1. cjvitek's Avatar
    Review: iGo My Way 2009 North America, by NNG Global Services Kft.
    ***, $79.99


    Pros:
    • Very detailed maps
    • Great side by side comparison of routing options
    • Good POI database


    Cons:
    • No travel via option
    • Some problems with starting the app
    • Route options arent logical
    • Limited trip overview options


    In the interest of full disclosure, I received a promo code for this app.

    iGo My Way is the fourth turn-by-turn app I have reviewed. As with the other three, I have used the app around town as well as planning for a long trip (the same trip I have taken with the others). It generally suggested very reasonable routes, it had the vast majority of POIs that I was looking for (in fact, I dont recall a single instance where I couldnt find something). So how did it compare in the long distance travel?

    Let me start off by saying that I found the interface a little difficult at time. When you start, there is a screen with three main buttons and a map. Tapping the map at the top brings you to your current route and directions. The other three buttons are destination (to program a route), my route (for details on your current route), and settings. Maybe it is just me, but at times I found the layout a little less that intuitive. If I wanted to alter my route, for example, I kept going into destination instead of my route. While I am sure I would have eventually learned the different buttons, it didnt strike me as the most obvious layout.

    To program a route, you can go into desintation. From there you can select an address, a point of interest, a location on a map, of a list of favorites. In addition, you have your route history at the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately, there was no contact integration. I did find the interface for choosing a destination based on address to be very straightforward you choose the state, city, street, etc. At any point you can go back and change any of the options. The POI database was very complete (as complete as any of the other apps I have seen), and choosing a point of interest was another straightforward process.

    Once your route is calculated (based on preferences), you can make changes like selecting various route alternative. It includes shortest, economical, easiest, and fastest. One really nice feature is that it shows you the distance and the driving time for each of these, and you can select back and forth to see how they look on the map. I wish the display map had more details instead of just a red line showing your route city names, highway names, or things like that would be appreciated. One nitpick I had a default shortest route option selected. But when I compared with other routes, sometimes the fastest route was listed as many as 10 miles shorter than the shortest route (see the image below). Ummmneed to work on those routing programs!!

    You can also choose to look at places around the destination, where it will give you a list of POI near your planned destination. Lastly, you can change any of your route settings (such as vehicle from car to taxi, bicycle, bus, etc). You can choose different preferences (avoid toll roads, avoid ferries) at this point as well. At any time, you can come back to the my route screen to get these options again.

    Unfortunately, there were limited options to preview or browse your route. You couldnt do anything aside from viewing a simple over view map no listed directions, no detailed summary, nothing like that. There was an option to preview the trip, but it would simply plan an animation of your route not something you had a lot of control over. You didnt have any option of travelling via a specific road, highway, or city, so you couldnt plan a multiple itinerary trip.

    The settings button allows you to change default settings sounds and warnings, regional settings, etc. Many of these are things that you only need to access once, but the settings also included the default routing options (route type, avoid/use highways, avoid tolls, etc).

    When actually driving, I found the iGo app very good. The maps that are displayed are very detailed, to the point of telling you at times when you may need to switch lanes for an upcoming turn. The app (in general) avoids giving you specific distance estimates, instead telling you that you have more than 50 miles to go or turn in more than 1 mile. I found this to be beneficial sometimes (like when I am just starting a new leg) but at times I wish they gave me more detailed distance (like when I have five miles or less until a turn). Because there is no way to preview the direction in advance, you also cant look ahead to see what you will do after the specific leg of the trip. You had limited option for data to display on the map you could choose from distance left, time left, or ETA (or all three). There was supposed to be an option for an audible speeding warning, but I never heard anything so it was not very effective.

    My biggest complaint with the app was starting it up. Multiple times, at least 70% of the time, the app seemed to freeze when starting. If I rebooted my iPhone and went right into iGo, I had no problems. But if I ran another app, ANY other app first (voice memo, iPod, anything), the app would freeze and not load about 70% of the time. I dont know if this is a problem with my iPhone (it is jailbroken) or with the app itself. Right now I dont seem to be having that issue but it happened enough times, on multiple days to make it a major concern. I did get around this by installing backgrounder and having the app run in the background. Then, when I wanted to go back into the app, it was already running so I had no problems.

    The app also seemed to lose the GPS signal more than any other GPS app I have. It usually found it again within a minute or so, but that didnt happen to any other GPS app I have tested. The ETAs seemed to be off for longer distances at one point it said I had about 70 miles left, and the trip would take about 2.5 hours. Unlike some of the other apps, the screen blank was disabled, meaning the app stayed on even without me doing anything (which I think is good). And like some others, this app could be viewed in landscape mode (a big plus!).

    All in all, while I felt the user interface was a little less polished than some others, the quality of the maps, the good POI database, and the options for trip planning were nice pluses for this app. However, the problems with the app starting up prevent me from giving it a high rating. This may be due to my iPhone, and thus may not be an issue everyone else is going to experience, so take that into consideration. But if I cant even get into an app to run it, pluses (like good maps, nice options) and minuses (no contact integration, shortest route isnt always the shortest) take a back seat. At $79.99, this is a pricey app, so caution should be used before purchasing (check others to see if they had the same startup issues). As it is, I give it three out of five stars if I didnt have the startup problems, I would probably give it three and a half or four stars out of five. (I welcome and will post any comments from the app programmers in response to this review)

    (one of the images is taken from the iGo app store images)

    Rating scale:

    * = No redeeming qualities or features, probably not worth it even if it is free
    ** = Few redeeming qualities, or is simply isn't worth the price
    *** = Some good features but also some clear flaws.
    **** = A solid app, worth the money if interested, a few flaws or problems or slightly overpriced
    ***** = Top of the line app, no problems or drawbacks.

    Price is factored into the ratings. Ratings are lowered if I feel the price of the app outweighs the benefits/enjoyment/features it provides. Likewise, an app that is a good value for the money will have a higher rating.
    08-26-2009 04:11 PM
  2. pawl's Avatar
    will this work on the iphone 2g?

    does it require internet connection?
    08-27-2009 01:56 AM
  3. cjvitek's Avatar
    This does not require an internet connection. I don't think it will work on the 2G, since that doesn't have real GPS.

    I received a response from iGo. Apparently they have seen the starting up error before, from people with jailbroken phones and jailbreak apps that alter the springboard. While they said SBSettings shouldn't do anything, that is probably where my problems came from.

    If I can find the message, I will post it.
    08-28-2009 11:07 AM
  4. cjvitek's Avatar
    Here was their email to me.

    Thanks for reviewing our application. Let me comment a few points, and also ask for your assistance in fixing some issues.



    First: the startup issue. We have received similar reports from others as well, and after some research it turned out that in almost all known cases some SMS applications (that modify the springboard) are the cause of the issue. Would you be so kind as to test whether the issue persists if you disable those? (If you have any.) AFAIK the author of one of those SMS apps is about to make a fix for this. For a specific report see: Problems and conflicts between apps in the iPhone after iGO My Way 2009 installation [UPDATE4]



    The "Short route" issue: this is definitely a bug, we haven't encountered such a situation yet. Could you please help us by sending the start and destination addresses so as we can reproduce and fix it?

    About the route simulation: if you tap the display (e.g. at the center) during simulation then you get the simulation controls, using them you can quickly review the maneuvers of even a long route.

    For some of the features you missed: the first update is coming soon, it will contain some items you missed; see: iGO My way 2009 for iPhone - Features + call POI and updated maps.



    And this brings up another point that you may want to mention in the review: currently we are the only provider who has a (public) plan for map updates: we offer quarterly map updates till the end of 2010. We believe that this will be very important benefit for our users.
    I don't have any SMS app installed as jailbroken, just SBSettings and Backgrounder, but you never know.
    08-28-2009 11:33 AM
  5. zebany's Avatar
    It has nothing to do with jailbrake.
    I use my 3GS without any modifications whatsoever, just installed iGo on fresh restored iphone os 3.1. There is no jailbreak or something else,

    Still, it gets stuck on the splash screen maybe more than 70% of the time. I have to restart the phone each time. And god forbid, if I receive a call during navigation, I'm on my own because after the call, app does not start. I have to reboot the device yet I'm on a highway, cannot do that.

    Also, their support form on the website is not functional, there is absolutely no way to contact these guys.

    Must be the crappiest software i have ever used. Stick with navigon.
    09-21-2009 07:13 AM
  6. ashtul's Avatar
    iGo is an awesome product which I have been using since my Windows Mobile 6.0
    01-30-2012 03:45 AM
  7. kened's Avatar
    Have you used the turn-by-turn navigation available on Android phones? If so, how does it compare?
    02-15-2012 12:24 PM
  8. cjvitek's Avatar
    Have you used the turn-by-turn navigation available on Android phones? If so, how does it compare?
    I have not used any on Android phones.
    02-23-2012 10:24 AM
  9. angelinaapps's Avatar
    I drove around with this app and the maps were detailed and unto date since I live in a fairly new town with new streets , but it does crashes if i receive an phone call .
    02-26-2012 12:09 AM
  10. robinthoms2's Avatar
    Is this just for the IPhone or for any android phone??
    07-07-2012 07:21 AM
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