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 [TOPIC] AT&T Navigator for the iPhone - Testing

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paulkbiba Posted - 04 juil. 2009 : 18:27:00

Well, AT&T has released the first full navigation application for the iPhone in the States. It's by Telenav. The application is free, but to get full navigation you must pay a $9.99/month fee which will be added to your AT&T bill (actually $10.69 with tax). This not only entitles you to navigation, but to traffic as well. I signed up for a subscription and have taken a preliminary look at the program. My initial impression is that it is a nice program, but fairly primitive and lacking many features that we have come to expect on a PND. It gets the job done, but I would wait for TomTom to see what their application is like before I jumped to Telenav. The application was tested on my 3G, as I don't have the 3GS.

Above is the main screen and here is the Drive To screen:

You can also choose POIs:

You don't have to accept their POIs and you can search on line through their database. This worked very well for me when looking for some unusual places.

This is the map view, which is fairly "bare bones". It doesn't have much by way of topography and you can't use it in landscape view! That was really surprising to me. Here is the navigation view:

There are some problems with this view. Again, no landscape! Also no zoom in at the turns. They really should have put in a closeup view like every other application. Also look at the boxes that show the street names. They often appear very close to, or even over, the suggested turn and completely block your view of what to do. In the map view you can zoom in and out, but in the navigation view there is no zoom capability at all. There are no exit signs or lane guidance arrows like in more full featured applications.

There are some other problems. If you don't connect the iPhone to your car speakers then the volume is low and distorted and impossible to use. You must connect the iPhone to your car stereo. You can get a route callout, but there is no provision for avoidance of a street or of a distance ahead. I consider this a major defect. Here is the route callout, along with traffic info:

On the plus side the text to speech is excellent and pronounces road names and exit numbers. It's very easy to follow. Traffic is fairly seamless, but as with all other traffic I've tried it tells me there is traffic when there isn't, and that there isn't traffic when there is. The application is responsive and there is only a small bit of lag. Route calculation is fast, but recalculation is a bit slow and you might miss a turn while it is recalculating. Even though the maps are offboard I had no problems with them downloading. Everything was very fast. However, I was always in a 3G network and I don't know what would have happened if I was on Edge.

When you get a phone call the app closes and you take the call. When you hang up the app must re-start and recalculate the route again. It does this automatically, but I would hate to get a phone call when I was coming up on a turn. If you decline a call the application will return to navigation without restarting. If you want to make a call you hit the "home" button and when you finish your call you must manually restart the application, but Telenav will automatically continue where it left off. The inability of the iPhone to multi-task makes phone calling and real time navigation poor bedfellows. A Windows Mobile or Symbian phone is much better in this regard.

On the whole, I am not excited about the Telenav application and find it too primitive to be worth the almost $11/month cost, so I discontinued my subscription. Also, like any other GPS application on the iPhone that I've tried, you MUST have a car power connection because you will suck your battery down very fast. So far I'll stick with a PND or use Google Maps to get directions.
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bobpenn Posted - 21 août 2009 : 19:59:49
An update came out yesterday. They actually broke the app!!! Now, when you do any request for a route, it calculates the route, then crashes from the app. This happens 100% of the time with any method of routing (from contacts, from favorites, etc.). But, when you relaunch the app, it picks up where it left off and provides you the route.

Update : support told me to uninstall and reinstall. Did the trick. Posted too soon. It works fine
gpspassion Posted - 15 juil. 2009 : 02:15:29
Review linked from the portal and from the new [GUIDE] Road Navigation Software on the iPhone topic ;-)
gatorguy Posted - 11 juil. 2009 : 17:36:20
That's because it is the same Telenav app on the Sprint network, tho there might be some detail differences, not sure about that.
caryrae Posted - 11 juil. 2009 : 16:12:49
It really costs $11 a month. I had a Sprint phone before I got an iPhone 3GS and that navigator looks almost exactly the same as my Sprint phone and it came on the phone with no monthly charge to use.
gpspassion Posted - 05 juil. 2009 : 15:55:26
Thanks for the review, indeed, not very exciting, and the problematic phone call handling is the same as for Navigon MobileNavigator so that confirms it's due to the iPhone.

Hard to believe they passed on the landscape mode as that's an iPhone natural and looking at the map upright on 16/9 screen is not very natural.

Hopefully you will make it to NYC during your one-month subscription to see how it performs there, probably not well at all based on my testing in the less challenging center of Paris on Friday.

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