Recommend navigation for iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by michelle70, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. michelle70 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    Please recommend navigation for iPhone!!

    I live in NewYork and I often go NewJersey, Virginia and Florida.

    Thank you for reading this.:cool::p:):eek:
  2. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    Navigon (no data connection needed) or Mapquest4mobile (free)
  3. zOdeac macrumors member

    May 15, 2011
    Ill agree was he best $54 i have ever spent. Tried about 4 others and i have come back to this one its simple to use once you learn the interface.
  4. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I don't really have a recommendation since I just use my Garmin GPS but make sure you download an app that already has the maps because otherwise, you'll be downloading the maps from the internet and it will eat through your data (which will cause problems especially if you are NOT on an unlimited plan).
  5. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    ANother vote for Navigon. By far the best Navigation application and well worth every penny. Have been using it flawlessly every since launch in summer of 2009.
  6. Krevnik, Jun 12, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011

    Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    It's a Pandora's box you just opened buddy. My general snippets of impressions distilled down to stereotypes from using pretty much all the major apps in the market.

    The common things are: Routing is about on par across the board these days. Most support Google local search in the app itself. TTS is getting very common as well.

    MotionX - Cheap (subscription based). Gets the job done. Depends on a data connection to route. Can cache some tiles that you pick, which can help, but it sucks down time. UX is a bit busy in some areas, making it feel crowded when it really isn't.

    Garmin - One time cost. Depends on a data connection to route, uses Navteq data. It's pretty much the Garmin UX you expect, but designed around cell phones that have a data connection. Will cache the tiles needed for the route, but you need data to create a new route.

    TomTom - One time cost (Traffic is a subscription). Most consistent and polished UX of the bunch, IMO. Wide feature set aimed at letting you fine-tune routing is nice and has good map browsing, but lacks the ability to do waypoint navigation (only supports 1 destination and a via).

    Navigon - One time cost. UX is a bit rough, but uses Navteq maps and has a large feature set. Additional features aren't subscriptions, which means you can get what you want for a fixed price. Weather, Traffic, and advanced map data are available as extra.

    Magellan - One time cost. Navteq data. Free Traffic. New 2.0 UX fixes a lot of issues it had before, and now has one of the most robust 'navigate to contact' options out there. Minimal feature set compared to the others, but what it does do, it has learned to do well with a decent map view UI. Can be crowded in landscape though.

    In my own experience, TomTom comes in first, but I'm just as picky about my UX as I am the feature set. The most annoying thing is the map data is outdated right on my street (Microsoft has been doing major construction). It's a bit odd Telenav hasn't updated it in years.

    Magellan is currently my #2, with the release of 2.0. Before 2.0, I would have ranked it below Garmin and Navigon, but the UX has come a long way, and the contact navigation is pretty much spot on unless it's in an area of recent construction and the road isn't in the map database. Needs better options to enter in a destination (lat/lon), and a better map browser that doesn't hide too many roads at at once.

    As for Navigon, the only thing that really bugs me is that the one thing I want to customize (the routing) is the area it gives me a bunch of choice based on what they think I want and not a lot of good ways to tweak the routing behaviors beyond that (something TomTom is really strong at). The UX is rough, but workable, and is really what drives it below my #1 choice.
  7. seajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    I'll throw another plug in for TomTom. I can't speak to the datasets for the east coast, I'm sure they're just fine. But, as for the UI, I am living in Europe right now and made my AT&T 3Gs a dedicated TomTom navigator. It has never steered me wrong throughout Western Europe.

    I also loaned it out to a couple of my friends, one who has never used a GPS and one who uses Navigon. Both were extremely pleased with the TomTom routing, its ease of use, comprehensive data, and overall experience.
  8. michelle70 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    No good TomTom...

    I had used TomTom Navigation but I was not good.
    It is similar too for iPhone...
  9. utwarreng macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2009
    Navigon is fantastic. Traffic updates are really helpful as well.
  10. bmms8 macrumors 68020

    Dec 19, 2007
    you should go with navigon. i love it, and its updated every few months.
  11. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Another vote for Navigon. Well worth the money. TomTom is also good but I have found that Navigon reroutes much quicker. Navigon also has a much more natural sounding voice and it's the easiest to input addresses.
  12. bmms8 macrumors 68020

    Dec 19, 2007
    and if you JB, navigate from maps is a must..
  13. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    +1 for navigon
  14. niagara macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2011
    G-Map+US East

    I am using G-Map+US East.

    Usage is simple, the price is cheap.

    I am satisfied.
  15. michelle70 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    I'm not decide yet....

    I'm still think about Navteq map because my friends told me somthing.
  16. YaBoiD macrumors regular


    Apr 12, 2011
  17. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  18. michelle70 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    I bought....

    Thank you...

    I bought G-Map+US East.
    Because cheap, good features.....:D:D:D
  19. Aaron1021 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    What this guy said.
  20. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I bought Magellan and the 2.0 update has made it a very very good GPS app.

    It integrates everything more with iOS UPIs. When you want to add an address, you can call up one from your address book instead of having to type it all in. The only problem is if you have something as "Main Street" instead of "Main St," it won't import it automatically. You have to go through each step with the data in the field and basically delete characters from "Street" back to "St," and then it'll find the address. But it's better than before.

    The app comes with free map updates and free ad-supported traffic. The ads don't show up very often, and they may even be helpful. Plenty of POIs. Maps have to be in the app because it's 1.26GB. There's a docking cradle for your car that costs $100 that boosts GPS signal, adds a speaker and can serve as a speakerphone -- though my parents keep telling me they can't hear me on it -- and has an audio jack to go to your car stereo. There is also an iPod control button that you can use to pause, play and skip.

    Can't compare it to others, but the 2.0 update has made it very nice.
  21. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    England, UK
    I use Co-Pilot, its cheaper than the likes of TomTom etc, but its been perfect for me.
  22. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    These all have voice turn by turn right? As in someone speaks to you and tells you to turn etc?
  23. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

    rick snagwell

    Feb 12, 2011
    oceanside, ca
    so you ask a question, and navigon is the clear answer from most. and you go and buy

    navigon here.
  24. ihav0frnds macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2010
    i remember trying to do research on this, and people were saying the tomtom routes made more sense than navigon's. that's also how i felt from personal experience.
  25. psywzrd, Jun 16, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011

    psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    Please explain.

    Forget it - didn't realize that was actually the name of an app from Cydia.

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