5 GPS Apps for the iPhone

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I just recently purchased an iPhone 3GS and these five apps are ones I found while doing some research for myself.  Now be warned, I don’t have deep pockets so I have not purchased any of these apps with the exception of Roadee. So instead of being a review, this is merely a list which showcases each app as described in the apple app store. Each of these apps should work with an iPhone 3G or 3GS. They will not work with the original iPhone since it did not have a GPS built-in.  Keep reading to find out more about the AT&T Navigator, CoPilot Live, TomTom, Roadee, and OSMTrack.

1). AT&T Navigator: $9.99/month

Basically once you download the app, you’ll be billed monthly on your AT&T wireless bill. I would suggest this to anyone that just needs a GPS application temporary like for a vacation or long road trip. The notes on the apple store page says you can cancel at any time.

FEATURES:

  • Voice-Guided and 3D onscreen navigation
  • Automatic rerouting
  • Automatic map updates
  • Real-time traffic updates

REVIEWS:

Review: AT&T Navigator for iPhone – Geek.com
AT&T Navigator GPS Review – PC World

SCREENSHOTS:

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2). Copilot Live North America: $34.99

Copilot Live is developed by ALK Technologies and they make GPS software for mobile devices such as the the iPhone, Android and as well as laptops. Unlike the AT&T Navigator, all of the maps are stored on your iPhone itself so the application itself takes up 1.1 GB.

FEATURES:

  • Turn-by-turn voice directions
  • Rather than streaming map information, all of the map data is stored on your iPhone
  • Portrait/landscape display auto-switching
  • Automatic day/night mode
  • LiveLink - apparently you can do location sharing and messaging with other CoPilot users.
  • Live Weather information
  • RV mode provides guidance for larger vehicles

REVIEWS:

CoPilot GPS Live navigation app comes to the iPhone – geeks.com
Co-Pilot Live for iPhone Review – PDA 247

SCREENSHOTS:

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3). TomTom for iPhone: $99.99

The most widely known name in GPS finely has a GPS iPhone app but it is expensive! This app is brand name and just came out August 15th.  Just like the CoPilot, all of the maps on the TomTom are stored on the iPhone so the application takes up 1.2 GB.

FEATURES:

  • Turn-by-Turn voice navigation
  • “Tap and Go” – basically tap point A to point B and TomTom displays all the best routes
  • Portrait/landscape display auto-switching
  • Find an entry in your contacts list and TomTom will find the way there (assuming you have their address in the contact list)
  • IQ Routes – TomTom’s trademarked smartest routes.

REVIEWS:

TomTom iPhone App GPS Review – GPSReview.net
Hands on: TomTom for iPhone review – TechRadarUK

SCREENSHOTS:

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4). Roadee: $1.99

The Roadee is the cheapest of the bunch at just $1.99. The reason for it being so cheap is because it’s based on an OpenSource project called openstreetmap. “Openstreetmap is like wikipedia for maps,” quoted from the app description. The routing information is calculated and provided by another OpenSource project called CloudMade. I did purchase this app,  so I can talk a little bit about its features first hand. This app is not going to win awards based on its looks. It does some of the basic features needed in a GPS like turn-by-turn “voice” directions.  The developers says they are constantly fine turning the application so expect some updates soon. One of the caveats like AT&T’s offering, the maps are loaded on the iPhone and are downloaded as needed. So if your connection drops  or you have a slow internet connection, this may affect your map and routing info.  The install is only 5.1 MB.

FEATURES:

  • Turn-by-Turn voice directions
  • Ability to plot a course from your home to an address stored in your contacts
  • Rudimentary points of interest
  • Free Driving

REVIEWS:

None

SCREENSHOTS:

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5). OSMTrack: Cost $0.99

This last application is not an application for giving you directions from point A to point B. This application is a tracking app that interfaces with OpenStreetMap project mentioned in the previous app. Had to throw a zigger in there to throw you off. This app is designed for people who would like to contribute to OpenStreetmap development in creating better maps for the OpenSource community. This is for the gungho adventurous types that want to go out there and fix all the wrong map data in the world or at least in your own community.

FEATURES:

  • Direct upload to the OpenStreetMap
  • Supports multiple tracks
  • Precise information on current GPS accuracy
  • Compass Rose
  • Supports interruptions (basically has a pause recording button)
  • Both standard and metric systems

REVIEWS:

None

SCREENSHOTS:

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