favorite turn by turn app?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Gix1k, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Gix1k macrumors 68030

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    I am having a good time with TomTom. I have not used any other one. I don't like it being a 2gb install, but I know why and understand. I hear Navigon is a nice one as well. Thoughts?
     
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    +1 for Tom Tom.
     
  4. emuyshondt macrumors member

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    I used TomTom Navigator 6 and Garmin Mobile XT when I had an AT&T Tilt. Now I have Navigon on my iPhone and really like it. They seem to be keeping one step ahead of TomTom in terms of features. The next version even has some 3D terrain representation which is pretty nice. Also, the Navigon traffic subscription is lifetime, with TomTom you pay yearly. Navigon also includes a safety camera database (pretty useful in Europe), there's a yearly fee with TomTom.

    I prefer Navigon, but you won't go wrong with either. TomTom is very good too.
     
  5. Gix1k thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I heard Navigon doesn't tell you to turn soon enough. Then it does not re-route you quickly.
     
  6. labman macrumors 604

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    honestly

    try MotionX GPS Drive it will only set you back 99 cents great bang for the buck. at least if you don't like it then it only set you back a buck. if you need more then that I would just get a regular gps device.
     
  7. OneMike macrumors 601

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    Another for TomTom. It works just like the regular TomTom units which I'm use to. Spot on directions, accurate, etc..
     
  8. emuyshondt macrumors member

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    Navigon is not any different than TomTom in terms of telling me when to turn. It reroutes very quickly on my iPhone 3GS. Usability for TomTom on my Tilt, a dedicated TomTom 340XL and Navigon is pretty similar in the area of notification and rerouting. Navigon also shows a pictorial representation of a highway exit, similar to the standalone TomTom. I'm not sure if that has been added to the TomTom iPhone application yet.

    I find Navigon a lot easier to use if I want to zoom in or out temporarily. The graphics are also a little more modern than the now dated TomTom app.

    MotionX is an off-board navigation application. The maps have to be download over your data connection as you go. If you're not in a 3G area then you will have a hard time with the maps. IT is not really comparable to TomTom or Navigon. It works, and it is probably OK for areas with good 3G, but even the built-in Google maps application sometimes has significant delays in downloading local streets. This is the main reason I went for an application that includes all the maps.
     
  9. labman macrumors 604

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    Agree but the TS post he didn't like the size of TomTom download others would be similar in size. that was the reason for recommending MotionX. Also again for 99 cents I think it might be worth a try! ;)
     
  10. ougum macrumors regular

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    I've got TomTom USA. Great nav app! I didn't know that TomTom for iPhone offered traffic subscriptions yet. I know they offer it with their stand-alone devices. Guess I'd better check.
     
  11. vertigo235 macrumors 6502

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    Navigon has been great for me. Can't offer an opinion on tomtom but based on what I've seen I can say I'm mt interested
     
  12. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    I know it isn't popular here, but I have been VERY satisfied by the updated AT&T app...it integrates perfectly with my Mercedes Benz factory iPod kit through the sound system and the traffic info and turn by turn voice prompts have been excellent for my use...people say it is too expensive at $10.00 per month but it works for mel...:)
     
  13. err404 macrumors 68020

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    Navigon has the best eye candy along with an impressive feature list. The app feels a bit bloated and the UI is significantly less responsive then the others. Only consider Navigon if you have a 3GS. They offer traffic for an additional fee. Navigon is by far the most aggressive in adding features and pushing the platform.

    TomTom is my favorite by a fair margin. It does the best job of getting out of the way and navigating me to my destination with little fuss. Route quality is excellent with IQ Routes. It also has the best manual road avoidance integration system. On the down side, it does not offer real time traffic yet.

    I found the directions in Motion X to be poor with multiple map errors and missing roads in my area. I have seen several instances of suggesting the wrong way on one-way roads and it even once suggest taking an off ramp to get onto a through-way.

    As for upgrade pricing on any of these apps, it's up in the air as to what will happen next year, but for all of these you shouldn't be forced to pay for an upgrade for continued functionality.
     
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  15. MagnumJoe macrumors regular

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    I've used both TomTom and Navigon and in my area at least Navigon has always been spot on. TomTom has been off track in the three or four test I've performed. TomTom, normally extends my destination as far as a mile. Has anyone else experience this as well? TomTom standalone may be better.
     
  16. kleinias macrumors regular

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    It might be helpful to note that MotionX does cache its mapping and turn by turn data. This means that (when you first start it up) it usually downloads the data you will need for the length of the trip. Of course you are also quite right to point out that since MotionX does not have on board maps, it's really quite different from Navigon or Tom Tom. MotionX is only 99 cents (for the first month) but if you go of course (or have to restart the app) in an area without a data connection, it will be unable to re-route you.
     

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