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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. Stargaze's Avatar
      Stargaze -
      Quote Originally Posted by nipsey View Post
      That's the new tomtom dock that's not out yet but if you get the app they will email you when it's available
      it is certainly not hte TOM TOM dock thats for sure

      here is the TOMTOM dock

      and this is the dock on page one of this post

      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      Actually this is a cradle manufactured by Arkon, which I bought right after G-Map U.S. East was first released. This is an ESSENTIAL for ANY satnav app to work properly. It can be found here: arkon.com/iPhone_Car_Mount.php
      thanks very much for the info that dock looks like a good altertnative while waiting for the full featured tomtom dock
    1. thinknoffcenter's Avatar
      thinknoffcenter -
      I can tell u as a delivery driver in Harrisburg, PA that I have used both of these apps extensively to find out which suits me best. Tom Tom's accuracy is dead on for me, has all the correct street names, and is very easy to input your destination, and transmits through my radio via my FM modulator.......but it's ugly, and pauses my aol radio player, and sometimes doesn't unpause it. As far as Navigon goes, the lane assist is great, it has much more appealing look to it's map, it doesn't pause my player, just suppresses it's volume to speak it's directions, and it's input interface is great as well......but it's not as accurate for me as Tom Tom, and in the approx. 6-7 square miles my delivery area is, i've already found about 12 wrong street names (mostly mispelled) and it's not as accurate for me and it's one way street info sucks. Either way both are ideal navigation apps, and i would guess it's a lot to do with where their satellites are positioned as to which app will give the best accuracy given your location. The point is it all comes down to which suits u best depending on where u live, and until someone has people all over the world test all apps and take a survey on that, nobody can really determine which is the best. My mom uses co-pilot, and she likes it, but she's used to it from being a truck driver, as far as Sygic goes....it never loaded a map for me, never gave me a gps signal, and I used AT&T Navigator when I had my Curve, and it wasn't very accurate in my area either. I purchased both apps, Tom Tom for it's accuracy in my delivery area (basically local travel) and Navigon for my highway driving cause of the lane assist.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      And sadly none (that I know of) have text to speech so the street onto which I must turn is not vocalized. Where are you Garmin?!

      Quote Originally Posted by Beastlee View Post
      NAvigon is definitely the best on the market.
      Perhaps for you... For me it claims to lose satellite reception in the middle of the open highways in Iowa on both my 3GS and my girlfriend's 3G. If you have ever been to Iowa you will understand that there is absolutely nothing able to block reception AT ALL. TomTom on the other hand has no such issues. Navigon does look prettier though, I will give you that.

      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      The best part of these threads are people ousting themselves as pirates when they can throw opinions of more than one of these apps. My favorite term is when people "try" apps.

      Unless they have a lot of money to burn...
      Most people could care less. Hell people all over the net admit to producing and using drugs, why would they care about insinuating that they pirated the app? I pirate plenty of stuff, a VAST majority of which ends up to be so terrible that I never use it again and I am happy I didn't pay for it to begin with.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      And sadly none (that I know of) have text to speech so the street onto which I must turn is not vocalized. Where are you Garmin?!
      The next update to Navigon is supposed to come with Text-to-speech
      Telenav was tested twice on two different devices in this test.
    1. indiscretion's Avatar
      indiscretion -
      after updating to 1.1 on navigon its better with controlling the music but they should really get the street names visible on the maps..still too difficult to see street names
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ I agree. Its really my only complaint about Navigon
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      SB - you've used everything, do you prefer Navigon to CoPilot? If so, why?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      SB - you've used everything, do you prefer Navigon to CoPilot? If so, why?
      CoPilot would be better than Navigon if it fixed these things:

      1. Lane Assist
      2. Qwerty Keyboard
      3. Allow copy and pasting of address (I copy and past all my appointments into Navigon)
      4. Fix some of those bugs I told you about
      5. I like how Navigon keeps the status bar visible
      6. Text to Speech needs to be in the works also (Navigon will have it on the next release)

      I like that you can read the street names in CoPilot so much better than in Navigon. The best view of street names is iGo. It creates a little bubble.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Thanks SB - will pass on.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Thanks SB - will pass on.
      Thanks and tell him I am a TomTom hater =P
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -