Navigon GPS or refurbished standalone unit?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by wowoah, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. wowoah macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2003
    Berkeley, CA
    Does anyone have experience with the Navigon iPhone app and how it compares to a standalone unit? I found a decent looking refurbished TomTom unit on Amazon for about the same price as the Navigon App, which I had intended to buy. But this morning I went on Engadget and saw that Navigon had updated its app to include text-to-speech for street names, which is THE killer feature for me, so now I'm torn.

    If anyone has any opinions on this, I'd appreciate them. Thanks!
  2. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    I have just played with the new Navigon App and can't really give it a review yet. I did use the older app last week. Even using a windshield mount, I had trouble a couple of weeks ago keeping the GPS in the iPhone. (I did not have any trouble in my Civic, but I did in a rented PT Cruiser. When I could actually get signals the GPS app worked good however.

    Unless you travel quite a bit and don't want to haul around more electronics (my situation) I would get the stand alone unit, as it should have a better GPS reception in "problem vehicles or areas." The extra screen size vs the iPhone is useful as well depending how close/far your windshield is.
  3. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    one device
    a music player
    a breakthrough internet device
    a gps

    one ring to rule them all


    (get navigon)
  4. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I like the one device aspect. As I travel a lot for work this is a huge benefit for me.

    As for GPS signal I have found that if you reset network settings the signal reception seems to be improved. As long as I keep it in view of the windshield my reception is great.

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