Sat nav versus smartphone – which is better?
Smartphones are great – very few people would argue with that. But being a jack of all trades might mean some features aren’t executed as well as they could be. Ultimately, it’s down to user preference, but there are some distinct pros and cons to both.
Most of us with a smartphone will carry it around with us all the time (lest we miss something vital on our social media feeds) which means no-one has to remember to pack it for a journey. It’s also a breeze to download up to date maps and directions as and when needed on a smartphone, so they can save the cost of buying and updating a standalone sat nav.
However, as anyone who knows the frustration of being cut off mid-sentence, mobile connections can be patchy – especially roaming around anywhere rural. And here lies one of the major drawbacks to relying on smartphones for directions. Phones are slaves to the mobile network and it could let you down just when it’s needed most. They’re also slaves to their battery – you never know when that could run out too, especially if you forget your trusty charger.
Another not-so-smart thing about smartphones used as sat navs is that they’re small in comparison (depending on the phone obviously) which can make it difficult to follow when it’s stuck to the dashboard. Not only do sat nav screens tend to be larger, but text and buttons are better formatted and designed to aid navigating whilst driving, rather than simply making you squint.
And if using a smartphone as a sat nav then make sure destinations are pre-programmed and that the phone is securely fitted. The laws on using a mobile phone whilst driving have been tightened and anyone caught using their phone while driving, could end up with six penalty points on their licence and a fine of £200.