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Old 08-31-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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Garmin iPhone apps on sale this weekend..

Both the Garmin North America and Garmin USA apps for the iPhone are on sale for Labor Day weekend. Both are $10 off with prices of $39 and $29 respectively. North America includes the US, Canada, Mexico and a number of islands in the Caribbean. Garmin USA includes the US, excluding Alaska, and some islands. You can not add Canada, Mexico, etc. as an upgrade.

Both apps allow in-app purchases of Fuel pricing for $10/yr and Traffic for $20/yr.

Unlike Garmin's previous iOS app this one does incude full maps in the application and does not require an active data connection to use.

The interface is similar to a Nuvi, had a decent and simple to use interface and easy-to-understand display, though a bit simpler compared to other applications. It includes a number of voices (all female) that provide both text-to-speech (which will read street names, but sounds slightly robotic) and natural sounding voices (which won't read street names). I had no problem listening to "Jill" the English TTS voice. Languages included English, Spanish and Canadian French.

Maps display in both 2d and 3d, with day and night display options, but you don't have any choices in color palette, unlike some other apps.

It will calculate fastest, shortest or off-road routes, no option for an "eco" route. You can set up avoidances (like toll roads or ferries), but not choose walking, driving, biking. You have a choice of vehicle icons to use including a beachball, car, SUV, bird or hiking boots.

Traveling a fair bit I happen to have a number of navigation apps for both my iPhone and iPad including Navigon, TomTom, CoPilot and MotionX, so I can do a pretty fair comparison.

I have to say CoPilot Premium is still my favorite, with Navigon (who was bought up by Garmin a few weeks ago) a close second. Navigon wins with a one-time purchase for traffic updates, but a rather lack-luster interface. CoPilot has many more bells-and-whistles but the UI is a little more complex than both other apps. CoPilot has had some trouble finding exact addresses I've looked for, but could usually find one close by so I could find exactly where I was looking for once I got there. The Garmin application also did not have built-in music controls, although it didn't stop music that I started playing from the iTunes application before launching Garmin.

One feature I like about CoPilot is it will show many nearby points of interest as you travel around, stores, places to eat, entertainment, hospitals, etc. Even with Garmin POI turned to "more" it didn't seem to show me anything. Makes it hard to "browse" what is in the local area, you just can't.

Anyway, just wanted to pass this information on in case anyone was shopping for a Navigation app. If you have a decent phone they are quite a bit cheaper than buying a dedicated navigation unit. I would still recommend CoPilot over the Garmin application, and it will still be my primary navigation application, hopefully Garmin will make improvements in the future just as they did with pre-loaded maps.


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Have you used this on your IPAD? I have an IPAD and am not really enthused about having to get an Iphone/Android for some of this stuff. can you pair your IPAD to your MFT like an Ipod or Iphone?
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Mapquest ftw. And theres a free app for gas pricing, its always correct too. Thats not bad though!
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The Garmin apps are for the iPhone. While they will run on an iPad they only do so in a small window, or at 2x size which is very ugly. If you are looking for a navigation app for the iPad you need to buy one that is universal (Navigon) or iPad specific (CoPilot HD).
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The Garmin apps are for the iPhone. While they will run on an iPad they only do so in a small window, or at 2x size which is very ugly. If you are looking for a navigation app for the iPad you need to buy one that is universal (Navigon) or iPad specific (CoPilot HD).
Will have to take a look at those
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Mapquest ftw. And theres a free app for gas pricing, its always correct too. Thats not bad though!
I cant tell you how many times MapQuest lead me in wrong direction or took me through 3 states to get somewhere! The app looks really good though, personally, I like the actual TomTom GPS. Can be your BFF if your traveling through parts of NJ :)
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I use my GoogleMaps app on my iPhone when I'm on foot. When I've in the car, my Garmin Nuvi takes over...I'd rather a sturdy piece of equipment as a car nav, if not an in-dash design.
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