First Best Buy sat nav app revealed by Which?Finally a smartphone app that is worth downloading

10 September 2011

Garmin Navigon Iphone4

Garmin and Navigon apps for the Apple iPhone

After two years and many contenders going through our thorough tests, Which? can now reveal the first Best Buy downloadable sat nav app for a smartphone

Which? first tested sat nav apps in 2009, but few since then have done well enough to challenge the best dedicated sat nav devices. They tend to be much cheaper though, and some - like Google Maps - are even free. 

Apps are getting better

We've seen an increase in performance of sat nav apps recently. The Navigon app in our latest test impressed our testers with its sharp, easy to follow mapping and clear audio with timely, polite-sounding instructions.

Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone

Garmin recently launched its StreetPilot, an app for the iPhone. Its interface is much like dedicated Garmin sat nav devices, but it doesn't have as many features. Less information can be displayed on the screen at any time. At £35, however, it is much cheaper than a Garmin. 

Now on version 1.8, TomTom's iPhone app has been available for two years. Like the Garmin and Navigon, it allows the user to add live traffic avoidance features for an annual subscription.

To see how they all got on in our full on-road and in-lab tests, - and find out which is our first sat nav app Best Buy - head over to the sat navs reviews section.

More on this..

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