Google Maps Navigator is the coolest GPS app we’ve seen to date. It’s not perfect. It’s still in beta, and it’s missing a lot of stuff. Don’t toss out your portable navigation device just yet. But it’s clear Google is raising the bar for voice-enabled, turn-by-turn GPS navigation. Granted, one service on one expensive phone on one carrier will not vaporize the entire PND market anytime soon. But it could certainly cause big trouble for TeleNav and Networks in Motion, if not Garmin and TomTom.

ser Interface and Searching For POIs
As is often the case with Internet services—and particularly with Google—the “Beta” tag is in full force here. That doesn’t excuse the app from any cons, since it’s publicly accessible and listed as a feature on Verizon’s Web site for the Droid. Still, its beta status is evident right from the start. The first time I booted up Google Navigation, the app said: “Do not manipulate this application while driving. Traffic is not real-time, and directions may be wrong, dangerous, prohibited, or involve ferries.” (Ferries?) Google Maps Navigator is officially an Android 2.0 app and not a Motorola Droid-specific app. But since the Droid is the only Android 2.0 phone, it only runs on the Droid for now.

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