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By Rene Ritchie
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 7:19 am EST
Live from Macworld 2010, Rene and Leanna talk to Bernd Hahn, product manager for NAVIGON MobileNavigator [$89.99 - iTunes link] about the latest additions for the iPhone, and his thoughts on the iPad.
When's it coming out?
The Droid comes with better GPS software FREE. Apple best be preparing similar, if not better stock GPS options on their OS 4.0 devices if they want to keep me loyal.
Google's Navigation is nice, but I wouldn't trust it if I didn't already know where I was going. Many times it routed me to the wrong place.
was this filmed on a 3gs?
I'm still waiting for the Google nav ....... Come on already. :(
these guys get it.
they charge a lot for their app, and realize they've got to go out there and earn it.
... and that's exactly what they do.
striatic, spot on. unlike tomtom who for the most part just ignore everyone, have complete radio silence and only update if they have to, users were lucky to get the text-to-speech
Pause@0:50. The demo phone is running on T-Mobile. They're demoing there phone on a jailbroken iPhone. That's awesome! Take that Mr. Jobs. LOL
I want this app
This app is awesome. I use it all the time. My stand-alone Garmin stays at home. I can't wait for the upcoming update they mentioned in the video...Panoramic 3D!! Looks so awesome. I got a chance to demo it at MacWorld.
Navigon...you guys are incredible.
wow one of the best nav apps ive seen. I may consider this one. Great interview!
This app is great and completely worth the price. My wife and I just moved to a new city and we both use it constantly to get around.
BEen looking for a turn by turn app for a while and this seems to be up there at the top in available apps.
Now THAT is a beautiful navigation application! The pricepoint is a little high for my blood, but I really gotta say, they are trying to make it worth every penny...and doing an admirable job. I Actually think this would function really well on a 3G iPad, and hope they consider making it look fantastic on a large display. Seriously, who wouldn't benefit just a bit from a larger screen GPS? (Definitely me)
I'm trying to be patient waiting for 1.5 to drop. I have 2 Garmin Nüvi's in our cars, but Navigon provides better routes and a better UI. Live traffic re-routing worked great in southern California. Expensive app, but I've been pleased.
BTW, an iPad optimized version would be off the chain! I'd love having a big ass 9.7" GPS app in my lap while I co-pilot (I'm thinking the ipad car mount would be problematic).
Holy carp this looks really well done. NAVIGON seems to be ramping up the innovation and precise attention to detail and quality in response to Google's implementation of mobile navigation in Android 2.1. I trust they will keep it up.
Also, @Dyvim - could not agree more.
Also, the day we see iPads in police cars will be disastrous for the speeders among us.
This looks pretty neat. My only beef is the price. I can't really afford any of the expensive navigation apps, so Google maps will continue to get my love until someone comes along that isn't asking me to juice my battery for roughly the cost of a dedicated GPS.
@Matt, while you can get a stand-alone GPS device for little more than the price of these premium navigation apps, these apps have the features of $200-$300 GPS devices. The cheap ones usually don't do spoken street names, lane assist, junction view, traffic, multi-point routing etc, and usually graphics/UI aren't as nice as the higher-priced devices. That said, I have a dedicated GPS device for each car because in many cases using my phone isn't practical (esp. if you have more drivers than iPhones). On the other hand, the phone is almost always with you (even when you're riding with friends and family who may not have a GPS), and if you have multiple iPhones in your family, you can buy the app once and use it on all your iPhones. And as I mentioned in many cases, $70 Navigon gives me better routes than my $200 Garmin Nüvi devices.
Check this out: Navigon now offers Region only versions (West, Central, or South) for $25 with additional regions available for $13 via in-app purchases. This would have been a better deal for me than $69 for US + Canada (most of which I'll never use) even though I do need both East and West.http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/navigon-releases-lower-pr...
I wish I had gotten this app rather than the TomTom. I have used a TomTom PND for years and was very happy with it but the iPhone version just doesn't cut it. My $3 Motion-X GPS is hands down better than the TomTom. I've been hearing a lot of good reviews about this app recently and now with the regional versions available the price is much more reasonable. And I hear upgrading to a new region is a breeze. Also like the look of this new routing choice. I almost never like the first choice a GPS app gives me as my route so it's nice to have a choice. I am seriously thinking about ditching the TomTom app.
I'm hoping this will be able to replace the garmin in my car. Not having that sit in my car all the time would be nice.
using the iphone to replace your gps is a great idea
I'm likewise waiting to be able to replace the Garmin with an iPhone app -- the app makers definitely have their work cut out for them now that El Goog is providing nav for free on that other platform - wonder if that will make it's way to iPhone.
Google nav for Android for free is nice, but after 2 years trying to get by with just the iPhone's Maps app, I know there's a reason why apps with built-in maps have their place: you can't always rely on your connection, esp while traveling interstate. Also GPS plus constantly downloading map data kills your battery even faster than GPS alone. Sometimes a car charger can't keep pace with the drain. At least with Navigon it breaks even while charging (doesn't gain charge but doesn't lose it either). But yeah free cloud nav would be a great option.
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