iPhone GPS apps review and compare

We test nine turn-by-turn voice navigation apps for the iPhone.
 
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01 .Introduction

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Test results for nine iPhone GPS apps, priced from $30 to $100

The number of iPhone GPS apps for Australia offering turn-by-turn navigation has tripled since we last tested them a little over six months ago. This time round we again tested all the available apps that can turn your iPhone into the equivalent of a dedicated in-car satellite navigation unit.

Although the iPhone comes with built-in GPS capability and Google Maps to show you where you are and how to get where you’re going — this is no substitute for voice-guided turn-by-turn instructions.

As you might expect, we found greater differences in performance between the apps this time, though they all do at least a reasonable job. You can download all the apps directly to your phone, but because most contain the maps required as part of the app itself you’ll need to use Wi-Fi (wireless local area networking) – downloads over 3G phone networks are limited to 10MB. You can also download the iPhone GPS apps using iTunes on a computer then transfer them to the iPhone.

What we looked at

 Performance Our tester noted accuracy of the pre-planned route, points of interest, the estimated time of arrival and accuracy of voice prompts.

Ease of use He also rated each iPhone GPS app on how easy it is to read and interact with the menu, the quality of displayed data and the supplied manuals.

iPhone GPS Apps tested

  • Co-Pilot Live 8
  • Destinator 9 
  • iGo My Way
  • Mocal 
  • Nav4D 
  • Navigon Mobile Navigator
  • NDrive 
  • Sygic Mobile Maps
  • TomTom 

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5 CHOICE buys

Navigon Mobile Navigator

Scored 85/100 | $99.9985%

Good points:


Highest Overall score.
• Highest Performance score.
• Equal highest Ease of Use score.
• Destination by contacts.
• Previews up to three routes and allows you to take your pick.
• Gives warning when you are in a school speed zone.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns when approaching a speed or red light camera.

Bad points:


Does not announce street names.
• Side street names are hard to read.
• Equal most expensive.

 

NNG Global iGo My Way

Scored 81/100 | $74.9981%

Good points:

• Second highest Performance score.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Very easy to use a street address as your destination.
• Very easy to use a POI as your destination.
• Option to avoid unsealed roads.
• Has an Australian voice.

Bad points:

• Does not announce street names.
• Destination cannot be specified by tapping on the map.

 

TomTom TomTom

Scored 79/100 | $99.9979%

Good points:

• Equal highest Ease of Use score.
• Equal third highest Performance score.
• Destination by contacts.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Very good auto zoom at roundabouts.
• Has option to avoid unsealed roads.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns of red light camera.
• Has an Australian voice.

Bad points:

• Was not aware of some “no right turn” restrictions.
• Equal most expensive.

 

Sygic Mobile Maps

Scored 78/100 | $59.9978%

Good points:

• Equal second highest Ease of Use score.
• Destination can be specified by contacts.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Displays street number on arrival.
• Displays current speed limit signs.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns when approaching a speed or red light camera.
• Equal cheapest among the What To Buy.

Bad points:

• Was not aware of some “no right turn” restrictions.
• Routed through small lane ways when there was an equivalent road 30m further on.
• No option to avoid motorways.

 

ALK Technologies Co Pilot Live 8

Scored 76/100 | $59.9976%

Good points:

• Equal third highest Performance score.
• Clearest marking of the route among the apps.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Has an Australian voice.
• Equal cheapest among the What To Buy.

Bad points:

• Does not announce street names.
• No initial warning if upcoming turn is less than 500m away.

 
 

5 CHOICE buys

Navigon Mobile Navigator

Scored 85/100 | $99.9985%

Good points:


Highest Overall score.
• Highest Performance score.
• Equal highest Ease of Use score.
• Destination by contacts.
• Previews up to three routes and allows you to take your pick.
• Gives warning when you are in a school speed zone.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns when approaching a speed or red light camera.

Bad points:


Does not announce street names.
• Side street names are hard to read.
• Equal most expensive.

 

NNG Global iGo My Way

Scored 81/100 | $74.9981%

Good points:

• Second highest Performance score.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Very easy to use a street address as your destination.
• Very easy to use a POI as your destination.
• Option to avoid unsealed roads.
• Has an Australian voice.

Bad points:

• Does not announce street names.
• Destination cannot be specified by tapping on the map.

 

TomTom TomTom

Scored 79/100 | $99.9979%

Good points:

• Equal highest Ease of Use score.
• Equal third highest Performance score.
• Destination by contacts.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Very good auto zoom at roundabouts.
• Has option to avoid unsealed roads.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns of red light camera.
• Has an Australian voice.

Bad points:

• Was not aware of some “no right turn” restrictions.
• Equal most expensive.

 

Sygic Mobile Maps

Scored 78/100 | $59.9978%

Good points:

• Equal second highest Ease of Use score.
• Destination can be specified by contacts.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Displays street number on arrival.
• Displays current speed limit signs.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns when approaching a speed or red light camera.
• Equal cheapest among the What To Buy.

Bad points:

• Was not aware of some “no right turn” restrictions.
• Routed through small lane ways when there was an equivalent road 30m further on.
• No option to avoid motorways.

 

ALK Technologies Co Pilot Live 8

Scored 76/100 | $59.9976%

Good points:

• Equal third highest Performance score.
• Clearest marking of the route among the apps.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Has an Australian voice.
• Equal cheapest among the What To Buy.

Bad points:

• Does not announce street names.
• No initial warning if upcoming turn is less than 500m away.

 
 

5 CHOICE buys

Navigon Mobile Navigator

Scored 85/100 | $99.9985%

Good points:


Highest Overall score.
• Highest Performance score.
• Equal highest Ease of Use score.
• Destination by contacts.
• Previews up to three routes and allows you to take your pick.
• Gives warning when you are in a school speed zone.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns when approaching a speed or red light camera.

Bad points:


Does not announce street names.
• Side street names are hard to read.
• Equal most expensive.

 

NNG Global iGo My Way

Scored 81/100 | $74.9981%

Good points:

• Second highest Performance score.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Very easy to use a street address as your destination.
• Very easy to use a POI as your destination.
• Option to avoid unsealed roads.
• Has an Australian voice.

Bad points:

• Does not announce street names.
• Destination cannot be specified by tapping on the map.

 

TomTom TomTom

Scored 79/100 | $99.9979%

Good points:

• Equal highest Ease of Use score.
• Equal third highest Performance score.
• Destination by contacts.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Very good auto zoom at roundabouts.
• Has option to avoid unsealed roads.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns of red light camera.
• Has an Australian voice.

Bad points:

• Was not aware of some “no right turn” restrictions.
• Equal most expensive.

 

Sygic Mobile Maps

Scored 78/100 | $59.9978%

Good points:

• Equal second highest Ease of Use score.
• Destination can be specified by contacts.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Displays street number on arrival.
• Displays current speed limit signs.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns when approaching a speed or red light camera.
• Equal cheapest among the What To Buy.

Bad points:

• Was not aware of some “no right turn” restrictions.
• Routed through small lane ways when there was an equivalent road 30m further on.
• No option to avoid motorways.

 

ALK Technologies Co Pilot Live 8

Scored 76/100 | $59.9976%

Good points:

• Equal third highest Performance score.
• Clearest marking of the route among the apps.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Has an Australian voice.
• Equal cheapest among the What To Buy.

Bad points:

• Does not announce street names.
• No initial warning if upcoming turn is less than 500m away.

 
 

5 CHOICE buys

Navigon Mobile Navigator

Scored 85/100 | $99.9985%

Good points:


Highest Overall score.
• Highest Performance score.
• Equal highest Ease of Use score.
• Destination by contacts.
• Previews up to three routes and allows you to take your pick.
• Gives warning when you are in a school speed zone.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns when approaching a speed or red light camera.

Bad points:


Does not announce street names.
• Side street names are hard to read.
• Equal most expensive.

 

NNG Global iGo My Way

Scored 81/100 | $74.9981%

Good points:

• Second highest Performance score.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Very easy to use a street address as your destination.
• Very easy to use a POI as your destination.
• Option to avoid unsealed roads.
• Has an Australian voice.

Bad points:

• Does not announce street names.
• Destination cannot be specified by tapping on the map.

 

TomTom TomTom

Scored 79/100 | $99.9979%

Good points:

• Equal highest Ease of Use score.
• Equal third highest Performance score.
• Destination by contacts.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Very good auto zoom at roundabouts.
• Has option to avoid unsealed roads.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns of red light camera.
• Has an Australian voice.

Bad points:

• Was not aware of some “no right turn” restrictions.
• Equal most expensive.

 

Sygic Mobile Maps

Scored 78/100 | $59.9978%

Good points:

• Equal second highest Ease of Use score.
• Destination can be specified by contacts.
• Speed adaptive map zooming.
• Displays street number on arrival.
• Displays current speed limit signs.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Warns when approaching a speed or red light camera.
• Equal cheapest among the What To Buy.

Bad points:

• Was not aware of some “no right turn” restrictions.
• Routed through small lane ways when there was an equivalent road 30m further on.
• No option to avoid motorways.

 

ALK Technologies Co Pilot Live 8

Scored 76/100 | $59.9976%

Good points:

• Equal third highest Performance score.
• Clearest marking of the route among the apps.
• Can warn when speed limit exceeded.
• Has an Australian voice.
• Equal cheapest among the What To Buy.

Bad points:

• Does not announce street names.
• No initial warning if upcoming turn is less than 500m away.

 
 
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