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Smartphone car GPS app reviews

Which mobile GPS apps can you trust to get you from point A to point B?
 
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01.Introduction

iPhone GPS Apps

We review 19 GPS apps available for the Apple iPhone, Android and Windows Phone, priced from $0 to $70.

We've assessed each app for:

Your smartphone is so clever it can tell you not only where to go, but what to visit on the way as long as you have the right app.

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  • compare the results and features of the apps tested 
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Brands and models tested

Google Android

  • CoPilot Premium AUS & NZ
  • Garmin Navigator (Premium)
  • Google Maps
  • MetroView
  • NDrive
  • Sensis Whereis
  • Sygic GPS Navigation
  • TomTom Australia
Apple iOS
  • Apple Maps
  • CoPilot Premium AUS & NZ
  • Engis Technologies BringGo AU & NZ
  • Google Maps
  • MetroView
  • Navigon
  • Navman RoadMate
  • Sensis Whereis
  • Sygic Australia & New Zealand: GPS Navigation
  • TomTom Australia
Windows phone 8
  • HERE Drive+
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How we test
Performance

City performance The city test mainly involves bench tests carried out in Sydney, as past results in various cities showed very little difference between models in built-up areas in terms of distances and arrival times. However, assessments of speed of recovery when coming out of tunnels and recalculations after a missed turn are carried out on the road. The total of the predicted distances is calculated; the more accurate the predicted distance, the better the score. 

Regional performance Our tester checks various addresses for accuracy in Victoria and South Australia.

Ease of use

Our tester assesses how easy it is to install and use the menu structure on the touchscreen. He also looks at the quality of the display data such as distance to next turn and street name and turn direction symbols.

Verbal instructions

Verbal instructions are assessed on the quality of the voice, timing of turn and other instructions, how clear the instructions are, and whether it's possible to rely on verbal instructions without looking at the screen.

Speed of map refresh

The tester checks how long it takes the GPS to recover after a missed turn, and after coming out of a tunnel, with a planned turn-off immediately after the tunnel exit.

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