Very true on all points. I think I'd still have to make the decision towards Navigon if choosing today (but I bought way back in early July).It's been very fluid. What's best today may not be in a couple months. There are also a lot of price points for value with other apps. Depends what you want.
If you had $110 burning a hole in your pocket today, I'd pick up Navigon w/ traffic.
Well, as for other price points one shouldn't overlook CoPilot Live at $35. CoPilot has near feature parity with both TomTom and Navigon and has gotten frequent updates both for its maps and the application in general. It has built-in map data (does not require live network connections), text-to-speech directions, full iPod integration, points of interest, full address book integration, route preview, route lists, live weather, walking mode, and very nice map graphics (IMO)....Other price points are mostly assuming you don't need access to the maps over an active data/internet connection. If you don't need the maps on the iPhone, then the lower price points are really attractive...
Some areas are out of date or incomplete, but I submitted two corrections through CoPilot's MapSure program and both were fixed in the next monthly map update (one change added a fairly new housing complex that had dozens of homes and probably five or six side streets, so it wasn't a minor change, they remapped a pretty big area and all I had to tell them was that street x now connected to street y in a new housing complex). Further, in my experience the CoPilot routing works pretty well and it re-routes in a flash (literally within a second or two).CoPilot's maps seem to be 5 to 10 years old. They are horribly outdated in my area. Also its routing is horrible regardless of how you tweak your routing profile.
JEEEZZZ you have a lot of GPS apps !! That's a lot of cash,....or is it? Hmm?I've reviewed a bunch of them.
I long favored G-Map for its value and interface, but something has gone wrong with the latest versions. I'm going to hang back on that for a bit and see if they work things out.
NAVIGON is nice and probably the best out right now. I have some significant issues with it however. I don't like that the map isn't interactive, particularly now with the traffic icons. I also don't like I can't get a route itinerary. I also don't like the short notice it tends to give me on surface streets. Way too often it decides to share with me what direction to turn when I'm in the wrong lane with heavy traffic. U-turns get old. I seem to find myself most frustrated using NAVIGON when I'm in unfamiliar locations. The new traffic though is looking nice.
I like TomTom, but it needs more features. Everyone hates on TomTom, but I think they have a quality product and are just late to the party. I think they'll get there. It's been a bit since I used it, so I'll get re-familiarized with the 1.2 update. I recall I liked the navigation and in-route options. I generally liked the the interface. Sound quality was good with excellent voices.
Co-Pilot is nice. The TTS needs work. The menus are a mess. Lots of features and some nice customization in there. The monthly map updates are warm-fuzzy cool. Probably my pick now on the cheaper ones.
XMotion GPS Drive is nice and cheap for basic graphic guidance. Not worth it though if you want voice guidance via subscription. I'm not a fan of OTA maps.
AT&T's app OK except for the large monthly fee and OTA maps. I remember the voice being soft and not that clear, but good nav.
I'm going to look at NDrive and Magellan in the coming weeks. Just did Navigon 1.3 and will do TomTom 1.2 next. I'm also looking at the TomTom car kit. It's nice except for the iPhone case issue. Interested in the Magellan for that reason.
All that fun stuff and more is at the link in my sig.