Ndrive 11 is a navigation that has a version for Android phones. I have reviewed version 10 already, and version 11 is not new either. However, It was not available for Lithuania in android market until recently. Although there are maps for East European countries including Lithuania, Baltic countries were excluded for available country list in Android Market.
Ndrive 10 was free program, and maps were purchased through its website. This is what made program available in some countries. This is different in version 11: You purchase region based versions through Android Market (pricing is about the same). This effectively disables older version of Ndrive on your PC and might make the maps you purchased prior upgrade unusable.
The application itself has a faster feel than older version. Its interface is slicker, although many of the functions remained the same.The biggest Ndrive 11 upgrade is integration of Facebook and Foursquare check-ins. However, it is done through browser only and requires separate logins.
What I like about Ndrive most is their Point of interests database. It is huge in Lithuania, and even bigger in Portugal where application originates from. You will have no problems in finding lodging, eating places or interesting objects.
I also like its speed limit notification, even if you cannot trust it everytime. Speed limits change, and Ndrive cannot keep up with the changes.
Although I haven’t used Ndrive 11 that much yet, there are couple issues that should be addressed. First, It lacks pinch-zoom in navigation mode. This is required to get overview of the general area and find an alternative to the route it suggests. Such feature is necessary if one sees road blocks.
Secondly, Ndrive handles speed limits incorrectly. If you drive faster than speed limit, Ndrive will show that speed limit till you drop bellow it even if you drive out of that road span and speed limit changes. This might cause some problems.
Thirdly, the trap database is far from full. There are majority of traps added, but Ndrive warns of traps pointing to your direction only. However, some traps can test your speed both ways, and some trap entries have incorrect pointing directions.
Overall NDrive remains good alternative for navigation programs as long as Google navigation is unavailable. It could become somewhat better though.

Categories: Reviews

Giedrius Majauskas

I am a internet company owner and project manager living at Lithuania. I am interested in computer security, health and technology topics.


Kuwait · November 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Worst service,
Software will not update and service will not help. Asked for money back and they never returned my email. Tells you to make a right but display shows make a left.

    Giedrius Majauskas · November 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I solved it recently by completely removing it (with data dir as well) and then re-installed. After that it started to work.

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