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The best apps for navigation on the iPhone

David Bradforth | July 22, 2013
Find your way around with help from the iPhone and one of a number of navigation apps. We pick the best.

You've got a choice of two voices - Kate and Dave - within the UK/Ireland version, and they fulfill the traditional SatNav direction voice well.

A number of upgrades are available including additional voices, the removal of the advertising, additional maps for other countries, the speed camera database and the updated postcode database. Some upgrades come at a price, others are free.

CoPilot Live HD Premium

Supplier: CoPilot
Price: £34.99
Pros: clear maps; offline maps save data costs; integrated weather and Local search; Coordinates view option
Cons: not always clear how to get back to return to main menu; no option to report mapping errors

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CoPilot Live HD offers both offline maps; ideal for those looking to save data costs. This app makes full use of the iPhone 5 display and offers the ability to select how much space on your smartphone you'll devote to the maps. This allows you to keep your mapping data up to date without compromising the other apps on your iPhone.

Transport options cover everything from walking to biking and driving. You have the option to avoid toll roads and ferrys.

Nice additional touches include the ability to find a friends house based on your contacts list; to search for points of interest and PhotoNav - if location services were active when you took a photo the app will show you where it was taken.

GPS Navigation 2

Supplier: Skobbler
Price: £1.49
Pros: true turn-by-turn navigation, online navigation, map node, category search, portrait/landscape display
Cons: not always as clever as it thinks; installable maps are a chargeable option

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Skobbler's GPS Navigation 2 opens with five categories - Navigation, Map, Category, Upgrades and Share/Help.

Tap Navigation to be able to enter your destination address as postcode or street and house number. The app searches then takes you to the map here a blue arrow indicates your direction. The usual robotic voice tells you how to get where you're going. You can add favourite destinations such as your home address, recent destinations or any within your contact book.

From the Map option you can download maps of individual countries, continents or the world for offline use. Nice way to save money on 3G data roaming costs if you're on holiday.

The Category button lists by category the amenities close to you. It's a little on lacking side, and you may be better off using Google Maps for that.

It's a nice application, not overly expensive and one that improves while you use it thanks to the incorporation of community-based data with a quarter of a million people creating and updating maps. The ability to remove those maps you don't need is also welcome.

 

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