What are the benifits of CoPilot over Google maps/Waze?
I chose CoPilot several years ago after comparing several GPS apps. It's been a while so I don't really remember why I liked it better than Waze or any of the other apps I tried.
In a nutshell...
Pros: Google maps is fine, but...
Cons: It has a much higher dependence on being in an area where there is cellular service to work.
Pros: CoPilot doesn't need an active connection to work...All the maps are downloaded to the phone. It'll work fine when there is no service available. I also found it relatively simple to use.
Cons: it's POI search feature used to be powered by Google. A few years ago they switched to Yelp! Yelp! couldn't find it's own arse with both hands in its pants. Many CoPilot users are hoping that they'll go back to Google.
To be fair, Garmin's POI database is nothing to cheer about either and it's search function is painfully slow.
For me, I still prefer a dedicated GPS, but between my Garmin, my Copilot app, and Google Maps, one or the other gets me where I want to be. They're not mutually exclusive.
Also a warning. They can all screw up from time to time. That's why I like having multiple options.
Regarding paper maps...
I can use them. I can read a compass and topo maps, etc. too. But a paper map won't tell you where you are if you're lost. It won't tell you where the nearest gas station, police dept, etc. is. It's still wise to carry one, and I do.
But spending time, hundreds of miles from home, at night, on the roadside, lost, in a rainstorm, with a wet map on my lap and a flashlight in my teeth, the ability to orient myself with a map and compass loses it's shine.
Fun times like that are what prompted me to buy a GPS in the first place.
I got stories. 🙂