Navigon Offers Full-Featured iPhone GPS Navigation for a Single Upfront Fee

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    German GPS firm Navigon has finally released MobileNavigator North America [App Store, $69.99 through August 15th and $99.99 thereafter], one of the first full-featured turn-by-turn GPS navigation applications for the iPhone. While several subscription-based GPS applications, including AT&T's own service have appeared since the release of iPhone OS 3.0, MobileNavigator represents the first full-featured GPS application bearing a single upfront cost to reach North America, beating out the much-anticipated hardware/software combination coming from TomTom. Navigon released a European version of MobileNavigator late last month.

    The new North American package contains maps for the United States (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and Canada from NAVTEQ. Features include:
    Navigon promises a free update coming soon to add such features as multiple-destination routing, additional view options, integration of points of interest entries with the iPhone's phone and address book features, and optimized volume control when using iPod functionality. Navigon has also released a video preview the new North American application.

    Article Link: Navigon Offers Full-Featured iPhone GPS Navigation for a Single Upfront Fee
  2. swb1192 macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Can't wait to see the reviews. The GPS on my iPhone 3G S doesn't seem accurate enough to use while driving.
  3. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    It's progress.

    Hopefully TomTom will follow suit. I am keeping my cash for TomTom's release though.
  4. dwman macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2007
    San Francisco
    This looks pretty sweet. If they hold true to their word about free updates, then this is a bargain at $70.
  5. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    I'd be curious to know how they're planning on handling map updates. If map updates are costly or too infrequent, it would be a negative for me.

    I love my Garmin but with only a two year old unit the cost of a map update is about the same as buying the same unit as a refurb from a reseller.
  6. urbanlung macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2004
    location location, location!
    oooo! UK Version?

    Will there be a UK or international version?
  7. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    How do I use it safely while I'm driving?

    My question isn't specific to this application, but to iPhone navigation apps in general.
  8. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
  9. optophobia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Hudson MA
    Country specific map material first for Europe, then "DACH" (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), UK (first step), BeNeLux, Nordics, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy (second step), later on: North America and then Australia.
  10. gathart macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    Just wondered: is it likely that there will be a big difference between this application and other navigation apps like TomTom. I use an old but reliable Tomtom in my car and i am pleased with it so i don't need on right now.
  11. nws0291 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    Have you tried it in other cars? Once mine locks on the sat it is very accurarte and quick with the direction of travel as well. Just as fast and accurate as the iDrive in my 650I.

    Do you possibly have metalic tint blocking the signal? I have ceramic tint and have no issues with cell or GPS signal in the car.
  12. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    If TomTom doesn't get their act together by August 15th then I'm going with Navigon.

    Interested to see what TomTom's response will be, both in terms of release date and pricing. If they would at least annouce the pricing of the TomTom app in advance, and if it beats this one, then I could justify waiting. I wonder if their strategy all along was to see how the pricing worked out with their competitiors so that they could undercut them.
  13. optophobia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Hudson MA
    Attach iphone to holder mounted on dashboard.
    plug in destination.
    Start car and move, following audio directions. Glance at iphone if directions are not clear.
    Eat chips in left hand while drinking a beer in the right hand, with a cigarette hanging from your lips ?
  14. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    will be interesting to see how well this works, given tomtom's implication at WWDC that the iphone hardware alone is not good enough.
  15. optophobia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Hudson MA
    TomTom Release date

    With this release and the special pricing, my guess is Tomtom is going to release their App on August 16th !!! :mad:
  16. imwoblin macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    Very coolio and it's a good start, but the download is hefty at 1.3GB and doesn't include Text-to-Speech? :eek:
  17. PharmD macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2005
    Oregon Coast
    Looks impressive but I'll wait for the Tom Tom app and comparison reviews before buying anything.
  18. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Thats wrong. Sygic (even though it sucks) always knew where i was. The directions it gave were horrible, but it always had me in the right place. The attachment for the TomTom is more for iPod owners, and MAYBE big city skyscraper iphone 3G customers.
  19. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    I think the bigger question on everyone's mind - or at least mine - is...

    Will TomTom release their version before August 15th?

    I should have pulled the trigger on G-Map when it was $19.99 a long time ago. Now that they've updated the product for current customers, then cranked it up to $34.99 (note that either price was for half of the US only), I've regretted not picking it up sooner.

    I can stomach Navigon's price of $69, but I'm a fan of TomTom's interface, but can't wait forever either, so I'm kinda in a toss-up.
  20. optophobia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Hudson MA
    They wouldn't just say this to make you buy one of their cradles would they...:eek:
  21. duncanapple macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    Am I the only one that thinks this is a bit of a rip off? Keep in mind they have zero hardware costs, zero packaging costs, zero manufacturing costs, and pretty much zero advertising costs. and who knows the quality of the antenna in the iphone for decent GPS reception. Plus you need to buy a mount to get the same use as a stand alone GPS unit. Before the mount, this costs $100 (assuming you dont buy right away)?! You can get a garmin stand alone for right around or less than that.

    Now, Im sure someone here will say "if you dont like it dont buy it." Given this is a forum for opinions, I will go ahead and give mine. I will def not be buying this at this price. Not from Garmin, TomTom, and certainly from a non household name like "Navigon."

    Bring the price to something like $30-$40 and I will consider it. Anything above that and I will stick the proven stand alone units, plus my iphones built in gmaps and gps chip for non turn by turn directions in a pinch.
  22. swb1192 macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    I've been in my friends' cars and even when they make a turn, the map shows that I am still going forward on that street... then it realizes that I turned so I "go through a few houses" and then it adjusts and goes back into the street.
  23. billchase2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 28, 2006
    Ann Arbor
    I love Navigon, but $70 is too much for me. I spent that much on my physical GPS unit that is running Navigon...
  24. ortuno2k macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2005
    Hollywood, FL
    Wow - it's quite large! Anyways - I don't see myself paying for this, or anything like it. I don't go to unknown places all that often to justify the expense. Not even Tom Tom's product is enticing to me, but I guess people who drive all over the place would benefit.
    Still - what shocks me most is the download size...ouch!
  25. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Where do you see that it doesn't include text-to-speech? I can't play the YouTube video here at work, so I'm curious.

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