Which is the Best iPhone Navigation App? Edmunds.com Evaluates

Which is the Best iPhone Navigation App? Edmunds.com Evaluates


Which is the Best iPhone Navigation App? Edmunds.com Evaluates

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — (December 7, 2009) — Navigation systems no longer require special equipment — if the driver has an iPhone 3G or 3GS.

"Using an iPhone navigation app is an affordable and practical alternative for many consumers compared with an in-dash or portable GPS unit," said Edmunds.com Senior Technology Editor Doug Newcomb. "However, they should be aware that today's nav apps tend to take up a lot of the phone's memory and will drain the battery at a faster rate."

Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, tested seven of the latest iPhone navigation applications to help consumers compare the pricing, features and functionality of each. They are described below in alphabetical order.

  • AT&T Navigator: Includes pay-as-you-go monthly pricing and makes is relatively efficient use of the phone's memory.
  • CoPilot Live: The least expensive app on the list, it includes a very useful "live" local internet search feature similar to those found in the latest GPS portable devices.
  • Gokivo GPS Navigator: The only other app offering a monthly subscription, it comes with innovative features such as satellite and hybrid views, and 2-D and 3-D mapping.
  • iGo My Way: Comes with unique features such as "smart history" mode that remembers a driver's habits when suggesting routes based on location, time and date.
  • Navigon MobileNavigator: This app allows easy navigation through your iPhone address book and provides easy to follow voice prompts and lane guidance.
  • Sygic Mobile Maps: Features an affordable price, quick load times, a useful route-preview and lane guidance, although the controls are slightly difficult to use.
  • TomTom: This app has the highest upfront cost, and features TomTom's IQ Routes technology, tap-and-go routing and speed warnings, but lacks several basic navigation functions.

For the full reviews and Edmunds.com's rating of the above iPhone nav apps, see Road-Testing 7 iPhone Navigation Apps on Edmunds.com. Reviews of the Magellan iPhone nav app, the Google nav app on the Verizon Droid and others are coming soon.

Engaging discussions about these iPhone navigation applications are currently underway in the Which is the Best iPhone Navigation App? Edmunds.com Evaluates message board in Edmunds.com's CarSpace Forums.

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Edmunds publishes four Web sites that empower, engage and educate automotive consumers, enthusiasts and insiders.
Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive consumer information, launched in 1995 as the first automotive information Web site. Its most popular feature, the Edmunds.com True Market Value®, is relied upon by millions of people seeking current transaction prices for new and used vehicles. Edmunds.com was named "Best Car Research Site" by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the "Most Useful Web Site" according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com Study(SM), was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites by The Wall Street Journal and was rated "#1" in Keynote's study of third-party automotive Web sites. Inside Line launched in 2005 and is the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site. CarSpace launched in 2006 and is an automotive social networking Web site. AutoObserver.com launched in 2007 and provides insightful automotive industry commentary and analysis. Edmunds is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit.

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