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  • iSmash Takes Navigation Apps to School

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    Few things are as exciting in my book as a report card from iSmash.

    iSmash is out this weekend with a head to head comparison of the 5 most popular iPhone turn-by-turn navigation apps.

    And their findings are interesting, although rabid supporters of each app are likely to find argument with some of the grades given.

    But for now, the winner is... TomTom



    According to iSmash, TomTom gets the highest grade with a respectable B+

    Then again, how could it not be the winner? The TomTom app arguably emulates the top GPS navigation units with its turn-by-turn directions, voice instructions, touch-screen commands, a choice of 2D or 3D mapping, day/night screen choices and, of course, full coverage of the U.S. and Canada.

    From iSmash:
    TomTom is the leader of the GPS world, and there's a reason. They make a good product, and that didn't change for their iPhone app. The app works great. Just like their portable devices, the map itself looks ugly...with a thick red line over a beige background, and occasionally some jagged edges. But quite frankly, it's not there to be modeled, it's there to guide you and give you functionality. That it does.
    There are still plenty of reasons, however, why we don't see any grades above the B range. Too many iPhone navigation apps need to work on a major issue that I have with them - an incoming phone call will close your nav app and go to your phone app. And this usually happens at a critical moment when you really need those directions.

    Been there. Done that.

    Yet until the Apple makes the iPhone more multitasking-friendly, navigation apps can't be what we all want them to be - perfect.

    Other apps graded include: Navigon MobileNavigator, AT&T Navigator, CoPilot Live North America, Sygic Mobile Map US.

    You can check out their respective grades and weigh in on the analysis by visiting iSmash.com

    This article was originally published in forum thread: iSmash Takes Navigation Apps to School started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 73 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      This is true - which is why I beta test for them and work with them to make it the best SatNav solution
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I'm a Confucious fanboy
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      ^oh, me too
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I'm a Confucious fanboy
    1. indiscretion's Avatar
      indiscretion -
      after using Navigon and TomTom to get to work as a test run I have decided that right now Navigon wins hands down. Navigon has lane assist and better graphics. The 2 things i dont like about navigon is that it does not pause the music when giving out directions and that the street names are very hard to read. Tomtom does not have lane assist and got lost twice on the highway(THE HIGHWAY!!!!) but the worst thing about TomTom for me is that it tells me directions AFTER I make turns

      Navigon

      Pros
      - better graphics
      - lane assist(big plus since i want to use it to travel to Dallas soon)

      Cons
      - does not pause music when giving out directions
      - street names are extremely hard to read
    1. ixbilalxi's Avatar
      ixbilalxi -
      Quote Originally Posted by indiscretion View Post

      Navigon

      Pros
      - better graphics
      - lane assist(big plus since i want to use it to travel to Dallas soon)

      Cons
      - does not pause music when giving out directions
      - street names are extremely hard to read
      The new update will have 3d street names Flickr: NAVIGON_'s Photostream.

      But i actually really like that it doesnt pause music to give out directions. I dunno why you would want your music to be interrupted. My lexus factory gps just puts the nav out through the left side and the music out the right side speakers.
      I mean think about how many voice directions it gives you.
    1. arram's Avatar
      arram -
      I tried both Navigon and TomTom, and I ended up deleting TomTom. Navigons routes were alot better and accurate, and it looks better.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I bought Navigon and used it on a trip I just got back from.. Michigan to Oaklahoma... I was more than surprised how well it worked... however with long straight highways that are 80 miles long before a turn I found that Navigon did stop working at times then I had to close it and open it.... also I found that at times it would not be able to pick up gps signals here and there....

      I am really happy with my purchase... it will take a lot before one of these other companies beat Navigon...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ixbilalxi View Post
      The new update will have 3d street names Flickr: NAVIGON_'s Photostream.

      But i actually really like that it doesnt pause music to give out directions. I dunno why you would want your music to be interrupted. My lexus factory gps just puts the nav out through the left side and the music out the right side speakers.
      I mean think about how many voice directions it gives you.
      Looks Amazing. I think Navigon is going to come out as a clear winner over the next few months
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Good review! Although TomTom is ugly it's one of the best navigation systems out there.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      ^^ I can't agree more.. also when I got a phone call I was able to answer it and after I was done I went right back into Navigon..
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      ^ zomg lolz he was pumpin' tom tom sweetie, not navigon. confusing thread.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Why no XGPS write up?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Because it's not an official app
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      xGPS was great back in 2.x but now it would get an F compared to the app store ones
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      tom tom taking a while to get used to i might have to try navigon based on the consensus on this thread
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      yea, navigon is the best one and after the next update, it will be undisputed.
    1. adsn76's Avatar
      adsn76 -
      The kit pictured isn't the TomTom kit(no connector to use external speaker on the one pictured), I think its made by Belkin and you can find it in some higher end electronics store. I just recently read that the TomTom kit is going to be $200. I also go with Navigon!!!
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Ummm...
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      ^ zomg lolz he was pumpin' tom tom sweetie, not navigon. confusing thread.
      I was refering to Stealthbravo's statement two before mine....