Offline maps

Map downloads

Wi-Fi recommended

Map screen

Night mode

Main menu

Route guidance

Worth the money

Work in progress

Destination options

2D view

Driving Safety view

One of Navfree's major selling points is that it stores its map data locally on your phone, so you won't need to connect to the Internet just to drive home. Custom voices and language packs can also be downloaded.
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Maps for all 50 states, plus Canada and Mexico, can be downloaded for free. A "Download All" option would be nice for cross-country road trips and wandering types.
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California's maps took up about 250MB, so I'd recommend you make sure the device is connected to Wi-Fi before plunging in with the download.
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Once under way, Navfree's map interface doesn't look dramatically different from that of a Garmin, TomTom, or Google Maps device.
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Night mode, accessible through the options menu, darkens the map to preserve your night vision when driving at night.
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Navfree's menu seems simple, but it's actually rather redundant. Many of the options visible here are also available in adjacent submenus.
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Route calculation was fast, as was recalculation while driving. There's an option to avoid certain road features, such as tolls, ferries, or highways.
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It's not the most fully featured navigation software available for Android, but it gets the job done in a manner that may be good enough for users with low data caps.
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Some of the features visible in the menus haven't fully baked, such as integration with your contacts list. This is free, open-source software, so we won't judge it too harshly for still being "under construction."
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When used on a device with an Internet connection, Navfree can initiate a Google Search for destinations. Otherwise, you're stuck with its limited local database and simple address entry.
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The map can be switched between 2D and 3D views. The app also can issue speed limit and safety camera warnings.
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If the mere sight of a moving map is too distracting, this Driving Safety view provides a simplified readout of the next turn, the direction, and the distance remaining.
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