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iPhone Navigation App Comparison Chart

First Published: 10th August 2009

Last Updated: 6th August 2012

Comparison chart by Matthew Morley (MaFt), Mike Alder, Darren Griffin & Mike Barrett

 

Related Articles: Have iPhone will travel (in depth review / comparison along with videos)

 

When OS3.0 was released for the iPhone back in 2009 Turn by Turn Navigation apps were finally allowed by Apple's sometimes very restrictive rules. Since then, a steady stream of navigation apps have been appearing in the AppStore but with no demo's or 'lite' versions it is rather difficult for users to make decisions about which to buy. In an aid to help iPhone users in their quest PocketGPSWorld.com have put together this comparison chart highlighting the main features of each app that is currently available. As new apps are released we aim to keep this as up to date as possible.

 

Notes:

 - This is a 'live' document, regularly updated with the latest information and updates.

 - The table shows the features of the latest/current version of the app. If you seem to have features missing on your iPhone then make sure you have the latest update from the AppStore.

 

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Last updated: 12:36, 6th August 2012
 
Navigon
Garmin
iGO Primo
Co-Pilot
TomTom
NAVV (formerly NDrive)
CoPilot Live Premium
Navmii
Magellan RoadMate 2010
Nav4D
Sygic Navigation
Icon
iPhone 3G / 3GS / 4 / 4S

Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
(ONLY works on iPhone 4)
Yes
iPad 3G
Yes (Universal) No Yes (Universal) Yes
(Separate app)
Yes (Universal) No Yes
(Separate app)
Yes
(UK version only, separate app)
  No Yes (Universal)
iPod Touch / iPhone Classic
Yes (with appropriate GPS accessory) No No No Yes (with car kit) No No Yes (with G-Fi GPS Unit) Yes (with car kit) No Yes (with appropriate GPS accessory)
Current Version
2.1 2.0 2.3.2

8.2.0.1177

1.10 (one point ten) 11.4.04 9.1.0.350 1.9.6 2.2.1 3.0.0 12.1
Price (£GBP)

£20.99 - £79.99 dependent on region / maps.

£27.99 - £39.99 dependent on region / maps.

£137.49 - £69.99 dependent on region / maps.

£17.99 - £49.99 dependent on region / maps.

£34.99 - £79.99 dependent on region / maps.

£7.99 - £49.99 dependent on region / maps.

£13.99 - £39.99

£2.99 - £22.99

£27.99 - £34.99

£1.99 - £34.99 dependent on region / maps.

Monthly use fees then apply (In-app purchase)

£10.49 - £44.99 dependent on region / maps.

App Size

Regional: 100 - 600MB

Continent: 1.4 - 1.7GB

Regional: 804MB

Continent: 1.2 - 1.8GB

Continent: 212MB - 1.4GB

Regional: 160 - 400MB

Continent: 1.1 - 1.7GB

Regional: 150 - 450MB

Continent: 1.2 - 1.9GB

Regional: 100 - 480MB

Continent: 1.5 - 2.0GB

200MB - 1.8GB

100MB - 313MB

1.5GB

60mb - 400mb 200mb - 1.7gb
Main Map Provider
NavTeq NavTeq NavTeq

NavTeq

(ALK Maps in USA)

TeleAtlas / TomTom NavTeq NavTeq TeleAtlas / TomTom NavTeq NavTeq TeleAtlas / TomTom
Map Version
© 2011 2012.10 [unsure] 2009 ? (not clear!) [unsure] [unsure] [unsure] Not published   2010 [unsure]
Map Type

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

 

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

Onboard
(see AppStore for available regions)

Map Updates
Updated May 2011
Since v2.0 mapupdates are now an in-app purchase
Updated December 2011

Free quarterly

Last updated April 2012

Unknown Free quarterly In-app purchase (£10.99) Unknown Free for the first 12 months ? Unknown Unknown Updated January 2011
 
Navigon

Garmin

iGO Primo
Co-Pilot
TomTom
NAVV (formerly NDrive)
CoPilot Live Premium
Navmii
Magellan RoadMate 2010
Nav4D
Sygic Navigation
 
Spoken Directions
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text to Speech (TTS)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (£2.99 in-app purchase (lifetime))

FREE in USA version ?

Yes Yes (in-app purchase £3.99)   Limited to 'A' and 'M' road numbers. Yes  

Limited to road numbers.

Mute / Pause / Lower Music for directions and alerts
Yes (2 modes: AudioBook (fades to pause), Music (lowers volume but keeps playing) Yes
Lowers volume during speech
Yes
Pauses music for directions
Yes
Lowers volume during speech
Yes
Lowers volume during speech
Yes
Lowers volume during speech
  Yes
Pauses then restarts
Yes
Pauses then restarts
Yes
Lowers volume during speechYes
Pauses then restarts
Yes
Pauses then restarts
Yes
Pauses then restarts
Yes
Yes
Pauses then restarts
Yes
Pauses then restarts
Yes
Pauses then restarts

Yes
Pauses then restarts
Yes
Lowers volume during speech
2D View
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes
3D View
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (adjust viewing angle from 2D to get 3D)   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Turn by Turn List
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Road Book)   Yes   Yes (strangely called 'Book') Yes
3D Landmarks
No
but 3D Terrain available as in-app purchase
Yes Yes No No Yes   Yes Yes Yes (in-app purchases) Yes (Terrain & buildings available as in-app purchase)
Points of Interest (POI)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Call POI
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   No Yes Yes (but misses the '0' from area code) Yes
Show Road Speed
Yes Yes Yes (only if speeding) Yes Yes Yes   Yes(only if speeding)   No Yes
Overspeed Warning
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes (visual only) Yes (only when navigating)

No

Yes
Road Sign Display
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   No Yes No Yes
Lane Assistant
Yes (active / animated) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes   Yes
Custom POI
No No No Yes (requires 3rd party software) Yes (requires 3rd party software) No       No Yes
Custom POI Alerts
No No No YesYes No No       No Yes
Speed Cameras
Yes Yes No Yes Yes(in-app purchase) Yes Yes Yes (In-App purchase)   No Yes (SCDB)
User can install PGPSW Speed Cameras
No No No Yes (requires 3rd party software) Yes (requires 3rd party software) No warnings No   No   No Yes
Add / Remove Favourites
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes
7-Digit Postcode Search (UK)

Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes N/A No Yes
Live Search
Yes (Google) Yes (Google) Yes Yes (Google) Yes Yes
(Google)
Yes (Google Search)Yes
(Google)
Yes
(Google & Bing)
Yes (Google) No Yes
(Google)
QWERTY Keyboard
Yes Yes Yes

Yes

Yes Yes   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Navigate to Contact
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   No Yes No Yes
Navigate to Photo
No No Yes No Yes No   No No No Yes
Itinerary / Waypoints
Yes Yes One single via Yes One single via Yes   No Yes No Yes
Avoid Roads / Detour
Yes Yes
Detour
No Yes
Avoid Roads
Yes Yes   No     Yes
Detour
iCloud Backup for Favourites / Settings
No No No No No No No No No No Yes
 
Navigon

Garmin

iGO Primo
Co-Pilot
TomTom
NAVV (formerly NDrive)
CoPilot Live Premium
Navmii
Magellan RoadMate 2010
Nav4D
Sygic Navigation
 
Vehicle Types (for routing)
(5)
Car / Motorbike Lorry / Bicycle / Pedestrian

None

(6)
Car / Pedestrian / Bicycle / Emergency / Bus / Taxi

(5)
Automobile / RV (Motor Home) / Motorbike / Bicycle / Walking
(3)
Car / Walking / Bicycle
None   None (2)
Car / Pedestrian
(3)
Car / Pedestrian / Truck
(2)
Car / Pedestrian
Route Types
(4)
Fast / Optimum / Short / Scenic
(3)
Faster / Shorter / Off-Road
(4)
Fast / Short / Green / Easy
User Definable (7)
Fastest / Shortest / EcoRoute / Avoid / Motorway / Walking / Bicycle / Limited Speed
(4)
Shortest / Fastest / Adventure / Pedestrian
  (2)
Fastest / Shortest
(2)
Fastest / Shortest
(3)
Fastest / Cheapest / Shortest
(3)
Fastest / Shortest / Economic
Route Options
Motorways / Toll Roads / Ferries / Resident Only Streets
Avoid: U-Turns / Motorways / Toll Roads / Traffic / Ferries / Car Share Lanes / Unpaved Roads Unpaved Roads / Ferries / Per Use Toll / Period Charge / Motorways Tolls / Ferries / Scenic / Congestion Zones (5)
Toll Road
Ferry Crossing
HOV Lanes
Unpaved roads
IQ Routes (on/ off)
Tolls / Traffic   Warn if Toll Road Most Use of Highways / Least Use of Highways Motorways / Tolls Toll Roads
Traffic
Yes (In-App purchase £17.49 for lifetime)

Yes (In-App purchase of Traffic Live - with photos)

Yes Yes (£19.99 in-app purchase (12months) with fuel)

Yes
(£3.99/mth, £26.99/yr)

Yes (in-app purchase) Yes (in-app purchase) No Yes No Yes (purchase via website)
Live Fuel Prices
No No No Yes (£19.99 in-app purchase (12months) with traffic) No No   No No No No
Configurable Map Colours
No No Yes Yes Yes Yes   No No No No
Night Mode
Yes (Auto) Yes (Auto) Yes (Auto) Yes(Auto) Yes (Auto) Yes (Auto) Yes (Auto) Yes (Auto) Yes (Auto) Yes (Auto) Yes (Auto)
Configurable Pointer
No Yes Yes
(but only day/night available for menu and map)
No Yes No   No No No No
iOS3 - Relaunch Remembers Destination
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes   Yes
iOS4 - FastApp Switching
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes       Yes   Yes
iOS4 - Background Directions
Yes Yes Yes Yes (with option for 'pop up' message) Yes       Yes   Yes
Auto Portrait / Landscape
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Yes

  Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPhone Gestures (i.e. does it FEEL like a native iPhone app)
Yes Yes Yes Some Yes Yes   Yes Yes Some Yes
iPod Control
Yes No Yes Yes Yes No   Yes Yes No No
Other Features

Email current location / destination.
Post location to Twitter / Facebook
Custom URL Scheme allows websites/3rd party apps to set destination in app.
Pedestrian Mode uses built-in compass.
Weather at destination.
Parking nearby destination.

MyReport allows user to submit map corrections

MyMaps - only store the maps you need - frees up space

Share locatios via Facebook / SMS

Weather - 5 day forecasts

Where am I.
Help nearby.

Share to Facebook

Live link (buddy tracking and messaging).
Weather.
Road side assist.
Custom routing profiles.

App is now superceded. Existing users can get all features of CoPilot GPS for free by entering their CoPilot ID in the new app.

IQ Routes-II
TomTom Car kit
Share location via email, Facebook, Twitter

Can buy voices as In-App purchase.

Choose which POIs to display on map

Auto zoom

Disclaimer nag screen can be turned off.

Twitter & Facebook status updates

Rotate map in 2D mode

Driver safety mode

Auto-zoom at junction

Find my Car

Facebook integration

Live weather, friend tracking etc

Facebook integration.

Turn after next turn indicator.

Set your own spoken warnings.

Quirks / Tips

 

 

Turn off the annoying beeps on every button press at 'Settings > Sound and Warnings > Key Sounds'

Go to 'Settings > Show more options' to all options.
Create custom routing profile for more accurate routes and times.

Can use custom Navigation voices if Jailbroken

Custom map colour themes can be created if jailbroken (simply edit xml files).

 

During navigation tap the top left arrow to view Driver safety mode.

Very talkative in built up areas!

 

Tricky to use, menu system is not logical.

 

Pros

Best adaptation of iPhone gestures / menus

Very high quality TTS

  Free map updates.
Has the smoothest portrait-landscape transition
Price / value for money.
Loads of voices available.

Easy to use interface
IQ Routes
HD Traffic

Loads of regions / maps available.

 

Fast and easy to use interface.

Very clear mapping

 

None

Very smooth animation even on iPhone 3G.

Universal app.

Cons
Lack of POI warnings.

 

 

Default routing profile leads to poor routes and innacurate times.

Regular updates often change features and/or add new bugs.

No custom POI support other than view on map
No custom POI warnings

HD Traffic 'single day' option has been removed.

It was NDrive which was taken out of AppStore due to persistant problems...

 

No TTS
No Lane Guidance

No navigate to contacts

Lack of waypoints.

 

Not user-friendly at all.

Postcode search doesn't seem to function.

Call POI doesn't work as the '0' is missed from dialling code.

Generally poor!

Subscription service for navigation!

Limited routing options.

 

References

Pocket GPS World Contributors

Matthew Morley (MaFt), Mike Alder, Darren Griffin & Mike Barrett

   

 

Comments
Posted by bedbug on Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:33 pm Reply with quote

pgpsw rocks! Thanks MaFt - great work!


iPhone 4/4S (iOS 5.1.1); TomTom Western Europe (1.10)/USA & Canada (1.10); CoPilot for iPhone (8), UK mapping, Mac OS 10.8/XP Pro/Win7; Tongue often firmly in cheek!

 
Posted by bedbug on Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:49 pm Reply with quote

How about a 'querks' category?

For Co-Pilot, I'd suggest:

enable 'show more options' to access all preferences
the need to create a custom routing profile, otherwise routing not reliable.


iPhone 4/4S (iOS 5.1.1); TomTom Western Europe (1.10)/USA & Canada (1.10); CoPilot for iPhone (8), UK mapping, Mac OS 10.8/XP Pro/Win7; Tongue often firmly in cheek!

 
Posted by mikealder on Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:20 am Reply with quote

I like the idea of a "Querks" category,

For I-Go "Igo / settings / sounds and warnings / key presses" otherwise the software beeps everytime you touch the screen - drove me nuts for a few days last week - Mike


 
Posted by alan_dr on Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:32 am Reply with quote

Great - thanks for that!


Alan - iPhone 5 64GB, with CamerAlert, TomTom Europe & CoPilot

 
Posted by MaFt on Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:10 am Reply with quote

"Quirks / Tips" section added - feel free to post your own!

i also just realised that of the 3 i own (sygic, igo, copilot) igo has, by far, the smoothest transition between landscape and portrait modes!

MaFt


I have the flat cap, just need a whippet...

 
Posted by SSR on Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:27 am Reply with quote

Very useful! Now hurry up TomTom...


 
Posted by sui on Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:59 am Reply with quote

Woww... what a nice review! Some comments about iGO:

- Text-to-speech: coming soon
- Navigate to contacts: coming very soon (next update)
- Waypoints: 1 via point, coming very soon (next update)

Suggested new row:
- Traffic (TMC): coming soon

( Source: http://www.igomyway.com/en/features.html )


 
Posted by SSR on Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:50 am Reply with quote

An important thing with traffic is to cite the source, if known. There's good traffic and bad traffic info!


 
Posted by MaFt on Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:39 am Reply with quote

3 new fields added:

iPod control
traffic
QWERTY keyboard

updated the 'coming soon' bits for igo too. ta for link!

can someone tell me if navigon has a qwerty keyboard?

MaFt


I have the flat cap, just need a whippet...

 
Posted by MaFt on Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:53 am Reply with quote

SSR Wrote:
An important thing with traffic is to cite the source, if known. There's good traffic and bad traffic info!


yep - once traffic is add we will include the provider (when known!)

also added 'Call POI' too

MaFt


I have the flat cap, just need a whippet...

 
Posted by mikealder on Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:29 pm Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
can someone tell me if navigon has a qwerty keyboard?

Yes it uses the iPhones Qwerty keyboard - Mike


 
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