So I downloaded Navigon and TomTom on my jail broken iPhone to see which I like better. I don't travel, and it is pointless to buy the full app for only using about 10 square miles of it. But it is still nice to have to search and find directions.
Hands down I love Navigon so much more than TomTom, but I have a problem with the Navigon app, I have clear GPS signal, but when I get around 40 mph usually, the map seems like it can't load the streets fast enough and the camera gets back close to the arrow (representing my car) and then zooms out fast back how it should be, and just keeps doing that every 5 seconds. It is very annoying. And also the roads don't load very far in advance. Though the TomTom one works perfectly fine no matter how fast I go, and is super accurate. But I hate the POI icons and just overall look of the TomTom. But Is there a way to fix the Navigon issue? I have the 1.6 version.
EDIT: And If I like the apps, I may legit buy them, but I really want to see how well they work before spending any money on them.
Last edited by Uplink; 02-13-2011 at 04:02 PM.
- 02-13-2011, 02:40 PM #2
- 02-13-2011, 05:57 PM #3
- 02-13-2011, 06:00 PM #4
*sighs* I am just wanting to know if I do buy the app, will it still be like that. because I just wanted to try the app out first before committing a lot of money towards it. I just want to know if it is like that if I were to buy it, or if it is just something with my version. lol That's all I am really wanting to know.
- 02-13-2011, 06:48 PM #6
- 02-13-2011, 07:38 PM #7
I understand where your coming from, uplink. Where I absolutely do not support the cracking and pirating of apps, I do realize what a shortcoming it was of Apple to not allow some sort of trial or test system for all apps. I had all three (Navigon, TomTom, and Mapquest4Mobile). All do great things but here is what I like about Navigon. The arrow moves in real time, almost seamlessly through the route traveled. There is hardly any choppiness to the app, it is very smooth and accurate. The TomTom lagged and lost GPS connection almost ALL the time. If I were you, I would set it up the same way as I have mine set up, Navigon for a great GPS and voice navigation and use Mapquest4Mobile as a backup utility in case your in an area where Navigon doesnt work as well as it should. You cant really go wrong with these. Oh, and please buy the app. Hopefully, Apple wont force some people to test drive cracked apps by allowing us to test drive the real ones, but until then support app makers!
- 02-13-2011, 11:33 PM #9iMore Pro
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I have 1.7 Navigon, and I noticed the same issues Uplink has. I paid for the app well over a year ago. I wonder if it is compatibility with 4.2.6?? I tried the VZ Navigator tonight too and OMG it lagged sooo bad. I pulled up Google Maps and was running about 70 and it was spot on, so I know it isn't the GPS chip or anything hardware related.
- 02-14-2011, 07:31 AM #10
Bottom line is Navigon is one of the best nav apps out there. At about 40mph it changes the viewing scale which can seem kind of quirky. I never seemed to notice it and definitely don't think it should be a dealbreaker given how good everything else about it is. Buy it and delete your cracked versions of everything else.
I think everyone here would like to have a try before you buy policy but that's just not how it works on this platform.
- 02-14-2011, 08:25 AM #12
If you want navigation that just works, and works well - it ain't a phone app. My retired Garmin Nuvi 350 was a better navigator than the Navigon app. And my current Nuvi 765t beats it hands down. Device convergence in navigators & cell phones is coming - but it ain't here yet.
- 02-14-2011, 11:29 AM #13
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- 04-11-2011, 12:22 AM #18
I've never been able to justify the price of GPS apps, when I do need one I just use Waze, it's free, and has some really cool features not even the paid GPS apps have, and the turn by turn directions are loud and crystal clear. I know the maps aren't pre-loaded, but it saves you a ton of space, and somehow Waze seems to load maps faster than all others..
- 04-13-2011, 02:15 AM #19
Navfree USA is a free navigation app that has installed maps (no data signal required) and voice guided directions. It takes a while to download, even over wifi, but for me it's worth it. Just use wifi to search for your destination's physical adress, then enter it in to the app and drive. I haven't been able to test it extensively yet, but it seems to work fine around the neighborhood.
Having the pre-loaded maps is important to me because I use my iPhone 3GS on T-Mobile without a data plan, which limits my data use to wifi. It's not just cheaper, but less hectic not having data!
Anyway, uplink, you should try emailing the developer for giving them suggestions/bug reports. The sign of a good app is if the developer supports users with timely fixes/responses to questions. Instead of 'try before you buy,' just get used to doing some research. Ask around if people have problems with a certain app. Email the developer or look up known issues. There is a framework for these sorts of questions/issues. Another suggestion would be that if you are asking a question about an app online, try saying "My friend's version of this app..." etc. instead of saying "My stolen version of this app..." it may save you some headaches in the future.