• Nov 27th 2009 at 1:57PM
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The season of hitting the roads to places you don't really want to go, so that you can give gifts you didn't really want to buy and eat food you don't really like has begun. Naturally, a lot more people on the road means a lot more folks getting lost. Fear not, you invincible iPhone-equipped holiday travelers: Appcast has ranked the created a list of navigation apps taking into account 31 different features and metrics.

With all the measuring they've done, they leave the decision of which one is best up to you. But with factors such as coverage area, traffic and speed camera notifications, demo routes, and even text-to-speech (including how the application handles voice instructions when the phone is playing music), you should have plenty of tools to make the best choice for your tastes.

There are seven apps tested, starting at $29.99. One of them could help make your holiday treks that much more manageable -- but they still won't eat fruitcake.

[Source: Appcast]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait till Google Navigation?
      • 5 Years Ago
      In my experience - unless the navigation application works when there is no cell signal, it will let you down when you most need it - when you don't have signal to call for directions/help.

      Use online data maps like google for when you have good signal, but also have Tom Tom (or another no signal required app/device) for when you are in the boonies without signal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ""The season of hitting the roads to places you don't really want to go, so that you can give gifts you didn't really want to buy and eat food you don't really like has begun. ""

      wow i didn't realize Scrooge had an autoblog.
        • 5 Years Ago
        While I enjoy giving gifts, I find humor in the long-running jokes about the holidays. It's a bitter-sweet situation that most find funny due to it relating to them in some way... That's why the jokes of the holidays are always funny, because people relate no matter how much they say they love this time of the year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Scrooge was on to something then, because all those statements are pretty accurate of the holidays, people just don't say it because they don't want to be called a Scrooge. I'm a realist.
        • 5 Years Ago
        nah Chibi

        i don't agree with that at all, i like the holidays, the food, old friends and family, the travel and guests... i also like the gift giving while i'm alive to see the kids, both older and younger, enjoy stuff.

        Scrooge might be your reality, he ain't mine or the little kids.
      • 5 Years Ago
      CoPilot is current discounted to $20 I believe through the weekend
      • 5 Years Ago
      I woudn't buy the TomTom on principle alone.
      Walmart had the tomtom 125 on sale today for $59, that's an entire gps unit.
      Why in god's name would anyone buy just software for $99 or even $69 on sale?
      It's dock is also one of the worst ripoffs in accessory history, for $99 you should get the mount and the software.

      Navigon is decent, but again, even at $69 it's a bit much.

      And with my experience with someone in the car guiding us with both those programs, i'd say buy neither, get a garmin unit on sale and be done with it.
      In a pinch, use google maps.

      When these companies stop overcharging for software, less people will use pirated copies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Think he's going a little fast to be searching for pizza and taking screenshots? lol

      • 5 Years Ago
      I must say, after buying the TomTom app for iPhone in Australia, I am hugely dissappointed like many Aussies are.

      Its not up to the TomTom name. A crap app, and certainly not worth the money. Its much less accurate than TomTom on my 3 year old JasJam and much slower.

      The leading contender in Oz seems to be Sygic.

      Unfortuntately the apple App store only seems to le us view Australian comments, so I cant see if the experience is the same in other countries.

      What ic an say is tha in cities - even not surrounded by tall buildings, its rubbish compared to what it should be.

      • 5 Years Ago

      Or print them off, even! Or bring along a paper map.

      It's no use, is it? People just want to use every possible electronic gadget, even if it's more trouble than the old standard, in this case a map.

      I don't get it. I guess I'm just too old.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GPS is a lot easier to use than a map. Search > Select > Drive Also, the way a lot of these new internet GPS systems work, they are always up to date. I think I've bought one paper map ever for a ridiculous $10 or something, used it once and now it's probably outdated. Not to mention I don't recall any maps having nearly every store and restaurant listed... let alone listed in your exact radius at that minute.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i'm also old but....

        i plan on taking a road trip, alone, next spring or early summer. west to east and back on US80, about 5700 miles. i've done it several times in the past. there are a couple tricky spots to navigate. Salt Lake City 80/15 interchange, 80 into tri-state Indiana, and as i remember from last time Youngstown Oh. they get tricky because traffic is usually moving fast, and anticipating the correct lane to make turn offs is difficult when you get behind trucks and can't see the overhead signs and arrows soon enough.. a GPS or phone app helps anticipate whats coming up next when you haven't memorized a number of directions and can't pick up a map and read it while driving.

        i'll probably pick up an inexpensive GPS for those reasons alone, since i have a "cheesy" phone ( my granddaughters call it that) which doesn't support downloads, picture taking, or music playing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Google Maps for Droid (and i Phone)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tom Tom is having a sale on there app. It is $69.99 until November 30, 2009.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @mike: wrong! apple, along with the iphones massive following, will never take on android.

      just wait for the free google nav...they've already announced it's coming to the iphone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I found a very nice navigation application at a low price. It is doing all I need. I think the name is Navigart or something like this.
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