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Posted - 25 sept. 2011 :  20:14:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[ed]I'm a new iphone owner, and need a navigation app, so I'm deciding between the two.

Garmin Streetpilot Onboard: It's $39.99 for the USA version, and $19.99 for an annual traffic subscription. Downloads maps to your device so you don't have to worry about a signal.

Garmin Streepilot On Demand: $0.99, then $2.99/month.

TomTom USA: $34.99 for USA version, plus $17.99/yr for traffic. Downloads maps to your device.

So here are my open questions:
- Do you get free map updates with these apps? (I assume yes for Garmin on-demand, but don't know about the other two)
- Do any of these let you do an internet search for POI's (e.g, google) rather than only searching their POI database?
- Can you just enter an "address city state" all on one line, or must you go through an old-fashioned entry process (like the typical handheld nav unit) of select a state, press enter, select a city, press enter, select a street, press enter, etc...
- Do any of them support voice recognition for entering addresses? (I'm spoiled from having used navigation on an android device)

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Enrique Muyshondt

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Posted - 28 sept. 2011 :  00:07:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use Navigon both in the US and in Europe. Maps have been upgraded for free when new versions of the software come out. I had TomTom on my Windows Mobile phone, but Navigon came out first on the iPhone. They've managed to stay one step ahead of TomTom in terms of features and user interface. Having said that, they are very close to each other. I like the look of Navigon better, but TomTom would do a pretty similar job, in terms of guiding me to my destination. I also tried Garmin on my Windows Mobile phone a couple of years ago, but they were several steps behind TomTom back then. Between Garmin and TomTom, I'd go for TomTom, but really all three (Garmin, Navigon and TomTom) are decent navigation tools.

I would only consider solutions with onboard maps. I do not like to depend on a good data connection, because I might not have it when I need maps the most. Besides, by the time you pay the monthly charge for a year, you could have had an onboard solution. I also travel a lot to Europe and I prefer to have the same user interface in both regions. An off-board solution is unacceptable because of the outrageous roaming charges from all carriers and because a good 3G connection is sometimes more difficult to find once you are away from major cities and highways.

There is a Google button in the POI section of Navigon that lets you do a Google Local Search, so yes, you can go straight into the internet to find POIs.

When entering an address, you start typing in the city. When it is listed below the entry field you can just tap it (or keep typing out the name) and start entering the street. Same thing happens, the streets are automatically listed as you type and when you see the one you like you just tap it and get on with entering the number. it isn't more time consuming than than entering the information in a different order.

Navigon doesn't have voice recognition at this time.
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Posted - 29 sept. 2011 :  21:20:46  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes there's a lot to say for apps that offer global coverage so that you don't waste any time when you change countries. TomTom, Navigon and CoPilot have that "covered" but not Garmin. Hopefully they're working on it.

Between TomTom and Garmin I'd say it depends on what type of driving you do. Navigon is excellent for long trips with its display of time/distance to next stop and final destination, panorama view (terrain) and TomTom does a better job for guidance in town with its fast zooming in and out and more efficient map representation, even if some deride its "cartoonish" appearance.

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Posted - 09 oct. 2011 :  04:14:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another reason I like Navigon is that it supports the full resolution of the iPad. I carry my iPad almost everywhere I go and I like being able to use its large screen. TomTom is still an iPhone app and can at best run in 2X mode. This is one of the little things where Navigon seems to stay one step or two ahead of TomTom.

Edited by - Enrique Muyshondt on 09 oct. 2011 04:15:15
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Posted - 12 oct. 2011 :  22:30:00  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That should soon be fixed according to what they said and showed at the IFA a few weeks ago. Having said that, GPS assisted navigation on the iPad is an acquired taste and does require a solid setup ;-)

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Enrique Muyshondt

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Posted - 18 oct. 2011 :  14:01:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with the "acquired taste" comment. I use my iPad a lot, especially since my iPhone started having a problem locking to the GPS satellites (must have dropped it one too many times - time for a new phone!). I also use it for navigation in my plane, where I need to be able to see a lot more detail. I still prefer my iPhone in a car. I usually need navigation only when I rent a car on my frequent business trips. The iPhone is much easier to mount/hold in an out of the way position. If all you're looking at is the road you are on and some icons that show what your next maneuver is, you really don't need a large screen. A large screen actually gets in the way.

However, my iPad is a good backup and when I do use it, or have a passenger help with navigation, it is nice to be able to get the full resolution of the screen. It also makes it possible to set down the iPad farther away and still be able to see the map it is showing.
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