Navigon vs Tomtom vs Garmin on IPhone 4S

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by globality, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. globality macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010

    Can anyone suggest a navgation app among these three?

    I know it has been discussed a lot but since iPhone 4S is out I hope that someone already used them on 4S. I do not want to buy all of them and there is no way to try it out so your opinion is sincerely appreciated.

    My requirement:
    1) Offline map, speak street names (I assume all 3 have them)?
    2) Good GPS signal. I know it is related to hardware but somehow I heared that Tomtom GPS singal is worse than Navigon on iPhone 3GS without their car kit? I think iPhone 4S should be better?
    3) Route: My garmin GPS almost alwasys give me best route that I would like to follow. Not sure if any the routes given by them are equal?
    4) Lane guidance And better say "Keep left/right" etc.
    5) Battery drain is not a problem as I use charger all the time in the car.
    6) Poi is important but I can live without it
    7) Traffic not sure never used that before.

    I know there are other free options such as Waze and Mapquest. Believe me I tried and am not impressed. I want something stable. I actually like Telenav but again I prefer offline map.

  2. LouieSamman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I use Navigon and it served me well without problems. when it comes to GPS tracking
  3. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
  4. globality thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Thanks does Navigon have lane guidance and say keep left/right?
  5. Uln4321 macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2011
    I think Garmin has the nicest interface!! I have it and have never had any problems!

    Edit: But Navigon just announced this new interface which I really like!
  6. RotaryP7 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2011
    Miami, FL
    MotionX GPS Drive not an option? It does do offline maps. So it works w/o any GPS signal or data.

    IMO, best GPS app on the iPhone. It's only $20 a year. :cool:
  7. globality thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Sounds promising. I have been using Garmin GPS unit for many years so interface wise I should have no problem. I was having a Windows Mobile phone and Garmin Mobile XT does not speak street name. This should not be an issue for Garmin iPhone version?
  8. Uln4321 macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2011
    Yup it will say the street names! I used to have a Garmin GPS last year and the iphone app works alot better than even that!
  9. kvizzel macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
  10. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    Yes. Also Navigon is universal so may come in handy on the iPad 3G if needed.
  11. globality thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Thanks to all and it looks like Navigon Has most votes now. Really wish I can give them a try one by one to make sure they fit my taste. But I guess I will start with the cheapest one Navigon my Region and if I like it then all set. Otherwise try Garmin. Tomtom seems to be most expensive among three.


    Thanks. Will check this out as well.
  12. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    If you're not in a hurry I would wait for a sale, especially for Navigon. I think I purchased the Navigon USA for ~$25. Since Thanksgiving is coming up, it may go on sale for black Friday.
  13. Aaron1021 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I use Navigon on my 4. "Navigate from maps" is one of my favorite tweaks!
  14. GoldMan macrumors member


    May 4, 2009
  15. cole01 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2008
    Currently use TomTom but may try Navigon after reading this thread! :apple:
  16. f34r macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2009
    I use TomTom not really had any reason to change it. It had a lot of bugs to begin with but it's had a lot of updates and usually gets the new maps for free when they update the software.
  17. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    Is there a difference in the accuracy of the traffic features between TomTom and Navigon? That's a pretty important part of this for me.
  18. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
  19. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    $59.95 for Navigon North America?

    Why isn't the "free" Google alternative made available for the iPhone? There are other free Google apps available for use on the iPhone...
  20. AJsAWiz, Oct 20, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2011

    AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
    The Nav system in my 2011 Terrain, with the latest map update avaliable, uses Tom Tom and I think it sucks big time. There are many locations that I can't access with TomTom that the Garmin (portable device) and Navigon (on my iPhone) find with ease.

    Oh, Navigon gets 5 stars and a big thumbs up from me!

    To the OP: Navigon works great for me on my iPhone 3GS and I don't have a car kit.
  21. jokemjokester macrumors member


    Jan 12, 2009
    New to using GPS on my iphone. Does anyone have a broad estimate of how much data it uses?
  22. cruisencode macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Did you also read that Navigon will charge for the map update?

  23. TSX macrumors 68030


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tomtom here they usually have it on sale every once in a while.

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