Which is the BEST Navigation App?
I've been an iPhone 4S owner for one week, having come over from android using a Galaxy S. I've been using AT&T Navigator at $9.99/mo, which must be the most expensive of all premium navigation apps.
I sure would appreciate comments from users of Navigon, Tom Tom, Telenav and other top line navigation apps telling me why they made the choice they did. Cost is not a major factor. I'm looking for the best performance and best user experience.
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I've used both Tom Tom and Navigon and they are both excellent. Navigon just had a significant UI upgrade and it is on sale, but now they are charging (I think optionally) $20 four times a year for map updates... which IMO sounds ridiculously expensive.
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- 11-21-2011, 07:49 PM #19iPhone Nanite
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Navigon shot itself in the foot
I used to think the Navigon MobileNavigator app for iPhone was best, but no more.
With their latest update, Navigon has shot itself in the foot. Why? For the following reasons:
1) When I bought the app in 2008, they promised free map upgrades for life. Now, they are charging a minimum of $14.95 for future map updates. To renege on a previous promise in inexcusable, even if Navigon was bought out by Garmin.
2) In requiring a fee for future map updates, Navigon/Garmin has failed to tell people what they are paying for. The page in the app where you purchase the map updates just states that quarterly updates will be available for $14.95. Is this payment $14.95 per quarter, or $14.95 per year, of a one-time forever payment of $14.95? They don't say. And they don't answer emails, Facebook posts or Tweets. Which brings me to...
3) Navigon/Garmin has the absolute WORST customer service of all time. It is worse than AOL's customer service at its lowest point. If there was an award for worst customer service ever given by a company, Navigon/Garmin would win it. This is sad because the app is worthwhile, but I can't recommend it in light of the current failure of the update and lack of customer service.
If Navigon/Garmin reads this post, they still have a chance to rectify their errors by giving a brief period of time for previous MobileNavigator users to get free map updates, and for explaining what the fees paid are purchasing. Communicate with your previously-loyal customers, Navigon/Garmin. It is the answer to a multitude of your sins!
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- 11-21-2011, 07:58 PM #20
Any problem with too much traffic?
I just moved over to iphone and used mapquest to make four long trips. I was also using Google maps.
Driving last Friday - when all students everywhere were driving home for Thanksgiving - neither program worked at all because their networks were overwhelmed.
Do any of these paid problems have that problem? I've never had it on Verizon Navigator on the ocassions I've used it, but also don't think I've tried on holiday weekends.
- 11-21-2011, 08:05 PM #21
Another question about Navigon: I had this odd problem with Mapquest where speech would not output to my stereo when it was plugged in.
To be specific: My phone is connected via bluetooth to the stereo. This works fine for calls. My headset output to stereo works fine for music. Mapquest voice doesn't output to headphone output and was muted when it was in. It only works via phone speakers (weird).
Is this true for Navigon or Tomtom?
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- 11-21-2011, 09:26 PM #23iPhone Newbie
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I've used several but have always come back to TomTom for it's accuracy and ease of use. My only complaint is that the "back" button is so small when in landscape and is hard to tap with my big fingers while driving.
Lately I've been trying Waze and while I'm impressed by the screens and graphics, the routing hasn't been that great. For longer trips, it picks the same route I would pick about 75% of the time. (TomTom 95%) For shorter trips, however, Waze has made me go in complete circles almost everytime. I do like the notices, warning and social aspect of it, but I'm in a new city and need to have accuracy over anything else.
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