Navigon SatNav for iPhone [review]

Navigon, makers of Satellite Navigation systems, recently released version 1.8.0 of their iPhone SatNav app. There are a number of SatNav apps for the iPhone now, so what makes Navigon’s offering worth a look?

Version 1.8.0 brings up to date maps (always useful) and an augmented reality mode called “Reality Scanner”. Selecting the reality scan mode brings up a moving image taken by the iPhone’s rear camera, and overlaid is a band that tells you when you are facing a nearby Point of Interest. So by scanning your iPhone back and forth you get an instant idea of what’s nearby. This is of much more use when out walking than driving, to be honest, but could be very useful when wandering round a town or city centre.

Another new feature is the Traffic Check. After calculating your route a screen pops up to tell you if there are any known traffic problems on the way. Bear in mind, however, that this isn’t a full-blown traffic update service. To get live traffic information en-route requires an in-app purchase.

Speaking of in-app purchases, there are a number of add-ons that can be activated for an additional fee. Surprisingly, postcode navigation is one of the add-ons. It’s one of the cheaper ones, at just £1.19, but it’s still something I’m more used to having included as standard with a satellite navigation system.

At the other end of the scale is the Truck and Caravan Navigation add-on, which costs £59.99 and suggests routes suitable for larger vehicles.

In terms of actually using the Navigon app, all is rosy. It’s simple to navigate, knows even the more obscure addresses I’ve tried (many systems struggle with new estates), and it has a nice clean look to it. I’m particularly liking the emphasis on making it easy to find parking, and how when you arrive at your destination it tells you which side of the car you should be able to see it on. Google search integration makes it easy to find destinations the Navigon database doesn’t natively know about.

All in all, Navigon’s iPhone SatNav app is a very good offering from a well known navigation company. At £19.99 it comes in near the middle of the price range for the various apps available, and I would say it’s certainly worth your attention if you’re looking to buy some navigation software for your iPhone.

Navigon for British Isles is available from the App Store.

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  1. Navigon user says:

    Reality Scan functionality on Navigon iPhone when showing actually map automatically turns on the camera on when i absolutely don’t need it ( which I never do). How the hell dó I stop it from doing this? Any suggestions?

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