Garmin releases StreetPilot for iPhone
Garmin just released StreetPilot for iPhone, the newest addition to their mobile line-up of GPS apps. The app boasts a lot of the same features nüvi owners already enjoy. StreetPilot has up to date map support for both the US and Canada. All maps and directions are pulled from Garmin's servers so you can expect the same quality directions as a native GPS unit. Since maps are pulled from the server, the app only takes up around 7 MB of space on your phone. Hit the jump for a few initial impressions, some screens, and a list of features.
I had some time to play with StreetPilot earlier today and found it extremely intuitive and easy to navigate. Not only that, the UI is nicely designed as well. I liked the layout of the weather portion a lot and I'm considering using it for weather too. Voice navigation worked just as you'd expect it to. I also tried out the pedestrian directions as well. It re-routed me on a shorter route that didn't take one way streets into consideration. All in all, it worked well.
One thing I noticed while playing with optional settings was that the iPod controls need some work. I couldn't always get it to add the correct songs to a playlist. And skipping a track didn't always register and you'd have to push the on screen button again.
Holding down on any part of a map will bring up a pop-up menu that allows you to choose that location as a destination, find something nearby, save the location, or display the address. There are little shortcuts throughout the app that seemed pretty well thought out. I'm looking forward to using this app on our next trip. If you've picked this up, let us know what you think. If not, what's your favorite GPS app?
For those of you still debating on GPS apps, here's a list of StreetPilot's main features -
-Always up-to-date maps for the U.S. and Canada
-Voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions including street names
-Real-time traffic updates to avoid traffic delays
-Speed limits for most major roads
-Integrated Local Search
-Millions of points of interest
-Lane assist with junction view for complicated interchanges
-Address book integration to navigate to contacts
-Integrated iPod® music controls
-Multi-tasking on iOS4 for navigating while calling
-Current weather conditions and forecast
-Place calls directly from search listing
-Navigate in both portrait and landscape mode
-Easy to install with quick load times