navfree | iPhone App Review


By SpiderGuest

General
3 November 2010

As an iPhone user since the 3G came out, the satnav function has always been somewhat limited and never really worked until the 3GS and the digital compass were released. There had always been this little bit inside of me thinking – how can Nokia make OVI and Nokia Maps for free though Apple still decide to charge us.

Co-Pilot, TomTom and a whole other array of sat-nav programs are now avaliable on the iPhone but come with a price tag which made me cringe a bit. If we were to take TomTom as a reputable sat-nav for the iPhone, you have to purchase the software RRP £49.99 and then the in-car cradel which is a further £99.99. Not only do you have to pay for both of those but when you come to changing your iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4, the cradle you have for your 3GS wouldn’t be compatible for the iPhone 4.

Now not a lot of people were happy with the prices of this as not only does TomTom take up over a gig on your iPhone but you have to purchase all of the accessories for it to make it full functional – and for the price of it you could go out and purchase a TomTom XL from a reputable retail store.

The point of the blog article is that iPhone users don’t have to pay for in-car GPS navigation programs like TomTom or Co-Pilot thanks to Navmii.

No cost, high quality.

NavFree does everything you’d expect from in-car GPS/satellite navigation, enabling you to search for an address by postcode, city, street or house, and be instantly routed there with full voice directions. NavFree will also re-route you if you take a wrong turn and provides you with handy information on journey distance, estimated time of arrival, points of interest and live Google Search for local facilities. Regular map updates will also be provided free of charge.

The only thing you’ll have to pay for is the addition of extra functions such as speed camera locations, local petrol prices and traffic information, which will be available as in-app purchases.

Allowing auto-rotation, it seems to work pretty well on the iPhone 4 (user experience can vary dependent on iPhone) and according to Navmii there is going to be an Android version out soon.

Changing the face of iPhone sat-nav?

Peter Atalla, CEO of Navmii, talking about the app:

“NavFree changes the face of GPS navigation on the iPhone. Anyone with an iPhone can now have satellite navigation for free. Mapping is provided by OpenStreetMap and is stored on the iPhone, making NavFree faster and more accurate than other free navigation services. What’s more, because the maps are stored on the phone, there are no mobile data charges – just high quality, no cost navigation. Users will be able to contribute to the success of NavFree, by providing feedback on the maps, making NavFree a community built, free to use, navigation app for iPhone and iPad.”

-Via Lifestyle Phone

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