Poll: Best web-based driving directions for i500

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    best web-based driving directions (non-gps)

    i recently bought my first pdaphone, the i500. i initially wanted to upgrade to something with GPS capability, but ultimately, i decided to keep things simple (and oh so compact

    i must say, i'm very happy i found this forum. you guys really have a passion for this device. and because i'm finding the documetation from sprint and samsung pretty poor for anything but the most basic features, this forum is that much more valuable.

    anyway, without gps, i'm left to find a good web based solution that i can use through my current browser (blazer). i'd prefer an application that could integrate with the addressbook for lookups and saving directions, but i've currently only tried one of these, and i'm not happy with it.

    Express Maps http://express.handmark.com/maps.php: not a bad interface, but directions seem to be based on old maps. a freeway near my house that was built a few years ago is not present in these maps.

    http://maps.google.com - great for desktop browser, but doesn't work with blazer, requires javascript

    http://maps.yahoo.com/dd/ - what i'm currently using, though disappointed that 'my locations' feature does not work because it requires javascript.

    http://www.mapquest.com/ - seems as good as yahoo, i haven't used it much.

    i'd like to hear your experience with various mapping/directions solutions.

    i'll try to add more solutions to the poll as they are posted.

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    Definitely mapquest to go! www.mapquest.com/pda/

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    didn't know they had that. definitely the best layout for the pda

    two features i'd really like to have are:

    * saved addresses (such as with maps.yahoo.com) since at least one of the points is likely to be a known entity

    * integration with addressbook. yes, this would only be available on a full fledged palm app, and palm app mappers tend to require huge map files that are never as up to date as those offered on websites, so i'd rather have accuracy than addressbook integration

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    i didn't realize that including a poll would result in the post getting sent to the siberia forum where nobody will see it

    anyway, i think i found what i'm looking for. didn't realize until now that the i500 supported palm PQAs. there's one called 'directory assistance' which looks up locations, integrates with the addressbook AND provides maps and directions (from mapquest).

    http://home.triad.rr.com/rlwhitt/palm/#da
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    You Rock!

    Thanks for that last post! It's increadible! The search could be better implemented, but besides that... perfect!
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