quirks that hinder the app from becoming truly amazing.

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The Good

MapFactor GPS Navigation works very fast. Apart from the initial installation, the app boots up in mere seconds.

The navigational features of this app are of very high quality. If you have this app on your smartphone, you will never get lost.

One of the best features of this app is the offline availability. All you need to do is download the maps you need, and you’re good to roll.

The Bad

One of the most annoying things about this app is the actual downloading of maps. I started the download in the evening, and it took me about 30 minutes to complete it. I tried again at midnight, thankfully the time to download was reduced to 10 minutes.

My Internet was working exactly the same at both times. Maybe servers on the developer’s side are not able to handle large downloads.

The interface is also very outdated and could use some makeover.

The Bottom Line

MapFactor GPS Navigation is one of best offline navigation apps for Android. It is a very reliable app that even works offline. I had no trouble at all navigating my city using it. I highly recommend you download the maps well before taking the trip.

Maybe it was a glitch on my side but downloads took a lot more time than I anticipated. If you can ignore the outdated design, MapFactor GPS Navigation is one of the best Android navigation apps around.

Installation

The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. It’s the standard procedure you’ve followed countless times. From the app page, click on install and the APK file will start downloading to your selected device.

MapFactor GPS Navigation goes straight to business when you boot it up from the notification tray. Here is when you can notice the bland design the app follows.

The app will give you the option of either downloading maps on your internal storage or external SD card. After you’ve selected the suitable storage, the app will take you to the quick setup screen.

Tap on the start navigator button to download maps of your choice. While the initial maps are of a very small size, they can take quite some time to download. The app also downloads additional map files to optimize the offline experience.

The Interface

While the interface is highly usable, it can still use an update. The black-and-white menu seemed a little depressing, at least to me. The buttons are located some distance apart from each other. The space between them makes accessing them very easy.

The main screen only shows a map. On the map, you will see the distance, time, and speed. Apart from that the whole screen is virtually free of clutter. I would’ve liked some additional options, but some people do prefer a clean map. There is also a menu button that can launch additional options.

The Map

The downloaded map is accurate and reliable. Apart from that there is nothing remarkable about the maps. The map also has colored terrains that can be useful for very few people. Others will see them as a hindrance.

Type in the address and it will take you to the location. There is nothing much to do on the map.

Of course, you can plot a route to your home, office, school on the map. It is a great way to access frequently visited places.

Using The App

MapFactor GPS Navigation works very smoothly. Tap on a location and the app will start the navigation process.

Alternatively you can search for an address, and the app will locate it for you.

Then activate the navigation to start your trip.

The app also offers turn by turn navigation. All these features are very standard, and MapFactor GPS Navigation does not offer anything new.

Overall the navigation experience of this app was very reliable and user-friendly.

Permissions

The app only wants to know your location. That is the only thing that will be given to the app. I think this is one of the safest and nonintrusive GPS navigation apps for Android.

Conclusion

MapFactor GPS Navigation is a solid navigation app. The user interface could use some upgrades. Apart from that little kink, MapFactor GPS Navigation works wonderfully.

However, if you’re already using another navigation app, it will be hard to justify the switch to this one.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this review, feel free to navigate them to the comments below.

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2 Comments

  1. My tablet not supported card for telefon and has not possibility for internet. Is it possible to use my tablet as GPS useing satelite with MapFactor GPS Navigation?

    Colorovo City Tab Lite 2.1(Android 4.2 7″)

    1. Hi There,
      You are going to need Internet access to get the app on your tablet in the first place. Can you at least your your tablet as a WiFi only device?

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