Android Sat Nav Apps

Here's a comparison and mini-review of some Sat Nav apps for the T-Mobile G1, HTC Magic, Hero and others running the Android platform. Some of these apps are free, some have a free trial, and some are paid-for sat nav applications. Until fairly recently, decent sat-nav software for Android was quite thin on the ground, but now we are spoilt for choice. The Android platform has always had the excellent Google Maps application built-in, but if you want turn-by-turn navigation, you will have to install a third-party sat-nav program such as one of those listed below. I've included a brief review and opinions of the apps as well as costs, phone memory footprint, and where to download them. The screenshots are mostly in portrait mode, but all the sat nav apps featured here also work in landscape mode if you prefer.

21/04/10 - Google Maps Navigation Released!

News Flash! Google Maps Navigation has finally been released in the UK!

Some of the applications store their maps on the phone's SD card, allowing routing to be calculated on the phone itself. Other satnav apps require an Internet connection to request routing information from servers on the Internet. The more professional paid-for sat nav applications tend to store the maps locally on the phone's SD card and calculate routes on the phone itself. Storing the sat-nav maps on the phone is great as the routing will work even when you have no mobile signal, and it won't use up your download limit, but it does take up loads of space on your memory card. Other apps that request routing and mapping from the Internet have the advantage of always giving you up-to-date sat nav maps and speed camera information, but of course will only work if you have a decent mobile signal. I've stated with each review which method each sat nav app uses, so you can see which one is right for you.

Nav4All

Nav4All
Nav4All SatNav Icon Cost: FREE (for now)
Phone Memory: 1.4Mb
http://www.nav4all.com
Review: Dec 2009
Download from Android Market
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   4/10

Nav4All has been around for years, with java versions available for all sorts of phones, but is now available for Android phones too. At the time of writing, the Nav4All website says that the program is free until 01/01/2010, even though that date has now passed. But it's been free "for the next few months" for years, so I wouldn't be surprised to see this date moved forward again anyway. It's a very mature application and quite stable now, but is rather simplistic and doesn't offer a map navigation view, instead offering arrow navigation. Directions are loud and clear and the view of the arrows is very clean and easy to read. Where the arrow navigation falls down is where you are trying to navigate a roundabout and you're instructed to take, say, the third exit. You might really need to double-check the direction from the map view to know which exit it means. Still, Nav4All does do full UK postcode matching, although in my experience, its maps are often a bit out of date.

Nav4All For Android SatNav Arrow View Arrow navigation in Nav4All
Nav4All For Android SatNav Menus Frustrating menus in Nav4All

What is most annoying about Nav4All is navigating the menus, of which there are many! The menus are simply lists and lists of options, which used to be fine scrolling up and down on older phones with navikeys, but now Nav4All has been ported to the Android's touch screen interface, it just doesn't work. It's almost impossible to pick options from the menus and will almost certainly have you mounting pavements and dispatching pedestrians if you try to do this whilst driving. Nav4All doesn't store its maps on the phone itself, instead going online to use the internet servers to calculate routes. The routing servers have been fast and reliable for me, and provide an excellent service for free.

Compared to some of the more modern sat nav applications Nav4All seems dated and its interface is poor, but it is free, lightweight, fast and stable.

28/01/10 - Nav4All Shut Down

Unfortunately, it looks like Nav4All is no longer. Navteq have terminated Nav4All's licensing for the maps. Big shame.

AndNav / AndNav2

AndNav / AndNav2
AndNav SatNav Icon Cost: FREE
Phone Memory: 6Mb
http://www.andnav.org
Download from Android Market Review: Dec 2009
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   3/10

AndNav is a completely free, ad-supported sat nav application for Android and is quite advanced in terms of its features. Like Nav4All, it requires an internet connection to allow the AndNav servers to calculate your route. But unlike Nav4All, it does display (2D) maps as you drive, but does this by downloading maps as graphics bit by bit as you move around. The program's interface is clunky but works better than Nav4All's.

AndNav2 SatNav Crashing Navigation in AndNav2
AndNav2 SatNav Menus Menus in AndNav2

The problems with AndNav are that firstly, as standard, it doesn't do full UK postcode matching. For me, this renders the program almost useless. Secondly, the servers that provide the routing calculation are terribly slow and unreliable. They often takes minutes to calculate or recalculate routes, and sometimes fail altogether. Thirdly, as the maps are downloaded on-the-fly, sometimes bits of maps are unavailable as you pass through areas with no signal. This leaves you looking at a blank screen with a dot in the middle. Not very useful. The final nail in the coffin for AndNav is that the program often crashes while navigating.

AndNav is still a work-in-progress Android app and has so much potential, but isn't much use for me right now. But it's free and available from the Android Market. So you can try it for yourself.

amAze

amAze
amAze GPS SatNav Icon Cost: 26.99 Euro/year
http://www.amazegps.com/
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   0/10

amAze is another sat nav program that's been around for years on other platforms like Symbian and has now been released for Android. I've been looking forward to testing this for ages, but after struggling through the ridiculous menu system, it doesn't even look worth it.

Wisepilot

Wisepilot
Wisepilot SatNav Icon Cost: 69.95 Euros/year (Europe)
Phone Memory: 2.2Mb
http://www.wisepilot.com
Review: Dec 2009
Download from Android Market
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   8/10
Wisepilot SatNav Menu Screenshot Classy looking and very functional Wisepilot menus

Wisepilot is another Internet based sat-nav app available for Android. Routing is performed on Wisepilot servers. The maps are not stored the phone, but are instead rendered in real time by the phone into an excellent 3D view. Full UK postcode matching is supported, and address and routes are calculated really fast. In my experience, the servers have been really fast and 100% reliable. Points of interest, such as speed cameras are included. The look of the user-interface is really clean, intuitive and slick, and is the most responsive of all the android sat nav programs. What you get for your money is a subscription for a year or two years of the service. As it's an online service, you will always be using the most up-to-date maps and POIs.

It's miles ahead of the free sat nav programs, but then it's quite expensive and you get what you pay for.

Copilot Live 8

Copilot Live 8
Copilot Live 8 SatNav Icon Cost: £26.99 UK
Phone Memory: 15Mb + maps on SD card
http://www.alk.eu.com
Review: v8 Dec 2009
Download from Android Market
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   8/10

Copilot Live 8 is the brand new version of the very popular Copilot paid-for sat nav software that's now available for Android. It's a proper stand-alone sat nav program that stores its maps on the SD card in your phone, so it can it can work entirely without an internet connection. It's the most feature packed, professional sat nav solution here, offering all the features and a great interface. It boasts big, clear 3D mapping and everything from petrol prices and weather updates to live traffic information via the Internet. You can also import POI databases from the Internet allowing you update your speed camera information alerts.

Copilot Live 8 Sat-Nav map view screenshot Excellent but slow 3D mapping in Copilot Live 8
Copilot Live 8 Sat-nav menu screenshot Menus in Copilot Live 8

But unfortunately Copilot Live is very resource hungry and runs quite slowly on older handsets such as the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic. The great looking interface is really well designed and works well, but often lags behind when you press buttons on the screen. Redrawing of the 3D maps is also pretty slow as you drive around, but is normally just about fast enough. It's a shame it struggles a bit on the G1 and Magic because otherwise Copilot Live is superb and is also pretty well priced. You can speed up the map redrawing a bit by changing the 3D angle, zooming in a bit, and switching POI display off, but still it's way slower than some of the other sat nav apps. If you have loads of apps installed, you might need to remove some to install Copliot, because the install takes 15Mb of the phone's memory!

On newer, more powerful handsets such as the Nexus One and HTC Desire, Copilot runs much better. So I'd recommend Copilot if your Android handset is up to the job.

NDrive

NDrive
NDrive Sat-Nav Icon Cost: 39.99 Euros (UK)
Phone Memory: 7.5Mb + maps on SD card
http://www.ndriveweb.com
Review: Dec 2009
Download from Android Market
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   8/10

NDrive is another sat nav app for Android. Like Copilot Live, it's a full featured proper sat nav program that contains all its maps on your SD card and calculates its routes on the fly. It also supports full UK postcodes and importing of POI lists in GoogleEarth format, so you can import speed camera databases.

NDrive Sat-Nav map view screenshot Fast animated 3D mapping in NDrive
NDrive Sat-Nav menu screenshot Quick, responsive menus in NDrive

NDrive is fast and lightweight compared to Copilot Live. Its user interface is more responsive on lower-powered phones, and its map animation is much faster, although not quite as big and clear as Copilot Live. NDrive only takes half the phone memory of Copilot, and starts up quicker too. It's not quite as feature packed, but offers just about the perfect list of sat nav features for most users. A new feature in the latest versions of NDrive is the view of 3D landmarks. A bit of a pointless gimmick really, in my opinion. Also in the latest versions of NDrive, the screens and icons have been properly designed to handle the higher rerolution screens of newer phones, so the map rendering is sharp and clear.

If I had to pick holes, I'd say the lists of favourites and POIs are a little bit small to read or press while you're driving. The user interface is a bit clunky and not so intuitive, and managing POIs and favourites is quite a confusing fiddle before you get used to it. Menu scrolling is not very smooth, but pressing buttons is nice and responsive.

Also in my tests, I found that NDrive would sometimes take a long time to connect to satellites, occasionally refusing to connect to the satellites at all until I exitted and reloaded the app. All the other sat nav apps I tested connected quickly and didn't have this problem.

Maps and extras such as voices and speed camera databases can be purchased/downloaded from within the program itself, which is very convenient. You can download huge map files via your PC if you prefer though. To give you an idea of file sizes, the Tele Atlas map of the UK for NDrive is around 270Mb, and downloaded from within the app for me, with no problems.

Overall though, in my opinion, NDrive is the one of the better sat nav applications out there at the moment for the Android platform.

Google Maps Navigation

Google Maps Navigation
Google Maps Navigation Sat-Nav Icon Cost: FREE
Phone Memory: 4.8Mb
http://www.google.com/mobile/navigation/index.html
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   8/10

Ok, this isn't officially avaiable in the UK yet... But hopefully soon, Google Maps will be updated in the UK to include full turn-by-turn navigation, voice commands and traffic info as it is in the US.

For now, here's the preview of Google Maps Navigation.

21/04/10 - Google Maps Navigation Released!

Superb! Google Maps Navigation has finally been released in the UK!

Destinator 9

Destinator 9
Destinator 9 Sat Nav Icon Cost: 69.99 USD
Phone Memory: 6.5Mb + 170Mb on SD card
http://www.intrinsyc.com/Products/destinator.aspx
Review: v9 Jan 2010
Download from Android Market
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   7/10
Destinator 9 loading screenshot Destinator 9

Destinator 9 is another recent addition to the list of Sat Nav apps for android phones like the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic / G2. Despite the stupid name, it's actually pretty good. Purchase or trial of the software involves installing the app from the Android Market, AND downloading the setup package including maps to your PC. From there, you plug in your phone and the setup program copies the maps to your SD card.

The Destinator 9 app is a fully featured sat nav app featuring PIOs and speed cameras, multi lane guidance, weather, and all the other features you'd expect like favourites, trip planner with multiple stops, pedestrian mode, route detour etc. The maps can be viewed in 2D or 3D, and are fantastically clear looking, quite Garmin-like, with a nice sky view on the 3D mode. The voice guidance is good, with loud, clear directions, and does have the option of turning off the patronising nanny state "Drive carefully" at the beginning of each trip. [Sigh] The user interface, although not as slick as CoPilot or WisePilot is nice but not perfect, as the controls are rather small to read and press while driving, and involve using the Menu and Back keys in addition to the touch screen, instead of being entirely touch screen like most of the other satnav apps.

Teeny weeny buttons in Destinator 9 Tiny Buttons in Destinator 9

Searching for your destination is easy enough, but amazingly for a product like this, full UK postcode matching is not supported! Street and City searching as well as partial postcode matching is supported but isn't very good and had lots of addresses missing that were found in other satnav apps on this page. Destinator gets around this by having an option to search Google for your destination. It's a bit of a cheat because it's not a proper offline satnav system, requiring a mobile signal and data plan for this. Having said that, it does give the advantage that your search results will always be as up to date as Google's and does give you all the flexibility of Google searches, allowing you to search for "Shop" or "Pizza" or "Pub" for example, which will then give you a list of nearby matches, and the ability to drive to them. Route calculation and recalculation is perfectly quick, though.

When on the move, the map rendering is rather slow compared to some of the other apps, such as NDrive, but is quick enough. What isn't quick enough though is response to the touchscreen while navigating. Like CoPilot, Destinator becomes very sluggish to respond when navigating. In my tests, I even had "Force Close/Wait" messages occasionally appearing, not because the app had crashed, but rather because it was taking so long to respond, Android thought it had.

Night mode view in Destinator 9 Navigating in night mode on Destinator 9

One very annoying feature of Destinator 9 is that on approach to a junction, a direction symbol will appear with an arrow making it clear which way to turn. That would be fine, if it wasn't totally obscuring the middle of the screen! When you approach a roundabout and are trying to work out which exit to take, it's infuriating to have icons appearing right in the way.

In summary, Destinator 9 is good, but personally I'd prefer to spend the money on one of the other sat nav apps, like NDrive or CoPilot. But as you can have a free 14 day trial, see how you get on with Destinator, it's not half bad.

Sygic Mobile Maps 9

Sygic Mobile Maps 9
Sygic Mobile Maps 9 Icon Cost: No longer sold
Phone Memory: 5.5Mb + 300Mb on SD card
http://www.sygic.com/
Review: v9 Dec 2009
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   8/10
Menus in Sygic Mobile Maps 9 are very big, clear and responsive. Menus in Sygic Mobile Maps 9 are very big, clear and responsive. Perfect when driving.

Mobile Maps 9 by Sygic has recently been updated to work on the Android operating system and is now one of the best options we have. It's a full featured, stand-alone satnav app containing all its own maps on the SD card, so it doesn't need to the Internet to work. Features include speed cameras, lane guidance and full UK postcode searching. It's a fully touch-screen app and the user interface is the most responsive of all the satnav apps and works beautifully. Buttons are huge and very easy to press while on the move. The menus aren't the most intuitive but you quickly get used to them. The 3D map view is also stunning and very easy to follow.

Screenshot of Sygic Mobile Maps 9

Searching for addresses is easy. Entering postcodes is fast, as Mobile Maps automatically switches from letters to numbers when typing. Usefully, when selecting the destination, you can opt to pick from a list of nearby car parks and drive there instead. Finding the address is fast, but calculating routes is among the slowest of the satnav apps here, and can be very slow for complex routes. The voice guidance is very clear, and it reads road numbers which can be good, but also can be really annoying ("turn left onto the B one-thousand-one-hundred-and-twenty-two"). The map view is clear and looks great and the animation is among the fastest of the Android satnav apps which makes navigating roundabouts easy.

Overall, despite the slow route calculation, I reckon Sygic Mobile Maps is one of the best sat nav apps for Android.

Sygic Mobile Maps 10

Sygic Mobile Maps 10
Sygic Mobile Maps 10 Icon Cost: 39.99 Euro (UK/Ei Map)
Phone Memory: 6.5Mb + 300Mb+ on SD card
http://www.sygic.com/
Review: v10 Jun 2010
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   7/10

Cygic Mobile Maps 10 looks pretty similar to version 9 (see above for features and screenshot). It still has the super crisp clear voice instructions and the same 3D map view, but the menus are worse. They are quick and responsive to press but for some reason they've changed the lovely big clear menus and icons in version 9 for smaller, harder to read icons.

Sygic 10 menu screenshot

It also seems to me that the whole app is not designed for the newer, higher resolution screens of the Sony Ericsson X10, HTC Desire or Nexus One. So all text and maps look slightly blurred on these newer handsets as Android has to stretch Cygic 10 to fill the screen, and not super sharp has they should do on todays screens. Transitioning from landscape to portrait modes seems a little buggy at times too, as occasionally the screen won't redraw itself correctly.

So overall, version 10 of Cygic Mobile Maps is still good, but less impressive on brand new top of the range smart phones. If you're using a lower powered or older Android phone with a smaller screen, this is still a good sat nav app though.

100% crop of Sygic 10 100% crop of Copilot
Here you can see a comparison of the bottom left corner of Sygic Mobile Maps 10 and Copilot Live. The blurry display of Cygic 10 on the left, and sharp Copilot Live on the right. Android is stretching Cygic to fill the screen as it was designed for smaller screens.

iGO My Way

iGO My Way
iGO My Way Sat Nav Icon Cost: 29.99 Euro (UK/Ei Map)
Phone Memory: 38Mb & 300Mb+ on SD card
Review: Feb 2010
http://www.igomyway.com/android/en/
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   7/10

iGO My Way is available for the iPhone and will shortly be released for Android. It's another proper standalone sat nav app which relies on its own maps stored on your SD card so it won't rely on your Internet connection and phone signal.

iGO menu view sat nav

The first thing you'll notice after loading up iGO My Way is the pretty user interface. Menus slide and spin round looking very flash, but my God it's slow! Entering addresses and postcodes is like wading through treacle. Often you can press buttons twice, not realising it's registered, which can be quite annoying. I think part of the problem is the nice but pointless flashy interface, and part is the huge amount of memory the app consumes. Is it really necessary to have a 3D spinning view of each of the vehicles you can choose from? No. Testing on a T-Mobile G1 and an HTC Magic, iGo was sometimes unusably laggy, but the 10Mb memory hack on the G1 improved matters considerably, so it seems to be due to the mammoth memory footprint. Testing on faster phones such as the HTC Desire and Nexus One sees iGo speed up further but it's still slow.

Nov 2010 - iGo My Way No Longer Available

iGo My Way no longer available to general public. It's available to business customers only. It's still for sale for the iPhone, but we don't care about those. :-)
iGo 3D vehicle selection view

How to enter postcodes is not immediately obvious, but full UK postcode matching is supported, with the smart text entry greying out certain letters and highlighting others a helpful feature. Long route calculation is reasonably fast, and like many of the other sat nav apps shows an overview of your entire route in 2D before you set off. A nice touch is the ability to press "Fast", "Short", "Economical" or "Easy" which changes the route on the map so you can see the different routes instantly, along with the distance and predicted route time.

igo my way navigation view

On to the navigation, and iGo really shines. Surprisingly, the map animation is very smooth, and you get a nice big map view which is very easy to follow. I have been most impressed with the way iGO copes with roundabouts. Aside from the big clear 3D map view, you get a useful rendered roundabout diagram in the corner showing exactly what angle your turnoff is at. Voice guidance is OK, although not quite as loud and clear as some of the other sat nav apps. iGO doesn't attempt to say road names or numbers, but this is sometimes an annoying feature to have anyway. Other features included are lane guidance and speed camera warnings, although the speed camera warnings didn't work in my tests.

iGo My Way integrates with the Android Contacts app. When you find your contact and click on their address you then have the option to navigate there with iGo. The app works reliably when it's minimised too. It sits there barking out its voice commands while its iGO icon remains in the notification bar waiting for you to return to the app.

Overall this is one of the better android sat nav apps, but is let down by the sluggish user interface.

Navigon MobileNavigator

Navigon MobileNavigator
Navigon MobileNavigator for Android icon Cost: £52.99 (UK Map)
30 days free trial
Phone Memory: 20Mb & 300Mb+ on SD card
Navigon Android
Download from Android Market Review: Apr 2010
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   8/10

Navigon is a big name in the standalone satnav market, and the new MobileNavigator sat nav app is a predictably professional and polished product. The user interface is well designed with big, easy to press buttons, which is always important for use in the car, and reaction to button presses is quick and responsive.

Main menu of Navigon MobileNavigator Very simple main menu in Navigon Mobile Navigator

Entering full UK postcodes is quick and easy. The usual features such as favourite locations and searching for POIs nearby or near another location is supported, with shortcut buttons for Parking and Petrol Stations. Usefully, Navigon can read from the Android contacts so you can navigate to any addresses already stored in your address book or Google Contacts.

On to the actual navigation, and Navigon MobileNavigator is a joy to use. The 3D view is really clear and animation as you move along is super-smooth. Voice commands are clear, if a little quiet, and the sampled voice speaks road numbers for you, but doesn't attempt road names. And at last, we have a satnav app that correctly speaks numbers of major routes! (E.g. "A-one-thirty" instead of "A one-hundred-and-thirty"). Easy to follow lane-assist icons are displayed, and Navigon displays the speed limit on-screen all the time, which is a nice feature, although there are no speed camera warnings. In tests, we did find it rather annoying that the very polite lady insists on say "please" before each request!

Day mode in Navigon MobileNavigator

Part of the beauty of Navigon MobileNavigator is its simplicity. There are almost NO settings to fiddle with and tweak apart from essentials like route type (fastest/shortest etc) and vehicle type so the correct speed limits are displayed. The satnav just works brilliantly. This will appeal to users who want a no-fuss, super reliable, professional product. I wonder if they've gone too far with the keep-it-simple design though. There is no ETA displayed for your journey or trip computer with distances, and you can't plan a future journey, or tweak a suggested route. (There is actually an ETA displayed if you tap the black bar - thanks Thorsten).

In summary, Navigon MobileNavigator is a great sat nav app for Android phones. It's very polished and works great, but is lacking some of the more advanced features. It's a great product, but is a little too expensive given its lack of more advanced features.

NavDroyd

NavDroyd
NavDroyd Sat Nav icon for Android Cost: £4.99 Euro (Maps Free)
Phone Memory: 7Mb & 60Mb+ on SD card
NavDroyd
Download from Android Market Review: v1.2 Jul 2010
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   4/10
NavDroyd screen of map view Map view in NavDroyd

NavDroyd is a brand new offering available now in the Android Market which uses Open Street Maps for its map data. In case you haven't heard of Open Street Maps, it's freely available map information compiled and maintained by members of the public, in the same way that Wikipedia is a collection of information created and maintained by members of the public. Even though the map data is free, you still have to pay for the app itself, but it's very cheap, at only 4.99 euros.

NavDroyd is an off-line sat nav app, containing all its maps on the SD card of your phone. The app contains a map download manager which allows you to easily choose which maps you want and it downloads them all for you to your SD card. To give you an idea of size, the map data for the UK is currently 60Mb, which you should download first while you're at home and from then on Navdroyd doesn't need to download from the Internet at all.

The user interface is fairly simplistic and at first, not that intuitive. It has a standard mode which is basically an interface for browsing the map, and a "cruise mode", which is a 2D or 3D driving mode rather similar to Google Maps and Google Maps Navigation. You can place "pins" on the map, which are basically favourites allowing quick navigation to, say, "Home".

The app itself is really very basic, offering none of the more advanced features such as traffic info, speed cameras, and settings are sparse.

Searching For Addresses

Searching for addresses is where NavDroyd falls on its arse. It's quite odd as you have to type the address in the form "Road Name Town" and as you type you are presented with matches. Sometimes. House numbers are not supported, and rather more fatally, postcode matching is not supported. The search box is too small, and very fiddly to use. The search facility in NavDroyd is disappointing and needs improving. The current lack of postcode search and even house numbers makes it frustrating or impossible to find addresses accurately.

NavDroyd screen of navigation view Navigation view in NavDroyd

Browsing of the maps and rendering is where NavDroyd shines. Pinch-to-zoom works excellently, and the map rendering is clear and quick. The app itself feels responsive and 3D animation in "cruise mode" is smooth. Route calculation is very fast, and has "shortest" or "fastest" options, and you can also choose between travelling by road or on foot. "Fast re-routing" is supposedly a feature, although NavDroyd failed to re-route when deviating from the route in my tests. ETA, time remaining, distance and speed are displayed along with up-coming junction details. You can switch between 2D or 3D views for navigation.

Voice guidance relies on the built-in Android voice synthesizer in the same way Google Maps Navigation does, including speaking road names. In tests, I found that the voice commands sometimes would interrupt each other, and sometimes stopped working altogether for no apparent reason. I also found it annoying being repeatedly told to "keep straight onto...".

NavDroyd has an open source feel and as though it does feel a bit like a work in progress it is fairly stable and certainly feels like it has potential. The success of Navdroyd is very much down to the quality of the map data in the areas you need, and whether or not you can manage without accurate postcode or house number searching. In my tests, the Open Street Map data has been excellent, but I couldn't live with the frustrating search feature.

Skobbler

Skobbler
Skobbler Sat Nav Logo Cost: Free
Phone Memory: 5.3Mb
Skobbler
Download from Android Market Review: v2.5 Aug 2010
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   5/10
Menus in Skobbler Teeny weeny text in Skobbler menu

Like NavDroyd, Skobbler uses the freely available OSM (Open Street Map) data, although where NavDroyd downloads the maps to the SD card for off-line use, Skobbler requires an internet connection for route calculation and map data.

As with Navdroyd, the OSM data has been very good in my tests, but not perfect. All areas I tested it with were mapped but I did find the occasion connectivity error. Skobbler provides a feature for reporting bugs in the map data so you can flag any errors as you come across them for fixing if you want. The actual routes generated have been rather unusual but not incorrect, and differ to all other navigation systems I've tested on some longer routes. Routing options for Shortest or Fastest are provided, as usual.

Searching for addresses is straightforward and full UK postcode searching is supported. I understood this was not the case, but full postcodes worked perfectly for me. Response from the server has been fairly quick and reliable during my testing. Optionally, you can set up a Skobbler account which allows you to search for and store your addresses on the Skobbler website. These then show up in "My Locations" in the Android app on your phone.

On the move, the 3D navigation view is clear and simple with nice contrasting colours, important while driving. Animation is smooth and voice instructions are provided. On screen, you see an icon for the next one or two turns and countdown bars to the next junction. Duration and ETA are also displayed along with a direction compass.

Skobbler navigation screenshot Skobbler Navigation Screenshot

Settings and features are very few, but Skobbler feels professional and reliable. No features such as POIs or speed cameras are provided, just basic no frills navigation. The user interface is pleasant and responsive to use, map rendering and dragging around the maps is really good.

So overall Skobbler is not bad, and being free you might as well give it a try. If you need any more than a very basic sat nav app though, or off-line navigation, you will need to look elsewhere. My main thought though is that there is no need for Skobbler now Google Maps Navigation is available, also for free. It doesn't offer anything Google Maps doesn't and I fail to see how anyone is going to poach users from Google without offering more features or better mapping. A shame, but unfortunately, Skobbler is all but redundant on the Android platform.

Copilot Live Premium

Copilot Live Premium
Copilot Live Premium Logo Cost: £19.99 (UK)
Phone Memory: 33Mb
Android Copilot Premium
Review: Oct 2011
Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star Star   9/10
Copilot Live Premium alternate routes display

Copilot Live Premium is a new version of ALK's mobile sat nav that's seemingly been around forever. The new version has been brought up to date with various new features, some good, some pointless. It's available to buy at £19.99 for UK maps or £34.99 for the whole of Europe. Unfortunately there's no trial version available.

As with previous versions of Copilot, this version is a standalone sat nav app which stores all its maps on your phone's SD card. New for this version though is the option to choose between three route options when planning your journey. This is really useful in itself, but you can also drag the route across the map as you can in Google Maps in your web browser. As far as I know, this feature is not available in any other sat nav apps at the moment, and is really impressive. Less impressive, in my opinion, is social networking integration. Why you would want it to post your route destination on Twitter or Facebook is beyond me, but such is the fashion these days. Also less than useless in my opinion is the ability to navigate to the location a photo was taken on your phone, by reading the embedded GPS tags. Clever, but a gimmick.

Copilot Live Premium navigating

You have the option to choose between various sampled voice command sets, or to use the built-in Android text-to-speech engine. The sampled voices are loud and clear, but the Android text-to-speech option give the ability to speak road names.

Setting up the app itself is easy, as the maps are downloaded automatically onto your phone's SD card. Obviously, you'd want to be using wi-fi while this downloads, as it takes a while. One annoyance I found is the licensing that ALK use. It won't be an issue for most people but if you're into installing new ROMs on your phone, or swapping phones often, you need to deactivate the old install before setting Copilot up again on the new ROM/phone from scratch. Not only is this a real pain in the bum, but you'll lose your settings each time you re-install. Having said that, email customer service support was quick and painless for me, and I managed to re-install onto a different ROM.

Copilot Live Premium Clearturn display

As before, Copilot's new version is feature packed, including full UK postcode searching, customizable speed camera warnings, and the ability to route for car/motorbike/cycle/walking. It uses Navteq maps. Live traffic updates and routing is available but at an extra cost of £8.99 per year, and can be purchased from within the app itself. This will optimise routing and ETA calculation based on actual live traffic conditions. As in some other similar apps, Copilot has "Clearturn", which displays a nice lane guidance image with signs above.

To summarize, Copilot Live Premium is a very good, mature product. It's well priced and works great but it's a shame there's not trial version to allow you to try it out.

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Yes, useful.
Ndrive looks good, but not compared. Price is hard to fathom from their web site (its a secret!!)
http://www.ndriveweb.com/homepage/

BUT, the problem with all these, is that it is ONLY software, no hardware involved, so why such a high cost, I would expect to pay 20 to 30 (max!), otherwise may as well get a dedicated one. Also, I HAVE a dedicated one, just a convenience, but NOT A 70 OR MORE CONVENIENCE!!!

Posted by Mick on Monday, 15/03/10 @ 21:36pm | #169

Thanks for this I've been searching for a GPS app and could not decide between all of them. Ndrive of Sygic ummm!

Posted by Mike Burrows on Tuesday, 16/03/10 @ 14:37pm | #171

Very good and useful summary. Do You have comments for Route 66?
Thank you very much !!

Posted by Jose Fonseca on Wednesday, 7/04/10 @ 22:18pm | #189

amAze is now available on android.

Posted by Bone on Thursday, 8/04/10 @ 16:10pm | #195

Thanks fo rthe list, I dhave tried most of them and plumped for sygic and the sound wouldn't work (HTC desire, android 2.1) which they then sent me a link to a new version but it still didn't work via bluetooth and they then told me to replace my 200 bluetooth stereo to get it working !!! - Now trying co-pilot again and looking for a refund!!

Posted by Dave Payne on Friday, 9/04/10 @ 11:34am | #196

Re - Mick - #169

"BUT, the problem with all these, is that it is ONLY software, no hardware involved, so why such a high cost"

SatNav software is not highly priced. Your paying for the maps which cost a lot of money.

There are only certain firms that provide map data and they like to cash in on it loads. It annoys me even more when half the map data is so out of date. I put in TomTom SatNav to go to Old Trafford for an REM concert once and it took me to Moss Side in Manchester, TomTom's excuse was it might have moved and the map data they'd got was old and incorrect.

Since when has Old Trafford (home to Manchester United) moved from Old Trafford to Moss Side?? And these jerks think they can charge such ridiculous prices for "THEIR" data and keep it so out of date it's a joke.

Not only that 70 for software isn't that expensive anyway when you consider that most electronic items are nothing more than a microchip with a bit of software on them and some of the things you pay 200+ for, and most of it is just for the software licence e.g.

Microsoft Windows 7 - 100
Microsoft Office - 100
TV Remote control - 50 - 90% of cost is for one microchip containing the software, the rest of the infra-red stuff is just pennies.

As for 20-30 for software your thinking more of tacky badly programmed gaming software that is 20-30, for high class utility software 80 is very cheap. When you buy a hardware SatNav what do you think your getting anyway, just a microchip with that software, the rest of the stuff costs very little.

Hopefully someone will come out soon and do a GPL map system, then it wont be as expensive for the maps, or restrictive on who creates the software.

Posted by Darren on Saturday, 10/04/10 @ 14:23pm | #197

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Darren,

"Hopefully someone will come out soon and do a GPL map system, then it wont be as expensive for the maps, or restrictive on who creates the software."

That's exactly the idea behind WAZE. Have a look at that, if you haven't already. It's not a great deal of use YET because not that much of the mapping has been done so far, but it really has potential. It's not that long been released in the UK. I'm an area manager for Waze and do a lot of map editing, and can appreciate what a complex and time consuming job it is to create the maps, but I totally agree on the map licensing cost issue.

Cheers,
Jack Frost

Posted by Jack Frost on Saturday, 10/04/10 @ 15:06pm | #198

Very informative Jack, thank you. I'm looking at getting a Desire or X10 - both on Android, obviously - so I have been trawling round to see what's available. I was a bit stumped when I found that the Android market place could only be viewed from a handset in full, so something like this is brilliant.

Btw, completely off-topic, but I hope you'll indulge me... I've been using Waze myself for a while (on my old S60-based Samsung) I take it Waze would work ok on an Android phone? My real difficulty is editing my errors - I find that the aerial images are so poor it's impossible to see which one of three or four "tracks" for the same stretch of road is in the right place. Any tips? :)

Posted by Phil on Saturday, 17/04/10 @ 17:02pm | #203

Ndrive vs Sygic on HTC Desire in UK
I bought Sygic and after a week have asked for a refund. Button response is very slow, screen goes blank mid-journey for no reason, needed the battery pulled to reset it. So I tried NDrive on trial, much nicer to use and faster response, but I just cant import speedcam files. I followed the import guide pdf - it just does not work. No repsonse from customer service after 4 days so I wont be buying this one either. Lets hope TomTom get something out soon for Android !

Posted by Arthur on Sunday, 2/05/10 @ 13:38pm | #226

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I'm surprised. I've had no stability problems with Sygic at all. And it's been really quick to use too. What handset have you been using these on?

Posted by Jack Frost on Sunday, 2/05/10 @ 13:49pm | #227

An HTC Desire. Sygic is the new version 10.
Do you know how to get speedcam files into NDrive ?
I have converted my OV2 POI's from TomTom into .KML and they have impoted OK. I cant get the speedcam files to import.

Posted by Arthur on Sunday, 2/05/10 @ 17:32pm | #228

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That's a shame. Version 9 works brilliantly on the Desire. As for importing POIs, I can't test it now, but I did achieve it by converting them (from OV2s, I think). Good luck on getting a response! How frustrating!

Posted by Jack Frost on Monday, 3/05/10 @ 10:20am | #229

Hi Jack, I used your report to purchase Sygic mobile maps 10 after also trying Ndrive. The only problem I seem to have with Sygic is navigating to a postcode, you can enter a postcode but can't confirm the street or a house number. Sygic's response was "it's not possible in some cases. In map data, post code only shows to center of are, but now which street belongs to this code" I think they mean, that basically it will direct you to the middle of the postcode area not a specific address, which to me seems to defeat the purpose of door to door guidance. However if you enter the address manually it will take you to the exact address. The only other slight negative is the menu icons look slightly blurred, not sure if that is specific to my X10. Apart from that it works exceptionally well and very quickly, just a shame the postcode option is useless.

Posted by Mac on Tuesday, 4/05/10 @ 20:28pm | #230

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The review above is for version 9 of Sygic, unfortunately I haven't been able to review version 10 yet but it seems a lot of people are less happy with it. Apparently it's slow compared to 9. I look forward to trying it as soon as I can. It's a shame you find the postcode search a pain, I doubt it would be a problem for some users though. At least you had a response from Sygic!

Posted by Jack Frost on Wednesday, 5/05/10 @ 00:04am | #232

Great review. Have just downloaded NDrive as a result. Will be trying it out tomorrow.

To import speed cameras into NDrive create a single KML file, put it in the speedcam sub-directory of the the NDrive directory (create one if it doesn't exist) and import from NDrive import/export. NDrive then recognises the - well local ones certainly have a camera icon, hopefully I'll get warnings when I try it out tomorrow.

Posted by Coz on Saturday, 8/05/10 @ 22:17pm | #238

Thanks very much for this list of reviews, i wish i had seen it months ago before purchasing Destinator 9, as it has proven to be unreliable on several occasions, and recently lost the ability to give voice guidance.
I'm currently seeking an alternative to replace it (also fighting for a full refund) so i now have a shortlist to go through and try some out.
I just wish the android market would list the navigation apps a bit better so theey can be found easier.

Posted by Daveyonthemove on Sunday, 9/05/10 @ 20:35pm | #239

According to the official site, Google Maps Navigation is currently only available in the United States on phones that run Android 1.6 and higher, including the Nexus One.

Any idea when we might get this in the UK?

Posted by Steve Sargent on Monday, 10/05/10 @ 23:16pm | #243

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It IS available now in the UK. I have it working here on an HTC Magic running Android 1.6.

http://mobile.jack-frost.co.uk/google_maps_navigation_released.php

Posted by Jack Frost on Monday, 10/05/10 @ 23:28pm | #244

OK, thanks, had another look at my phone, HTC hero, the firmware version is 1.5 (I assume this means the version of Android?), so presumably this is why I can't find Google Maps on the market?

If so, how do I update the firmware?

Posted by Steve Sargent on Tuesday, 11/05/10 @ 17:35pm | #245

Hi, just an info regarding the Navigon:

"[...]There is no ETA displayed for your journey or trip computer with distances[...]"

There's is one hidden in the black bar showing the current speed. Just click the bar and it will switch between Speed, ETA, distance to target. I would have preferred the old Mobile Navigator Layout but at least theres some info.

Posted by Thorsten on Wednesday, 12/05/10 @ 10:05am | #247

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Thanks for that, I stand corrected. Have amended the review accordingly.

Posted by Jack Frost on Wednesday, 12/05/10 @ 14:08pm | #248

I too have just purchased and now asked for a refund on Sygic Mobile Maps 10. I am running it on a HTC Desire and have found it clunky, slow to respond and unstable. It has fallen over twice in one short journey - I think it is just taking time to compute but somehow never gets there. Even setting up on the menus can be tiresome waiting sometimes several seconds before button press responds. I await an outcome on the refund.
I wish I had read the comments above properly as I was hoping this would be a good solution having trialled N Drive and Navigon. I tried Co-Pilot for a day but got a refund under Android Market terms within 24 hours. I may go back to this as a cheap compromise although am nearly happy with N drive. If Navigon has a few more setting options I would be happy as I like the smoothness.
Hopefully someone will produce something decent soon, but whilst Sygic's specs are very attractive, it just doesn't work yet. Shame.

Posted by Paul on Sunday, 30/05/10 @ 18:59pm | #300

Anyone know if Garmin are releasing a version of Garmin XT on Android?

Posted by Alan on Tuesday, 8/06/10 @ 19:28pm | #308

Excellent reviews but being a complete technophobe I'm still confused. I have a Samsung GT-I5700 (no idea what version of Android - Firmware 2.1 version 1 if that helps?) I am using Google Maps and Navigation but get no voice instructions - is this function available?

Posted by Harri on Wednesday, 9/06/10 @ 18:52pm | #313

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Hmm. I'm not sure. Google Maps Navigation relies on speech synthesis for its voice commands whereas all the other sat nav apps use sampled voices. Maybe there's a speech module or something missing from your phone? Try searching for "text to speech" or "tts" in the Android Market and see if any of those apps look relevant. Also, check the voice commands aren't muted by pressing Menu, Mute/Unmute.

Posted by Jack Frost on Wednesday, 9/06/10 @ 22:51pm | #314

Hi, my main requirement is (next to a decent navigation) to be able to import my own POI for camperplaces in different countries.

Have a HTC Desire and installed. All fine but no import of POI. What does Sygic or NDrive offer?

Anyone has by any chance a HTC Desire and a good working nav and imported their own POI ?

Posted by Dave Ruzius on Thursday, 10/06/10 @ 13:40pm | #319

@Harri; afaik you need to download "Google Search by Voice" from the Market. Then you to Settings/Text-to-Speech (at least on the Desire you do) to install the voice data.

@Dave; I've tried NDrive, Navigon and CoPilot on the Desire. Both NDrive and CoPilot allow POI import. Visual and audio alerts were poor on NDrive (we're talking speed cams here) but may be OK for camp sites. CoPilot was best for me but imimporting the POIs was a pita.

Posted by Coz on Friday, 18/06/10 @ 17:05pm | #333

Great reviews, I've been using google navigation on my desire and think it's great, but my camping guide to france (we're going fro the summer) only has latitude and longitude co-ordinates, from what I gather co-pilot takes co-ordinates but google nav doesn't - is this right?

Posted by Kie on Sunday, 4/07/10 @ 21:14pm | #355

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Both Google Maps Navigation and Copilot accept coordinates.

Posted by Jack Frost on Sunday, 4/07/10 @ 23:07pm | #356

What a brilliant review site ! I am so impressed by the wealth of information. I have just got a Dell streak and am looking for a sat nav App with speed cams that will run without the need for mobile internet. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Posted by Michae on Thursday, 8/07/10 @ 10:28am | #359

I'm getting a sony erikkson xperia x10 mini pro and would like help/advice on knowing what is the best sat nav software to run on it - i need to be able to put in full postcode and store maps on sd card without on the go internet requirement. Anyone tried anything that willwork well with the small touchc=screen?

Posted by J Sibson on Tuesday, 13/07/10 @ 21:31pm | #362

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Sygic, NDrive, Copilot, Navigon all work well enough with small screens and store maps on the SD card. I'd give them a try first before you commit to them. I think you can try NDrive free for 7 days, Navigon for 30 days free. Not sure about the other two.

Posted by Jack Frost on Tuesday, 13/07/10 @ 21:40pm | #363

Great set of reviews, very useful for my brand-new HTC Desire. Can anybody give me a definitive listing of Eastern Europe maps for each product? I want to replace poor old Tom-Tom which is great for Hungary, then promises "Romania" but just gives you one route to Bucharest and nothing else.

Posted by Proger on Saturday, 17/07/10 @ 21:37pm | #367

Probably the most helpful info I,ve seen yet on this topic. Is Google maps installed on my Samsung Galaxy S the same as maps /nav? I don't want to incur internet costs etc. and so far the GPS accuracy on the phone seems suspect in terms of accuracy. In truth would I be better served by a mid-priced dedicated sat-nav?

Posted by Simon on Friday, 23/07/10 @ 11:44am | #380

Awesome review! I have a question: which nav systems allow you to enter the street first and then select the correct city? This is crucial to me because in Montreal, many streets span across several cities and I usually have no idea which city the address is in. I know Garmin does it, but it's a shame they have no android version...

Thank you.

Posted by Georges on Friday, 6/08/10 @ 03:57am | #404

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Ooh, good question. I'm sorry, I'm afraid I can't help you there. Don't think there's any sign of Garmin XT for Android either. Any news on that would be good, please post here!

Posted by Jack Frost on Friday, 6/08/10 @ 08:55am | #406

Garmin even has an android gps phone that it co-branded with Asus. So releasing an android gps app should be a cinch. But for some reason they don't want to do so.

http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Garmin-Asus-Garminfone-Review-review-r_2485.html

Posted by tukau on Monday, 9/08/10 @ 06:59am | #410

Been looking at Android phone for a bit now (I have an IPhone 3GS) and a decent GPS programme is a must for me. Going off your reviews I will hold off another year till getting one. Its a shame because I love linux and open source stuff but Android software just isn't mature enough for my needs.
:(

Posted by Tomcat on Monday, 9/08/10 @ 13:48pm | #412

Been on the lookout for some navi-software a while now.. seems i'm stuck in the jungle.. anyways.. I just stumbled over Maverick which comes in a lite edition and a paid one at only $4,95.

It should be able to cache maps and use them offline. Know 5 dollars is not a lot- but i'd like to hear if anyone has got experience with it.. ?

TIA

Posted by Tommy on Wednesday, 11/08/10 @ 13:57pm | #419

Nice article, i tried out several navigation software programs after reading this post. I went from my old windows mobile 5 phone (hp hw6915) with TomTom 7.9 to android 2.2 on htc desire.

So i was looking for a replacement for TomTom (which i really love).

My own opinion differs a little from yours, so here is a few remarks i walked into when trying out the software:

Google Navigation
I love the view of Google Nav, it zooms out nicely when on the highway, and zooms nicely in when needed. However menu options are very limited, and it fails miserably when you want to let google search for an alternate routes.

Sygic Maps 2009
Indeed quicker than Sygic 2010, however, the maps are hopelessly outdated (I tested all the maps on the highway around eindhoven, which is brand new).

Sygic Maps 2010
A little slower, but in my opinion it's the best navigation software out there. All the menu options are on one screen (in portrait mode), and you can find things quite quickly and easy this way. The buttons to navigate the menu's are a little too small, i have issues pressing them while driving. Also Sygic has an option to disable auto-zoom, which i did, and i almost always travel with it with about 80~90% zoomed in, which is a lot like how TomTom works. Also, the maps are up2date (only google maps and sygic 2010 completed my eindhoven test).

Navigon
Worst program of the list, when u press the screen navigon switched to a map few which in myopinion is completely useless while driving, and you need to press extra buttons to return to navigation. Although the graphics of navigon looks nice, my biggest problem with navigon is the view. I really can't work with this software, it is zoomed out so much, you can't see exactly when to turn right if there are thre possible rights at each other. Navigon never seems to zoom in, no options to zoom in. I relly don't care that in 15 miles i need to make a turn right, i want to see what i need to do NOW, not later on.
Because navigon has a big name for itself, i really tried this software, but after three tries i threw it out, never to try again (navigon, if your'e reading this, fix your zoom levels, i need to know the next turn i need to make, i don't need the see half the city on my screen, really!)

Co Pilot Live:
In my opinion very similar to sygic maps. Has a nice sleek interface, very clerar navigation. Only problem i had with this software, is that it is not stable. When the app is started you need to download maps, somehow this download was aborted, and the download was corrupted, resulting in CoPilot Live not being able to startup anymore :/
After reinstallign the software, and correcting the download i could navigate fine. Until the next time i started the software.. it loaded and then just went back to the "desktop" with no error message.


just my 2 cents :)
Go for Sygic ;)

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 11/08/10 @ 18:15pm | #421

I forgot to review one navigation program :)

I also tried iGO, but only for a very very very short time. The resolution in iGo isn't supported on htc desire (it uses like a quarter of the screen), so in the end i didn't really try out this one. As of today iGo did not release a newer version yet.


@Admin, maybe you can add this comment to my previous post?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 11/08/10 @ 18:17pm | #422

Very useful reviews - thank you! Do you know which of these Satnav Apps work on the Dell Streak tablet?

Posted by Tony on Monday, 16/08/10 @ 13:24pm | #428

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I haven't tested a Dell Streak yet, but I should think all these apps will work, it will just be down to screen resolution. The resolution is 800x480, which is the same as the Nexus One and HTC Desire. The problems I found with this resolution are that iGo doesn't fill the whole screen, and Sygic looks blurry as it's not utilising the full resolution. I expect these issues will soon be fixed in newer version of these apps. CoPilot works great and NDrive is good too. Try them out!

Posted by Jack Frost on Monday, 16/08/10 @ 14:07pm | #429

I have used Sygic Maps 2009 on my Desire (2.1) and at first it was quite terrible, being really slow to response but...

..someone pointed out to me that the default setting of the program is to connect to the network, once I turn it off, it was much much better quite good actually. So that is something to watch out for.

One other thing, I now have 2.2 on my Desire and was advised by a very responsive support person at Sygic (Josef) that Mobile maps 2010 will not be supported by 2.2 until another few weeks... I look forward to that!

Posted by Khoi Doan on Friday, 20/08/10 @ 01:48am | #436

Hi,
I have a HTC desire and I'm thinking of downloading Copilot Live 8 for it. My Hubby has been using copilot on his last 3 phones with no problems. Granted none of them were android and currently he is using an iPhone 3GS.
Would you reccomend this for the HTC Desire?
Thanks x

Posted by Maggie on Thursday, 26/08/10 @ 11:04am | #450

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Certainly would yes. It's not quite so good on lesser Android phones, but works great on the Desire. One of the best in my opinion.

Posted by Jack Frost on Thursday, 26/08/10 @ 11:46am | #451

This is a great site, thanks a lot. I've just bought a LG GT540 Optimus Android phone - still waiting for my sim card that includes data! How much data does using Google maps use, say navigating for an hour? My data plan is 500mb.
Also, the firmware is 1.6 and the kernel is 2.6.29 is it worthwhile upgrading to firmware 2.1, if that is possible?
Regards
Albert

Posted by Albert on Monday, 6/09/10 @ 22:22pm | #467

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Hi, thanks Albert. I'm afraid I don't know specifically about the LG, but if the update is available you'll get it automatically. And yes, it certainly is worth it!

I have tested the data usage of Google Maps Navigation but haven't reached any proper conclusions yet. It seems to use vastly different amounts of data sometimes, even on the same routes. I hope to come up with some more useful info on this soon.

Posted by Jack Frost on Monday, 6/09/10 @ 22:41pm | #468

Thanks for this work. I've been trying to find an objective compariosn of Android Sat Nav, prior to "diving in". Android market from the PC wasn't much help. Very much appreciated.

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 25/09/10 @ 18:45pm | #498

Thanks for this, very useful, but for me a little disappointing.

The reason is, I have to pay 42 a week for roaming on the Continent so was hoping for something that worked well with the maps and all workings on the phone.

The ones that do this don't seem all that good.

I am surprised that manufacturers (software houses) haven't taken that into consideration.

Ampers.

Posted by Andrew Ampers Taylor on Monday, 4/10/10 @ 11:35am | #519

On my old Nokia I used Route66, and one great feature it had, was that I could search for an address without using postcode. If several roads existed with same postcode, it listed them all. The same can be done in GMaps, where you can do any free text search.
Are there any Android navigation apps, with maps stored on mobile, that can do the same trick? That is do any free text search for addresses. Instead of they are so strick with giving postcode, city street etc.

Posted by Martin on Thursday, 7/10/10 @ 07:26am | #524

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I'm not sure I really understand the question here. All sat nav apps will allow searching without a postcode. Mostly you would have to select which town/city first (e.g. NDrive). Or do you want to search road name across all towns/cities?

Posted by Jack Frost on Thursday, 7/10/10 @ 10:43am | #525

Ok, sorry I was not clear. Yes I mean search across citys. It is possible, because the route 66 on nokia, and also of course gmaps, can search a streetname, without giving cityname. Yes I know it may give many results, but at least it was possible. I wonder if any of those satnav apps you have shown above can do this? Especially when you live in a non-english country, there are not that many streetnames with a given name.

Posted by Martin on Saturday, 9/10/10 @ 14:51pm | #526

what about marines

Posted by mohammed on Monday, 11/10/10 @ 07:11am | #527

I have now tried COPilot, and think it is great BUT, can it really be true, that I cannot see Estimated time for arrival, or even the total distance from current position to final destination? I think other GPS navs usually show that....

Posted by Martin on Tuesday, 19/10/10 @ 12:38pm | #544

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Can't you just press on the time/distance at the bottom of the screen?

Posted by Jack Frost on Tuesday, 19/10/10 @ 12:57pm | #545

Great review - thanks! I have just moved from many years of WinMo to an Android device (Dell Streak) and really need a replacement for TomTom Navigator, which was one of my most used applications.

One update - iGO is no longer available. The web site says: "Please be aware that you cannot purchase and download the iGO My way application for Android and Windows Mobile to your mobile phone."

Posted by Philip on Monday, 8/11/10 @ 00:30am | #624

Really helpful guide. Thanks.

Does anyone have experience of these applications on an Android Tablet?

I have a HTC Hero and use Google maps fine but for a European trip need something that even my wife can use without crashing (and without data bills).

So do I spend 200 on a stand alone Tom Tom or can I now buy a 200 7 inch Android tablet and use one of these apps (Then I'll have two toys for the price on one!)

cheers

Michael

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 9/11/10 @ 07:12am | #626

My personal experience with copilot has been a joke! The customer support is absolutely terrible! Once purchased they DO NOT CARE. BE WARNED! They would never reply when I had difficulties. When they did and I replied back, that was the last you heard from them. Every message to them was like a NEW message. I will not use this company again. Go with the next alternative! You are also limited to a number of activations. Then they say sod off, buy a new one!

Posted by Stu on Tuesday, 16/11/10 @ 20:42pm | #647

I have been trying out NDrive.

GOOD:
- Price is reduced to 10 for UK/Ireland and 20 for Western Europe (if you purchase from within the application).
- You can trial maps for 7 days.
- Customer service is very responsive (2 queries were responded to within 24 hours).

BAD:
- You cannot import Favourites from another satnav. This is sadly a show stopper for me, as I have a lot of personal favourites/POIs collected over many years as a TomTom user.
- The voice prompt when approaching roundabouts is really long, and leaves the most important part (which exit to take) to the end - it's something like "Cross the roundabout and then take the third exit", whereas I'd much prefer just "Third exit at the roundabout".

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 16/11/10 @ 21:43pm | #648

Hi. I'm looking for a high quality offline sat nav. Which can allow me to see where I am, with having to type a location, but has a very quick update, and can accurately show the speed i am moving at. Although i don't want to be paying too much money out either, if it can be helped... what does anyone suggest?

Posted by pedned on Monday, 22/11/10 @ 02:51am | #662

thanks for such thorough review, much appreciated.
I'm tempted RSN to get an android (but I like to dip my toe before I jump), I currently use Palm PDA with TomTom 6 and/or TomTom 720 Traffic so I'm curious to compare it, though, not all providers have AUS maps. thanks again

Posted by voyteke on Monday, 22/11/10 @ 10:55am | #663

Can somebody please point me in the right direction (excuse the punn)I have been looking for an android app that enable me to enter (create) a predetermined route (winter gritting route)and all I need to do is follow. I have read through the above but could find an app with this functionality, is there such a thing?

Posted by Gary Morland on Tuesday, 23/11/10 @ 13:34pm | #664

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How about creating a predefined route on google maps on your pc and then loading the route into your phone into google maps navigation? You can get google maps on the pc to generate your route which you could then drag around with the mouse. Then save it. You can load your saved route back on your phone once you're happy with it.

Posted by Jack Frost on Tuesday, 23/11/10 @ 14:00pm | #665

following from:Posted by Jack Frost on Tuesday, 23/11/10 @ 14:00pm | #665

JF

Will this navigate me around the route in the direction plotted or simply be a layer that my current location (blue triangle)sits over?
Kindest Regards GM

Posted by on Wednesday, 24/11/10 @ 12:30pm | #668

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I thought there was a way of navigating along that route but I can't seem to make that work. Maybe you're right, it seems to just show as a layer.

Posted by Jack Frost on Thursday, 25/11/10 @ 09:35am | #673

Got a ASE Xperia X8 I have Wise Pilot Skobbler and Google Navigation.

Wise Pilot is very good with real time traffic(roadworks accidents)alerts and smooth operation.

Skobbler has started to crash a lot I don't know why but when it works its very good.

Google Navigator is really good but is very unstable and the moving map freezes regularly at random intervals from a few seconds to a couple of hours it has good integration with Google Maps ie you can search GM and Star a location which then appears in your Navigator Starred items. If it was stable I would use it exclusively, but then again it is a beta version so I expect it will improve dramatically. The voice recognition is useless at the moment but when Google gets this right it will be a TomTom Killer. Atthe moment I am running all 3 alongside my standard RAC SatNav and I don't have enough confidence to in any of the phone satnavs just yet to use just my phone

Posted by Paul on Thursday, 25/11/10 @ 21:51pm | #674

Dear Jack, luckily found your review of Sat Nav apps which is truly helpful. Was considering buying a Nokia N8 as it provides free offline navigation mapping (main reason for purchasing a smartphone) but OS Symbian 3 does not appeal as much as Android. Not knowing much about mobile phone navigation I collected some info from the web and discovered the possibility of purchasing third-party sat-nav programs for offline navigation on Android platform mobiles. Have also checked NDrive, Sygic and Navigon web sites after reading your reviews and Sygic (Aura) seems to be the most appealing. I now live in Italy but would use it also in the UK and some other countries abroad.
I would very much appreciate your considerations to help me with my choice of smartphone and sat-nav program. Thanks in advance. Kind regards
GMP

Posted by Garry Pedder on Friday, 26/11/10 @ 19:06pm | #677

Hi

Just had a skim through your reviews which proved to be quite interesting.

However, I had a question about the new HTC phones, the Desire Z and the Desire HD which come with tomtom maps preloaded in the HTC Locations app. I like the idea of this however they seem to lack postcode searching which is a real shame as it pretty much makes the software useless as trying to find the right destination is really difficult.

Have you by any chance heard of anyways round this, or if an update is likely at all?

Posted by Valve on Thursday, 16/12/10 @ 11:45am | #750

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Hmm, I haven't come across that, I don't have a Desire Z or Desire HD to try.

Anyone else know about postcode searching on HTC Locations?

Posted by Jack Frost on Thursday, 16/12/10 @ 12:53pm | #751

which stand alone sat nav app works on samsung galaxy tab without data connection

Posted by graham bowden on Wednesday, 5/01/11 @ 18:20pm | #843

I used to use navigon on the iphone and was very happy with it. Was disappointed to learn (after buying it! Luckily google refunded immediately) that navigon only works on older android versions not the latest ones - it force closes immediately.

So far I've tried NDrive - uninstalled as it doesn't read out street names etc. just uses a set of fixed voice samples ye olde style, which is surprising in anything calling itself a modern satnav.

Downloading Aura but the first thing that puts me off is their maps are hosted on a *very* slow server - an hour to download 500mb is crazy. Worth a punt though, if it ever finishes.

Wary of copilot live as the feedback shows a number of quite bad licensing issues, but might try it if everything else fails, cross my fingers and hope.


Posted by Tony on Thursday, 13/01/11 @ 22:29pm | #871

NDrive worked well on my LG620 with my 39.99 Euro UK/Ireland Maps installed.

Unfortuneately my phone developed a screen fault and needed to be replaced. Keeping the SD and Sim card I had hoped the maps would remain but they don't.

NDrive support simply do not reply to any messages regarding this. I quoted date of purchase and email reciept number (this does not include a serial number).

After 5 Months without the maps and using up a free trial period I reluctantly paid for the maps again. 2 weeks on and the damn phone gets stuck in a reboot loop and the new Bios (fix) wipes the maps again.

Still NDrive support do not respond to my requests for the serial number to unlock the maps again. The Maps do appear to still be on the SD card but the App states they are not there and states I have to pay again.

So it's a great App but customer service is non exsistant and I'd now advise you look elsewhere for a sat nav.

Posted by Richard Weston on Tuesday, 25/01/11 @ 10:49am | #894

Great review, which as helped me look at the options available, phone is Motorola Defy - Android 2.1

Tried:

WISEPILOT - Seemed ok, but did not like the interface.

SYGIC AURA - Seems to have replaced the maps 9 and 10 with the Aura option. Was impressed at the start, but after spending 20mins trying to input an address, it got binned. It has a rubbish menu system and is not very responsive. Also the standard screen is replaced by the Aura screen - including the status strip at the top. Shame as it got a good review.

SKOBBLER - Not bad for free, but white text on a cream background??????

GOOGLE NAVIGATION - Great free app, but no postcode to house number search. However, ask it to find a chip shop or theatre and its spot on. For a beta it will only get better - need to find a way of feeding back to Google.

NDRIVE - Currently on test and finding it great. The POI icons are not much use, but the navigation is great and has a number of ways of getting to the destination. Current price is 19.99 for UK map, so not bad. Might just go with this and use with Google.

The bad points are no text to speech on Android and the ETA box etc is a bit small.

Not tried COPILOT as you have to pay first and then if you do not like it claim a refund. Not very good.

Posted by Jon D on Tuesday, 25/01/11 @ 18:57pm | #895

I purchased NDrive for my Desire, as 19.90 for the whole of western europe was too good to turn down. In the UK I find Google Nav is fine, but abroad, the data charges would be crippling.

I've not used it much, but on the occasions I have, I think it works well. The display is clear although not very "pretty". I noticed the colour schemes are just xml so I'm going to try creating my own.
Things I'd like to see are bigger POI icons and a proper 3d display. Although you can tilt up and down, this actually seems to do just a vertical squash of the 2d display as opposed to a proper perspective - having come from iGo8 on my winmo phone with pretty skies and hills, Ndrive is a bit of a step back in time. You can download free speed camera warnings from within the app which is nice.
Voices don't worry me personally, as I turn them off anyway so I can't comment on those.
Overall I'd recommend it, mainly because of the price and it just works. The main downside being a lack of "wow factor".

Posted by James Billings on Friday, 28/01/11 @ 14:31pm | #908

Excellent site BTW anyone got a HTC Wildfire? Mine has 2.2 froyo and I am looking for uk and western euro with no internet support something like the Garmin would be great.

Posted by Simon Carlton on Sunday, 30/01/11 @ 12:00pm | #911

"I purchased NDrive for my Desire, as 19.90 for the whole of western europe was too good to turn down. James Billings"
I wish I had got there at the same time, current price for Western Europe is 59.99euro, I have a Desire too.

Posted by Darren on Wednesday, 2/02/11 @ 21:57pm | #922

Hi, I have an X10 Mini Pro. Love the latest incarnation of Google Maps/Navigation, it just keeps getting better. For a coming trip to Ireland I want a standalone solution - no data roaming. The thing is, mostly I'll only be listening to voice prompts through a bluetooth headset inside my motorcycle helmet, so I don't want to have to stop to view the maps too often... Anyone have any experience of which if any software would be suitable? Thanks.

Posted by Brendan on Thursday, 3/02/11 @ 09:52am | #924

I've got a Nexus S running Android 2.3.2 (Gingerbread) but both Navigon and CoPilot don't seem to support it yet - any suggestions on a product I can get? I'm driving around California for 6 weeks so I really do need something!

Posted by Stu on Monday, 7/02/11 @ 17:10pm | #943

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I'm using Android 2.32 Gingerbread on my HTC Desire, and would recommend you look at Cygic Aura

Posted by Jack Frost on Monday, 7/02/11 @ 19:41pm | #945

Having read through the reviews, I decided to try Sygic Aura. As described above, the graphics are good. The user interface is good too and there are plenty of options for finding destinations. I'm used to using iGO8 on my old windows phone and in my opinion, there is nothing to beat iGo. But this one worked pretty well in many respects except in three very important areas.

Firstly, there is no ETA, distance left, time left displayed on the screen whilst in navigation mode. In order to view this information, you have to go to menu then my route and there you will see the time left and ETA. Which brings us to the next major problem. In my experience, they are ALWAYS wrong, and I mean VERY wrong.

As an example, a route I entered into it was shown to take 1hr 5mins, when I knew that it would take TWICE that time! I tried the same route in iGo for Android, iGO8 for windows and Autoroute and all said just over 2hrs. I knew the route anyway and knew that 1hour and 5mins was nowhere near enough but just used the others to verify.

The third problem is that it's routing is poor too so you don't always get shown the best route. It's very frustrating because it doesn't take up as much room as some of the other systems, and the graphics and user interface area actually really good, but what's the use of a satnav system which takes you on silly routes and can't give you an accurate idea of the journey time?

There were other problems too which I won't bother to go into. For me, I would have really liked it to have worked but with so many fundamental problems, I just decided to uninstall it and put up with the amount of memory iGo uses instead until I can find something better.

I wish iGo would come up with a decent version for Android. I'm using this for now, but it takes up SO much room on the phone's memory and is not a patch on the windows version which was installed on the SD card.

I'm using an HTC Desire.

Posted by GerrY on Wednesday, 23/02/11 @ 23:34pm | #1009

I've got to agree about SYGIC AURA, it probably one of the best looking and works quite well (when it's not causing my phone to reboot!!!) so I can't rely on it! I also tried Navagon but as it doesn't auto zoom at turns/junctions, it makes "in town navigation difficult, otherwise it's OK. Also tried Co-pilot, I have history with WM versions of this - It had and still seems to have very poor routing!! I just couldn't trust it! Give me a working Android IGO8 and I'll be a happy bunny. (ZTE Blade 2.2os)

Posted by Warren on Monday, 25/04/11 @ 23:12pm | #1233

thanks again for the review.

I finally got an Atrix phone (my first Android, my first 'smart phone'), and, based on above review plus some other research decided to start with Sygic's Aura. It was problematic and very slow to d/l maps, at first the menus wouldn't accept clicks, but once these hurdles were overcome, I quite like it, only had it for a week, only used it a couple times, there are still some parts I don't fully understand how to best use, but, at the price it was selling (around E30 for AUS/NZ) you can't go far wrong.

The routing is not optimal (but it's not worse that Google's routing (which is a joke)), the ETAs are unrealistic and assume blatant disregard for speed limits, hopefully these will improve, the app uses non-standard keyboard.

Hopefully the app will be fully 'Androidized' soon and other aspects will improve as well, but, it's worth a try.

Posted by voyteke on Tuesday, 3/05/11 @ 02:53am | #1245

Sygic just updated Aura and renamed it Sygic, I just downloaded updated app and updated maps. Apparently they 'merged' functions of Mobile Map with Aura visual look'n'feel. Looks pretty good, lots of new functions, AUS maps more current than Google maps (Google doesn't have new Iron Cove bridge, Sygic does, so much for the myth of always up to date Google maps). Waypoints, saved routes, lots of new features, I'll try it next few days.

Posted by on Thursday, 12/05/11 @ 12:21pm | #1265

As a previous long-time TomTom user on WinMo, I have been looking at a number of different Android stored-map satnav programmes recently (in preparation for a holiday in France), but sadly none of them are as good as TomTom.

NDrive - probably the best so far, but having paid for the maps for V10 I am reluctant to pay full price again for V11. User interface is a bit small to use and nowhere near as friendly as TomTom.

iGO - no longer available to purchase for Android devices. Lacking in functionality.

Navfree - Promising, but takes up 72Mb and can't be moved to SD card. Advert blocks useful information (known problem - being fixed). Biggest problem is that OpenStreetMap is just not mature/accurate enough yet to rely on for navigation, sadly.

Sygic - very polished, and much development activity has been going on recently, but it cannot import my personal POIs, which is a show-stopper for me.

CoPilot - have uninstalled this, but I can't remember why!

Conclusion: I'll probably get a second-hand TomTom PND for now, and hope that the Android satnav market improves considerably in the not too distant future.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 15/05/11 @ 18:51pm | #1271

Great reviews, and great too to read the comments from other sat-nav seekers...all very helpful.

Currently I am using Google navigation but not too happy with it. Yes, it all "free" but there are some problems; the eta is way wrong when starting out, gets better as you get closer. I know many sat navs are like this but Google is way, way out.

After reading all the reviews and comments I am now down loading Sygic trial version. It is taking for every and a day to do this; I am only downloading the Ireland maps and it will take 3 hours plus. My internet connection isn't great.

Anyway, will report back on how this trial goes.

Posted by Patrick Cawley on Tuesday, 24/05/11 @ 22:40pm | #1295

For information Navigon mobile navigator runs fine on my 10.1" Superpad android tablet, graphics are excellent just a shame the programe itself is not more functional, also for the poster who asks can lg540 be upgraded, yes on the LG site but it can be easy or hard, but it is well woth while, and Sygic 10 runs fine on the LG540.

Posted by on Thursday, 23/06/11 @ 01:27am | #1355

Further to add, Navigon Mobile Navigator runs in full screem mode on the 10.1" Tablet with excellent graphics.





Posted by Alan on Friday, 24/06/11 @ 01:00am | #1365

Travelling to the USA in September. Thinking of buying a cheap Tablet PC running Google Android and wondering if I could use this with Google Maps Navigation as a Sat Nav solution. Not sure if this would work and what else I would need to buy? Mast grateful for any help from those in the know

Keith

Posted by Keith on Sunday, 3/07/11 @ 22:12pm | #1420

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You won't need any extra hardware as Android tablets should have GPS
receivers built-in (check to make sure). You didn't say which tablet you were looking at. To use Google Maps out and about, you'll need to
be accessing the Internet as the maps and data are downloaded in
real-time. So you will need a table with data access to mobile
networks, i.e. a sim-card. Downloading data might cost, so you need
to bear that in mind too.

Posted by Jack Frost on Monday, 4/07/11 @ 12:36pm | #1424

This is a really useful resource, but a little out of date.
I just tried the latest version of Sygic and it seems *much* better than the 2010 one.
All the menus are nice kinetic scrollers and it is the first (local maps) satnav app that I am aware of which makes use of the e-compass (It currently appears to be wrong in landscape mode though) - the auto-rotating walking mode looks excellent.

They also seem to have a great support site, plus an excellent suggest features system so you can vote on feature requests and see how far they have got with implimenting them.

I haven't tried it out in anger yet (just about to), I will let you know how I get on.

A free 7 day trial is available - just install the app from the market. I downloaded the whole thing and UK maps @ 400K/sec via my WiFi (Which can go up to 700+) so it was very painless.

Posted by Clive Galway on Monday, 4/07/11 @ 12:58pm | #1425

Keith - driving or walking?
I am unconvinced about the size of a tablet being suitable for dash mounting when in use as a satnav. If walking though, yeah a tablet would be lovely in use, but surely a pain to keep pulling out? (And a mugging magnet).

I would say that paying the extra charge for local maps would be a better move than paying data charges for google navigation? It would certainly cost less in the long run, and would insulate you from connectivity drop-outs.

I reckon a phone would probably be better - either go for a big screen phone (Desire HD?) or something that would offer other benefits such as a Moto Defy (Drop / Water resistant).

You may also want to consider buying it in the US as prices may be cheaper.

Posted by Clive Galway on Monday, 4/07/11 @ 13:59pm | #1427

Oh, and one more thing Keith

Bear in mind that typically an android phone can be used to provide a data connection to a laptop ("Tethering"). Therefore, if you already have a laptop, a phone would probably be a better choice than a tablet as if you want a big screen browsing experience you can just use the laptop with the internet connection provided by the phone.

The tethering app may not be present on some phones (Operators pushing google to remove app etc) but there are always workarounds - you may have to root your phone but it should be possible.

Posted by Clive Galway on Monday, 4/07/11 @ 14:05pm | #1428

OK, update on the new Sygic:
I like it, but as it stands there are a few major flaws.

1) I get seeeeeerious GPS lag
2) It crashes and locks my phone up pretty bad.
3) No "Avoid road" feature.

I made the grave error of not testing it on a known journey first and used it to direct me to my Speed Awareness Course (The one they offer you instead of points on your license).
It locked up 1km from destination with 10 mins to go, as I was about to come off a motorway and I had to spend ages finding somewhere safe to stop and fix it. I tried for a good 10 minutes to switch to a task killer and kill it but sygic had locked the phone up so bad I couldn't so I gave up, popped the battery out and finished the journey with CoPilot. Needless to say I was Not Amused. All went OK in the end and I can laugh about it now, but the temptation to speed to try and make it to the speed awareness course was almost unbearable ;)

Posted by Clive Galway on Monday, 4/07/11 @ 23:55pm | #1431

Sygic Aura has been my choice of tab based sat nav software for the last 12 months because for me, nothing else has come close. Beautiful interface and very easy to use, yes it has occasionally locked up but tell me an android device that doesn't :-)
Had it running lovely on my Samsung Galaxy Tab right up until it got stolen this week :-(
I've since been and bought myself a Motorola XOOM and downloaded Aura only to find that it wont run on a XOOM because of hardware acceleration in compatibility. Most disappointed so will be trying something else soon.

Posted by Chris Gair on Friday, 16/09/11 @ 11:29am | #1676

Does using Skobbler use any of my MB allowance ? If so does it eat it up or use little ?

Posted by pinkfella on Friday, 23/09/11 @ 19:06pm | #1702

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Yes it does. It's difficult to say exactly how much because it would depend on too many factors. Take a look at Navdroyd for an alternative that stores its maps on your SD card instead.

Posted by Jack Frost on Friday, 23/09/11 @ 21:05pm | #1703

Fantastic review.....thanks alot for your effort and time. I just have a quick quick question. Does anyone know if there are any sat nav applications that will run on the Samsung Galaxy mini besides Google navigation. Google navigation eats data and I only have 500mb a month. So can anyone out there help me? Many thanks

Posted by Jeff on Monday, 3/10/11 @ 19:32pm | #1743

RE: Copilot live premium
'Also less than useless in my opinion is the ability to navigate to the location a photo was taken..'

Obviously the writer of this article is not at familiar with the Panaramio website - where all images are geo tagged and can be transferred straight to sat nav with no need to arse about entering route details. A most usefull feature for days out and holidays.

Posted by CJS on Thursday, 3/11/11 @ 10:05am | #1883

Another contender? According to the PocketGPSWorld web site, Navfree is now available for Android.

Philip

Posted by Philip on Friday, 25/11/11 @ 10:51am | #2042

I have a samsung S2 do I need an SD card to install copilot? Thanks for any help

Posted by Paul english on Friday, 13/01/12 @ 19:48pm | #2680

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I don't think so, no. As far as I know, the Galaxy S2 has tons of memory built in even if you dont have an additional sd card. It will work anyway.

Posted by Jack Frost on Friday, 13/01/12 @ 21:25pm | #2684

CoPilot on the HTC Desire HD is a disaster. You keep have to re-install it every 2 weeks, when you turn it on you have go through configure and licence accept every time. The single map package for Europe is still not available and when you download the several maps you need, if one sticks because their server is too busy (it usually is) and restarts, it will never load another map. Yet another re-install. When it works it is quite good, but, it doesn't work.

All their tech support ever say is "it's your GPS chips" (no it's not, Google maps works), "it's your device" (no it's not, everything else works), "it's your SD card" (no it's not I did a full test on it), "it's your internet connection" (no it's not, it's a monitored industrial connection with no contention running at a fraction of capacity in the day). Basically their support exists only to deny that they should give you your money back.

Posted by Harry Davidson on Friday, 27/01/12 @ 11:32am | #2868

CoPilot Live Premium UK - asks for your pin number and one of the 'permissions' gives them the right to "Directly call phone numbers" without your express permission. YOU NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR FULL PIN NUMBER TO ANYBODY, so where are these people coming from!?

Posted by Joiner on Thursday, 1/03/12 @ 11:12am | #3492

Hi friends ,

I am using Samsung Galaxy S plus anaroid 2.3. I am searching for a navigation software which use GPS not internet connection. I tried many but don't know why not working. Can you please suggest me any GPS navigation software without internet connection.

Thanks.

Posted by on Thursday, 22/03/12 @ 10:23am | #3787

could you review navfree, navit, and osmand? (sorry, can't provide links)

thanks!

Posted by kwakubm on Thursday, 29/03/12 @ 00:54am | #3901

Great site. Trying Sygic on GalaxyS2 - is it just me but the postcode funtion seems not to work. I hardly ever input anything else in google maps (but need an offline solution for abroad that avoids data costs) - sometimes post code lists come up but more often than not they don't and when they do do not contain any I input (and they definitely exist). Also how do you clear previous lists of entered destinations (keep flashing up - v irritating....)? Thanks for any help/suggestions.

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