Lots of discussions about GPS deals for Black Friday, but not one about GPS Apps. Figured I'd start one & put all the info in one place. I will update this thread as others provide more info. ----------------------------------------------------------
Navigon USA: iphone version on sale for $29.99 (regularly $49.99) Note that map updates are not included; to get map updates you must purchase a subscription to Freshmaps for $19.99. Traffic is an additional $19.99. Uses Navteq maps
Copilot Live Premium USA: iphone & android versions on sale for $9.99 (regularly $24.99) includes 1 year of map updates. Traffic is $9.99 for 1 year Uses their own maps
MotionX GPS Drive: iphone only. Subscription based app; initial purchase is $0.99 for 30 days of service, then a 1 year subscription is on sale for $9.99 (regulary $23.99 for 1 yr). Map updates & traffic included in subscription. (link to thread) Uses Navteq maps Also see their facebook page for a promo to get three free voices when you purchase the 1 yr subscription.
Garmin Street Pilot Onboard: iphone version on sale on Black Friday (only) for $24.99 (regularly $49.99). Traffic is an additional $19.99 per year. Not sure about map updates (how often they come & cost) Uses Navteq maps
tomtom for iPhone: On sale for $31.99. Traffic subscription is $19.99/yr
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posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 8:13a
Anyone tried any of these? Which one is the best? iPhone user here.
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 8:19a
I've used MotionX on iphone. It's "good" to "very good", but wouldn't call it "great". Can't beat the price: $11 for a 13 month subscription that includes map updates and live traffic.
I have not used Copilot Premium, but I used the prior version (V8) on Android. I really wanted to like it, but the program was quirky and I found the tech support to be terrible. YMMV. At $9.99, it's not too bad a risk. Not sure I'd pay full price for it @ $24.99.
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 8:20a
Personally, i've been happy with the free google nav that comes on android.
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 8:29a
poison7FL said: Personally, i've been happy with the free google nav that comes on android.Yes, the Android app is very good, much better than what hte iphone comes with. My son has been using Mapquest on his iphone but I suspect that one of these would be better.
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 9:12a
Do these programs work even when there's no data connection on the phone? We just took a road trip to Florida and I was surprised by how much area was in the T-Mobile dark zone.
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 9:30a
Navigon, Copilot, and Garmin Onboard all have the maps pre-downloaded on your phone so you don't need a data connection. The trade off is, they take up much more space on your phone (although Navigon gives you the option to download just the states you need)
MotionX Drive uses your data connection (3G or wifi) to calculate your route and download map tiles. If you happen to leave coverage for a little while, the app will still work so long as you don't detour off your route. Note that with MotionX Drive, you have the option to cache (pre-download) your maps at home using wifi so when you are out on the road you don't need full data coverage. (Even with maps pre-cached, you will need at least a spot of data coverage if you cancel your route and want to calculate a new one)
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 10:42a
Do these work with the iTouch and tomtom's GPS receiver?
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 11:14a
Have been using copilot live v8 (android) for a year and is fairly good. No data connection required. can download states region or entire us. Also have been trying waze (android) free for a while now. fairly good too. needs data connection but you can pre-cache the map tiles of your route with scrolling. free navigation, free traffic, free weather, police alert , traffic cams, police traps etc. It is community based so if somebody reports police trap you have it.same goes for traffic.
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 11:30a
bhavin66 said: Have been using copilot live v8 (android) for a year and is fairly good. No data connection required. can download states region or entire us. The latest version of Copilot (called 'Premium') eliminated the option to download individual states.
Also have been trying waze (android) free for a while now. fairly good too. needs data connection but you can pre-cache the map tiles of your route with scrolling. free navigation, free traffic, free weather, police alert , traffic cams, police traps etc. It is community based so if somebody reports police trap you have it.same goes for traffic. I've tried Waze but frankly found it little more than a toy. The routes it creates are horrible and I found you can't rely on them. If you know where you're going, then Waze has some value for the crowd sources traffic & speed traps, but if you need it for real navigation I would not trust it.
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 11:49a
Regarding copilot premium (v9), there is still an option to download regions, but not individual states.
Last time I tried navigon, it seemed clunky, and not as robust/modern as copilot. One feature that copilot has is pinch zoom, which makes it more inline with google maps. The new version (v9) seems rather snappy and its POI is seems decent for the brief testing I've done thus far. For $13 ( I went with the entire NA region), you really can't go wrong.
If I'm in a data (3g/Sprint) area, then of course, I'll be using google maps as that gives traffic info, and the map data is likely to be more current. If i'm in the middle of nowhere and need gps and/or the Garmin/vehicle navi craps out, then this is a good backup. Also, regarding traffic, if you're in an area that doesn't have 3g data (1x or no data at all), it's is very UNLIKELY there will be any traffic anyways
I'm still hopeful that Garmin will produce a street pilot like app for android sometime in the near future. I've used this product on windows mobile platform in the past and found it to be most feature rich of all.
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 12:01p
I've been using Navigon on my iPhone for a few years now and love it. Replaced my $250 Garmin. And the latest update to the UI that was released last week (2.0), it's even better! Well worth the $49 (or less if you buy the regional versions), but a must buy for $29!
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 12:17p
shallot said: Do these work with the iTouch and tomtom's GPS receiver?
They all should but I know that Copilot definitely will, got the GPS receiver for cheap but didn't want to spend another $50 on the tomtom app. Thinking about upgrading my iPod Touch from Copilot 8 to 9, right now I don't like the interface/display as much as iGo8.
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 12:19p
does MotionX GPS Drive offer anything for an iPhone user who does NOT care about turn by turn navigation?
posted: Nov. 23, 2011 @ 3:23p
I've used tomtom and using copilot now on iphone. copilot is ok, but tomtom on iphone was the best
NeuroSynapsis said: does MotionX GPS Drive offer anything for an iPhone user who does NOT care about turn by turn navigation?
If you don't need the voice guidance, then there is no cost other than the initial app purchase. So if you are looking for just an electronic map, and POI look ups, etc. then you should be all set. The only subscription item is the voice guidance which has been on sale for the past couple of weeks (supposedly since iOS 5 and the 4S came out).
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