Various questions about the CoPilot GPS/navigation app for the Droid, especially importing POI files.
Garmin is no longer providing map updates for my 9-year-old but still perfectly functional StreetPilot III (grumble grumble), so it's time to get a new GPS receiver for street navigation, primarily for use in the US and Canada. I'm debating whether to get another standalone GPS unit, or a smartphone with GPS navigation. (I don't currently have a smartphone, and the ability to also use one as a GPS receiver would be the only thing that would justify its greater expense to me at this time.)
I was intrigued by the Droid when it came out (I'm happy with Verizon as my carrier, so no iPhone for me), but was initially put off when I found out the included Google Maps navigation required cell phone reception to work. Since I sometimes travel in areas without reception, that was a dealbreaker for me.
Now I see that the CoPilot Live
app is available for the Droid, which downloads maps onto the phone itself, so that cell phone reception isn't required for navigation.
So, my questions:
1. Any general feedback on CoPilot Live, particularly on Android devices, and even more particularly on the Droid? If you use it, or you've tried it, what do you think of it? Any drawbacks (especially missing features) compared to a standalone GPS unit?
2. In 9 years of using the StreetPilot, I've built up a set of nearly a thousand custom points of interest (POIs). (Actually called "waypoints" in the StreetPilot software, but "custom POIs" seems to be the preferred terminology now.) CoPilot Central
(the associated desktop software) can apparently upload custom POI files to CoPilot Live; how difficult is it to convert my Garmin waypoints (kept in a Garmin Mapsource file) to the proper format to upload to CoPilot Live?
3. The CoPilot Live User Guide notes
you can pick a category, or even create a new category, when adding a POI manually from the phone itself. Is it possible to assign categories to custom POIs when uploading them from a file via CoPilot Central? (There doesn't seem to be a user guide for CoPilot Central online.)