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midgeman

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501 posts

100 months

Friday 11th November 2011
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Hi,
Can anyone help advise me on the best satnav system for iPhones please? Ideally free or cheap, don't really want to pay for subscriptions or lots of updates, only need to use it in the UK too. And dont want anything thats going to eat up my net usage..

Also need a cradle, can anyone reccomend a good one please, preferably windscreen mounted.

Thanks

Chicarito

1,017 posts

57 months

Friday 11th November 2011
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Skobbler seems to be the best of the freebies - but I use Navigon, which I'd rate as the best of the paid for apps.

Wouldn't bother with windscreen mounts - not yet found one I really get along with - I'd look for a semi-permanent Brodit Proclip mount instead.

onyx39

8,569 posts

56 months

Sunday 13th November 2011
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I use this which IIRC was pretty close the being free!


jdcampbell

380 posts

155 months

Sunday 13th November 2011
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I have tried skobbler and navfree (above) as well as Copilot.

Of the freebies I liked Navfree best, good integration with Google search; highly recommended.

kevin63

4,651 posts

159 months

Sunday 13th November 2011
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Don't know if it still does but Skobbler used to use data where as Navfree doesn't (as far as I'm aware) Navfree is good for me.
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topman2180

2 posts

65 months

Thursday 17th November 2011
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Navfree is ok been using it a few months now after refusing to pay tom tom renewal subscriptions.

You don't get the bells and whistles of a tom tom like advanced lane guidance and traffic re routing.

If tom tom was a 5 out of 5 " I had a tom tom go 550" , I'd give Nav free a 3 out of 5 based on functionality alone but 5 out of 5 on price,

about £4 for speed camera and removal of ads, but nothing further to pay unlike a tom tom.

.On the downside Nav free has one led me up a one was street and you will get stuck in traffic especially in London! , but it will get you

to your destination, A good but basic Sat Nav,and I'm still using it.

Here is the cradle I have this one is quality, only downside is if you have a case on your Iphone it has to come of before you use the cradle.


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midgeman

Original Poster:

501 posts

100 months

Friday 18th November 2011
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Thanks guys, downloaded it earlier in the week, doesn't want to find me a route though, constantly says it cannot calculate a route, I'm off to north Wales today, a journey iv never done and no sat nav at the moment so going on Google map directions that iv printed out... lets see what time I get there.

It says poor gps when it starts up so don't know if that's got anything to do with it. was doing it even with 3G.
Iv got a route set up on Google maps on the phone but I think that uses data so don't really want to set it up and run it as a sat nav for the 4 or 5 hours I'll be driving.

bakerstreet

2,940 posts

71 months

Monday 21st November 2011
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Chicarito said:
Skobbler seems to be the best of the freebies - but I use Navigon, which I'd rate as the best of the paid for apps.

Wouldn't bother with windscreen mounts - not yet found one I really get along with - I'd look for a semi-permanent Brodit Proclip mount instead.
I have a Griffin iPhone specific mount and it works with most of Griffin's iphone cases, so you don't have to take your phone out of the case to use it in the windscreen mount.

I use the CoPilot app. Its only £20 and has been very reliable. It can struggle in the centre of London, but so does my TomTom at times.

Never tried one of the free ones. CoPilot is only £20 smile

Squadrone Rosso

787 posts

53 months

Sunday 5th February 2012
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The NAVIGON app is fantastic on the iPhone. Used it in our classic Alfa around Europe last year.

Part of the Garmin empire now but streets ahead of our nuvi.

85Carrera

1,201 posts

143 months

Wednesday 5th September 2012
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Did you need to use 3G or bad elf/similar for navigon?

R7YN

278 posts

45 months

Sunday 16th September 2012
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Anyone else notice how crap Navigon is now since the last update?

Before the update it was awesome, used it mounted in my Brodit Clip and I couldn't be happier with it! Now it's a joke frown

Rant over.

Dave Hedgehog

8,032 posts

110 months

Sunday 16th September 2012
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onyx39 said:
I use this which IIRC was pretty close the being free!

it does not know London's one way systems very well, last week this poxy thing tried to get me to turn right into a no right turn and i had to go into the CC zone ...

audi321

3,501 posts

119 months

Friday 21st September 2012
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I bit the bullet a couple of years back and bought the Tomtom app (full europe) which IIRC cost me £49 (I had a discount voucher).

I used it with the 3GS and it wasn't that good (GPS signal wasn't great) but with the 4S it's fantastic (quicker than my wifes Tomtom Go). I get lifetime of free map updates/camera updates/etc. Only downside is the battery life on the phone is crap when it's on the satnav (but this is all satnavs on the iphone, not just tomtom).

Well worth it IMO.

devnull

1,382 posts

63 months

Tuesday 25th September 2012
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Sam here for the tomtom sat nav, great just to have in your pocket for when needed. HD Traffic is darn accurate too.

Johnny

7,947 posts

190 months

Wednesday 26th September 2012
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Yep, another shout for TomTom here.

Never worked on my 4 but after getting it replaced after damaged it was a revelation. Working perfectly on the 5 now too.

I'm using a Navigon mount, and hoping they bring an adapter for the 5 out soon. In the meantime it's still usable by securing the top of the 5 with a laggy band.

CarCluster

183 posts

44 months

Wednesday 3rd October 2012
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Anyone tried M8? What the hey - Im gonna download it now and let you know! Can compare to TomTom from about 2 years ago - watch this space

Dodsy

6,792 posts

133 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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I use a tomtom in the car but have the free waze app on the iphone for those times when I am out and about with friends and we invariably get lost (no its ok I know where I'm going we dont need satnav or a map)

Also very useful for finding the car when its parked somewhere out of the way.

FFSport

425 posts

44 months

Thursday 18th October 2012
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I must admit, I used to have a NavMan in the car, but used to get me lost all the time, a Couple of my friends have the TomTom iPhone app the full one so i dished out for that for full europe, tbh its brilliant, I have tried a couple of the free ones but i seem to find the google maps one is pretty decent especially if you have iOS 6.


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halstock

73 posts

44 months

Saturday 20th October 2012
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I have the £49 Tom Tom app on iPhone 4S and can't fault it. Yes it drains the battery but if charging while using it seems to stay neutral on power use.

JPJPJP

3,524 posts

74 months

Saturday 20th October 2012
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I like waze