Review: Navigon MobileNavigator North America—$69.99 until August 15, 2009; $99.99 after
Released: June 26, 2009
Developer/Distributor: Navigon AG
Version 1.0 tested on a 16GB iPhone 3GS
I spent the last week with Navigon’s turn-by-turn GPS application for the iPhone 3G or 3GS and wrote a thorough review of Navigon MobileNavigator North America that went live over at Obsessable yesterday. You should definitely go check it out for all the details if you’re thinking about buying this software.
Pros: It’s a turn by turn GPS system with full North American maps and integrated points of interest app for your iPhone 3G or 3GS for a price (especially now while it’s on sale) that is far less than you’ll spend on a standalone GPS unit.
Cons: It’s a GPS software package running on the iPhone 3G or 3GS and therefore not as streamlined for navigation as a device built specifically for that purpose. Also, as you can read in my review, the audio instructions misfired on a few occasions, reading out directions that were both incorrect (and which would be flat out dangerous if one obeyed them blindly) and did not match up with the actual directions the display and maps on the device were providing.
Review Rating: Somewhere between Meh and YAY! (although leaning a little closer to Meh due to the incorrect audio direction glitches experienced).