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Hugh Grest Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Hi Everyone,
I just got an +iPhone 4+ and was wondering what would be the *best GPS navigation app* to purchase from the app store?

I want software with the maps pre-loaded.
I am mainly picking between the Tomtom app and the *NavetQ Navigon* app; _which one would you choose and why?_
Also how is *Co-pilate navigation?*

Your help is appreciated!

15" MacBook Pro 2010, iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Intel Core i7, 128GB SSD, 512MB Nvidia GT330M, 4GB RAM, 1440x900 Glossy Backlight LED Widescreen
  • harv55 Level 3 Level 3 (600 points)
    I recently went through this decision process and the TomTom prevailed. I made this choice primarily because TomTom has more map coverage and the TomTom car kit. However, there isn't a model of the car kit for the iPhone 4 yet, but hopefully one will be released soon.

    Another factor was that TomTom was recently on sale for $39.99 in the app store, I'm not sure if this is still the case.

    I have used the TomTom app to reach several destinations that were "off the beaten path" and it delivered me accurately each time.

    TomTom also has a $19.99 per year subscription for TomTom traffic, which provides real-time updates on traffic and road conditions...for example road closures, accidents, and construction and it will route you accordingly. You can visually see where the slowdown is at and how long it will take to get through.
  • Hugh Grest Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I ended up Purchasing Tom Tom.

    Though it was the most expensive, it seemed to be the most reliable and advanced - it also guaranteed and update to the latest version once it was released.
    Since i was only going to purchase navigation software once, I decided to purchase the best which "ironically" is the most expensive
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,535 points)
    I use Tomtom as well, and have had no issue.
  • Injector Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    I use Navigon and have no problems with it. Haven't tried Tom Tom but avoid Co Pilot like the plague! The routings that thing picks are disastrous!
  • RevGilliam Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I also use Navigon and love it. I talked to them at MacWorld and they are great to deal with. I tried several GPS programs that did not load to the phone and hated them. Navigon is worth every penny and I use it all the time. You won't regret spending the money. My Garmin is now just taking up space in my glovebox.
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,755 points)
    TomTom does NOT show your elevation! (as ALL other Nav systems do).

    NavetQ Navigon does, many find that knowing you're elevation is very useful.

    Although I have found that dedicated navigation systems like Garmin are superior.
  • jeffkinn_uk Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    Does the Tomtom app download the maps to the phone so that you can use it even if the network signal is weak or not there at all?
  • benoitgl2000 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    I have both Tom Tom and Navigon and Navigon wins hands down (if you have a 3GS or a 4). Graphics, maps, UI, colors, functions, Navigon is far superior than TomTom.
  • jdoolitt Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    I picked up the Navigon regional (West coast US) for $15 on sale a few months ago. Really like the fact that it preloads maps onto your iPhone (you don't need a connection for it to work). As a long time Garmin user, I wanted voice directions, and something that did re-routing on the fly quickly. Between TomTom and Navigon, I think the features are pretty similar.. so for me, it came down to best price at the time I was buying. Anyway - couldn't be happier with my purchase. It turned my iPhone into a personal nav device, as advertised. One thing to note -- because it loads the maps onto your iPhone, it takes a load of storage space. In my case (US West Coast Maps) - that means about 1.5GB.

    Something else to consider is that turn by turn mapping / nav programs are notorious battery eaters. You will definitely want an in-vehicle charger for when you are using these apps... They eat the iPhone battery life quickly.
  • tomjtx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I also have the Navigon and find it superior to the TomTom.

    Magellan make a car kit compatible with TomTom, Navigon and almost all other nav programs.
    The Magellan kit DOES hold the Iphone4. It has an adjustable cradle that will fit the IP4 perfectly.
    The kit has a bluetooth speakerphone for the nav voice and for phone calls. It also charges the phone.

    There is no need to wait for the TomTom car kit.

    I find the Navigon to be at least the equal to any stand alone nav units. Navigon also has traffic updates.

    Message was edited by: tomjtx
  • jeffkinn_uk Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    Is tomtom the only sat nav app that downloads maps to the Iphone itself?
  • tomjtx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Navigon downloads maps
  • foxcub 6 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    As I had already had a Garmin uk I didn't want to spend a load of cash and wasn't going to bother . However I saw N Drive uk for £4.99 and went for it it works just fine though it would loose sat conection in built up areas I don't know of this is the I phone 3GS or what but I bought the Tom Tom car cradle and now it's perfect . The Tom Tom car cradle is very good but I do fund the speaker for the phone is pretty poor and u can't get it to come through the car speakers though the music will play through the car speakers I downloaded skype for a laugh and was very in pressed with the clarity and that comes through the cat radio via the audio in
  • tomjtx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    the magellan cradle also has it's own GPS receiver so the signal won't be lost.

    For IP4 owners the Magellan fits out of the box so that's it's advantage there.
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