Navagon TTS quick note
This should be a private reply to "Mike" but I cannot use PM so far since I am new around here.
I'm happy to talk about my experience with Navagon. It is excellent so far, but still has vast room for improvement.
The worst fault, imho, is the lack of a savable route, and the lack of the ability to save a screenshot of the route before you even start driving. At least with my prior gps device I could step through the route one step at a time to be sure it was going where I wanted to go before I left. I feel sure that this feature will be in the next version, along with a button to acquire and lock signal.
The TTS is very good but it is not verbose enough for me. I will write a note to customer service asking for a switch choice of silent screen only navigation, average, or verbose. I would also like to be able to step thru the route simply by tapping the screen or whatever method works well.
The TTS does a good, not great job with street names, but there is lots of room for improvement.
I say again that I remain astonished that I use no holder for my 3gs. The iPhone simply sits in the seat and has yet to lose a signal, let alone advise me incorrectly when and on what road to make a turn.
I have never spent more than 2 minutes acquiring a gps lock. My older PocketPC with an external attached antenna could take 3 or 4 minutes to lock a signal. I also use the iPhoneSuit case, which is also excellent.
I suspect, subject to further investigation, that the 32 GB 3gs has such a fast processor, graphic chip, and main memory that all the computation is very quick. I believe it also uses cell tower triangulation to maintain relative position. It seems to work very well for me so far.
Additionally, I play iPod playlists and podcasts constantly as I drive. I frequently change the song or jump from one podcast to another and the machine and programs have never locked up or even missed a beat or a verbal direction. This is astonishing multi-tasking in a simple iPhone as far as I can tell. This feature only works with the iPod app, not non-Apple made apps, but the iPod app is excellent because you can turn the entire iPhone off, via the top switch, and the music continues to play and you get the controls back with a double center button click. Navagon does not turn the screen off, but this does not bother me because I have a 200 W inverter under the front seat which runs on the cig lighter socked. I then simply plug the Apple charge cord into the A/C outlet, and the iPhone thinks it is charging from a normal 110 V house current.
The 3gs will run about one hour or more doing full navigation and full music on a full charge.
Feel free to ask anything else that interests you about this topic. I haven't driven anywhere in the ten days or so that I have had the software when I have not used it. I look forward to the traffic live update for $20, but for most of my driving I have no choice about what freeway I use.