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Old 04-17-2011, 10:34 AM   #15
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I would never suggest using the I Phone as an aid to travel in the car because it would be far more dangerous that talking on it...
Just curious, how is the stand alone GPS any safer than a GPS app? I will stipulate that the iPhone should be on a mount when using a GPS app, not held or in your lap. The same applies to a stand alone GPS. Either way you need to have some mount.

I recently got the Navigon app, and it looks and behaves just like any of the stand alone GPS units I have used in the past. I hadn't chimed in because I really haven't used it all that long.

A few things I have noticed.

It does remember routes that you have taken vs its recommended routes and offer them as an alternative the next time you call up that saved route. For example, home to work or take me home from work. I have a preferred path that lets me avoid most traffic. After following that path, with Navigon wanting me to make several turns on the way to get back to the main roads of course, the path I prefer now shows up as an alternative. Nice feature that seems to work well. (OK, I really don't need a GPS to get to work after 15 years. )

When you arrive at your destination, Navigon tells you that you have arrived and that your destination is on the left or right. It would be nice if you could know on which side your destination is located earlier so you have time to get in the correct lane, but I guess you have a 50% chance.

When updating the app (just finished updating a few minutes ago) you need lots of free space on your iPhone. It will not install into the block of storage where the existing version resides. I installs and then removes the old version. Granted, it does retain its settings and any upgrades well. This morning I downloaded the 1.56 GB update. There was 1.6 GB free on my iPhone, but there was insufficient space to install the update. I had to remove my music to free-up space, install the update, and then re-download my music. Not a big deal, but an irritant nonetheless.

I do find that when I deviate from the route for some reason, Navigon recalculates the new route required quickly and accurately.
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:01 AM   #16
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So, I decided to go with the TomTom app. Gave it a trial run yesterday and it worked flawlessly. I tried to trick it multiple times and it was able to recalculate very quickly.

We are going on a trip soon and I will be putting it through it's paces so I will keep you updated. Thanks
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Agree with keeping the RandMcnally for backup- technology is great except when it isn't
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I have used the Navigon app with the iPhone 4. I use it nearly everyday and it has performed great with lots of options. Read the reviews and make a choice. My experience has been great with the app.
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I have found the GPS Drive by Motio X has worked great here in Northern Ca..
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:00 PM   #20
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Get the MapQuest App for your iPhone, it is free and it gives you verbal turn-by-turn directions. I travel out-of-state for work and haven't been lost yet.
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GPS's are great... until you encounter one of these... Seriously Love Garmin , hate Tom Tom and have no experience with IPhone.
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GPS's are great... until you encounter one of these... Seriously Love Garmin , hate Tom Tom and have no experience with IPhone.
????? The OP asked about IPhone APPs.
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