Garmin tells iPhone users where to go
Satnav giant Garmin's first turn-by-turn navigation app for iPhone makes its debut at CES this week.
The StreetPilot App grants users unlimited access to Garmin's navigation system. Greeted by two simple options: 'Where to?' and 'View Map', customers can look up addresses or services and while on the move, receive voice prompts with spoken street names.
The app basically turns your iPhone into a Garmin satnav and includes similar features such as free traffic alerts, lane assist with junction views and speed limit indicators. StreetPilot also boasts iTunes and address book integration and continues to run in the background when a phone call comes in.
The StreetPilot App is on show at CES 2011 and is available now for $40 (£26) from the App Store. ®
Don't bring Garmin to Cambodia ... doesn't know it's head from the other end
We get great GPS signals here in Cambodia, being near the equator, but the Garmin mapping system is useless - most of the roads are way off the reality.
It won't matter what smartphone you use, with duff maps you are really lost.
Its a one time
Dude.. if that were true, would be great. But I look at the history of the company (and yes, other navigator companies too); and all I see is sucker punches. For example, I have a 2 year old Garmin. It's completely flummoxed when I go ANYWHERE.. why? Because it's outta date. To upgrade will cost around $30.
And sure.. I hear the argument that App store apps are typically free for update - not really, if you thought about it. Update to the SOFTWARE, sure; but the DATA (ie, what they usually rip you off for), that is the maps? Have yet to see any similar app offer that too for free... the ONLY exception being GMaps..
LOOK at this app
OK, yes, you CAN get GMaps, Mapquest, and a few other fairly competent free GPS nav apps.
However, look at what this is offering above and beyond basic and simple "turn now" navigation...
There's a frigging rendering of the street sign, and indicators not just "exit left" but which lane to be in at any point and time to avoid being in exit only lanes, or so that you can know both right lanes will exit so you don;' have to change to the rightmost one.
The route planners are actually customizable beyond "shortest" and "fastest"
Speed limit identification for most roads
Real time traffic (yes some free ones do this, including map quest and Google, but they're not that good)
music controls IN the app (no switching)
integrated weather conditions
portrait and landscape mode (only some do this)
Maps are not only loaded on-the-fly, but also work offline for pre-plotted routes. Free map updates are in fact included, and always up-to-date (no annual updates)
Continues voice prompts in the background even when on a call.
Yes, around my town where i know the major and complex intersections by heart, and simply need to find back roads and the odd store, Google and other free solutions are fine. If I was headed through NY, DC, Hartford, Boston etc? trust me, I've tried (and failed) to use simple turn-only GPS in those cities. Knowing what LANE to be in is a damned important feature if you are not familiar with the city. Getting real time traffic and more, even placing calls from within the app without changing screens, and with continual map updates from the same systems that support the Nuvi? Its a one time $40 investment that is far superior to anything available for less.