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 [GUIDE] Road Navigation Software on the iPhone

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gpspassion Posted - 15 juil. 2009 : 01:31:55
UPDATED 20100313
Ever since the iPhone 3G with a built-in Globallocate Hammerhead II chipset came out a year ago, we'd been waiting for a full GPS Assisted Navigation solution for the iPhone. With its bright and wide screen and graphics performance, it seemed like an ideal platform.

Hot on the heels of the announcement at long last of "Full GPS Assisted Navigation" for the iPhone at the Apple WWDC 2009 show in early June with TomTom, other editors have been releasing navigation software...while TomTom Navigator remains unavailable. No word on what is causing the delay, but chances are the "Active Mount" (Power, loudspeakers, GPS receiver) is proving difficult to produce. Anyway let's see what is available as of today, "on-board" (maps stored on the iphone" and "off-board" (maps streamed from a server) wise. The first "on board" package was Navigon in Europe with Navigon for iPhone and the US just got the "Lite" version. Next came Sygic Mobile Maps in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, reviewed by forum member "way". Moving on to "off-board" applications, we have AT&T Navigator that was reviewed by Paul and Gokivo reviewed by forum member JohnR (review links below).

Overall, none of us were very impressed by the iPhone as a dedicated navigation system, either because of the feature set, lack of traffic information on the "off-board" applications, or the way they are implemented, recalculation is often slow. This could be fixed over time, but of higher concern are the limitations due to the iPhone platform, navigation exits when you make a call, fast battery drain, and possibly GPS performance as I found with Navigon in the center of Paris that the map lagged severely after a turn. You can use the topics linked below to discuss each application or use this guide for general questions and comparisons.

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em850 Posted - 21 oct. 2010 : 09:38:26

I have tried a few gps apps including copilot but nothing beats
wcities included in the navmans.It basically plays the role of a city
guide. I think Mio has the best gps software and map updates which are perfect for remote travelling around Europe.:)
gpspassion Posted - 13 oct. 2010 : 03:20:14
Not really road navigation, but iNomad does a terrific job for impromptu route planning on the go : http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=138006 ;-)
gpspassion Posted - 12 mars 2010 : 20:19:25
Destinator 9 now available. 5 Full Licences (a $79 value) available for GpsPasSion Members, details here : http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=133866 ;-)
gpspassion Posted - 16 nov. 2009 : 22:42:50
Magellan Roadmate for iPhone added : http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=131150
gpspassion Posted - 30 oct. 2009 : 14:39:57
Thanks, I'll update the list in the first message and link to your ndrive review -> http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=130721 ;-)
kyteflyer Posted - 11 oct. 2009 : 02:36:57
Then there's Copilot and NDrive now, too. Bought the Aussie version of NDrive last night... very disappointing, but all updates are supposed to be free, lets see how it improves. I think, in the end, its about the map provider. In AU, the apps which use local map provider, Sensis, are more well featured than those using Navteq which seems to lack essential info which it has for North America and Europe for example.

Co-Pilot Live for Australasia is a very hefty $119aud and no matter who good it might seem to be, I won't be going there.
gpspassion Posted - 29 sept. 2009 : 22:33:07
New off-board solution available, MotionX-Drive : http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=130212
gpspassion Posted - 03 sept. 2009 : 00:26:20
The TomTom iPhone car mount has been leaked on the FCC's site and it's been given its own topic in the forums as Apple apparently required that TomTom allow it to work with all GPS enabled applications for the iPhone...-> http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=129583
gpspassion Posted - 27 août 2009 : 01:03:40
It's the classic iPhone problem really, sometimes it "stalls" for no apparent reason, probably a RAM issue, then it gets going again.
Enrique Muyshondt Posted - 26 août 2009 : 14:15:17
Are the street names in TomTom maps depicted any different than for their AIO units or Windows Mobile?

I'm looking forward to your review. I'll be getting one of these applications soon. I'd also like to hear your impression of the UI. Another thread mentions long delays when pressing keys on Navigon. Do you feel it really affects use or is it jut a matter of getting used to it?
gpspassion Posted - 25 août 2009 : 18:25:29
Actually I'll be working on a full comparison once I've been able to use CoPilot, a test version is on its way to me.

So far the iPhone application I prefer is Navigon, it's got the best overall map rendering, perfect on the road and a little less in town where you have to rely on the pictogram or switch to 2D. iGo's map rendering is "odd", too "vertical" I find, as TomTom's to some extent. The TomTom map is hard to read with street names all over the place. iGo does have "lane guidance" yes and I've seen it kick in on motorways for most intersections. Navigon has the "road sign" view in portrait mode but "lane guidance" (yet ?).
Enrique Muyshondt Posted - 25 août 2009 : 03:31:38
Can anybody compare TomTom with iGo on the iPhone? I would like to get one of these two (or possibly Garmin, if it produces an iPhone app) for my iPhone. I've been using TomTom 6 and Garmin Mobile XT on a Windows Mobile phone and both were OK for me. I slightly prefer the TomTom interface on that platform. I've heard good things about iGo in general, but have never even seen it in person. One requirement for whatever app I choose is that it must have both US and European version available.

Is the iGo building depiction really worthwhile or is it only available in a limited number of places? It looks nice in their ads, but I'm not sure how much data there really is available when you drive around.

I also like the lane guidance that is depicted for iGo. I like that feature in my TomTom 340S, but I don't think it is available in the iPhone version. Again, I'd like to know if it is available for most highway intersetctions or just a selected few.
gpspassion Posted - 17 août 2009 : 16:42:04
TomTom for iPhone added to the list, it has its topic here : http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=129135
way Posted - 11 août 2009 : 23:31:57
Here is a link to a high level feature/function chart of the various navigation packages on the iPhone. This is more of a tabular comparison rather than a source of objective or qualitative review, but might be handy anyway.
gpspassion Posted - 06 août 2009 : 02:11:35
iGO My way 2009 now available -> http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=128736

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