When comparing MapFactor vs Be-on-road (Offline Maps & Navigation), the Slant community recommends MapFactor for most people. In the question“What are the best GPS navigation apps for Android?” MapFactor is ranked 7th while Be-on-road (Offline Maps & Navigation) is ranked 10th.
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Pro Allows selecting fastest, shortest, or cheapest route
The app offers calculating route by shortest travel time, shortest travel distance or lowest gas cost.
Pro Can be used offline
From the app's settings at the bottom of the screen there's a section that allows downloading new and deleting no longer necessary maps. You can choose between free Open Street Maps or slightly more accurate and feature-rich TomTom maps. Downloading maps locally isgreat for situations when the signal is unreliable or when abroad, since you can use the app without having to consider roaming charges.
Pro Can be installed on an SD card
In addition to installing the app on the device's internal memory, MapFactor can also be installed on an external memory storage device such as an SD card.
Pro Clean, customizable UI
Pro Offers choice between using free Open Street Maps or paid TomTom maps
Pro Day and night switching
Pro 2D and 3D modes
Pro Turn-by-turn voice navigation is available in multiple languages
Pro Searches by address, POI, coordinates and via Google search (allows voice)
Pro Allows recording and replaying travel
MapFactor allows recording travel and replaying back the route later. It also allows exchanging recorded routes with other MapFactor users.
Pro Dedicated routing options for trucks
In truck mode, that requires paid TomTom maps, if you input vehicle's properties such as max speed, height, length, weight, weight per axle, etc, it will take those restrictions into consideration when planning a route.
Pro Has internet based live traffic option
Pro Display of speed and (current) speed limit
If exceeding the current speed limit by more than 10km/h, the current speed display turns red.
Pro Display of next speed limit change
When routing you can see the next speed limit traffic sign displayed, so you can better estimate when to release the right pedal to drive more efficiently.
Pro Easy to set up map data
It is easy to select for which country to download the maps initially.
Pro Navigation-orientated interface
Easy to select target(s), easy definition of home/work addresses, clear interface while navigating.
Pro Smooth update of the display while driving
Pro Good display of lanes to use
e.g. on Autobahn exits.
Con High battery use
Con Pinch to zoom needs calibrating
Con Lacks alternative routing options
Con Truck mode is not useful without paid TomTom maps
Con Needs quite some time to recalculate and select an alternative route
When intentionally driving a different than the suggested street, it tries a long time to get you back onto the initially suggested route though alternatives would be faster and shorter.
Con Speed limits often are incomplete or outdated
Con Outdated map data
Con Unclear what map data source is used
If it would use Open Street Map data, it would add the option to fix something, e.g. the speed limits, yourself.
Con No routing options
E.g. there is no option to configure average speed values to use for certain kind of streets.