5 thoughts on “iPhone GPS App Review Roundup”

  1. G-Maps East was the first GPS app that I purchased. The fact is that it works. However, it has some serious shortcomings. The most important is that G-Maps regularly makes nonsensical routing suggestions. If you did not know where you were or how to get where you are going G-Maps will get you there none the less. And if you did not know better, you might not be aware of how idiotic the route was that you took to get to your destination. However, if you do know where you are and where it is that you are going the routes often do not make much sense. Then again, if you know where you are and where you are going you probably would not use a GPS anyway.

    This flaw is not the end of the world. If you deviate from the suggested route G-Maps will effectively recalculate the route based on your deviation from the suggested route. I have played with the “Route Options” preferences without much improvement. But bottom line: G-Maps will get you to your destination.

    The quality of the voice that G-Maps uses is quite pleasant. Voice direction is timely yet not irritating. Unfortunately, the speakers on the iPhone are woefully inadequate for voice directions. It is almost impossible for me to hear the voice direction in my SUV. I have since purchased the Navigon app which has a volume control which when increased, makes Navigon much louder ( though still not loud enough). This is a feature that G-Maps might add in a future update.

    It is rumored that the TomTom Car Kit (when released) will work with other GPS apps. This could take care of the low volume problem. Another work around would be to use a FM transmitter to feed the audio voice direction through the car’s stereo. The problem with this solution is that you can listen to downloaded music using the iPod functions but you cannot listen to regular AM or FM radio.

    For many people, G-Maps is all that you need. I foresee the possibility of future updates which my correct some of its deficiencies of G-Maps, thus making it an even better value. As of now, the battle among the GPS app makers is on. In the end, the true winner will be the iPhone owner.

  2. I’ve also been using gmaps east for a few months. It’s definitely a worthwhile turn by turn gps device that could replace a standalone unit. Like the previous guy, I’ve noticed it makes some boneheaded routing decisions compared to my standalone garmin, but so did previous gen tomtoms. I really think tomtom and others should consider xmaps idea of breaking their north America map in half and charge half price. This would greatly increase sales and ease the space requirement a bit as well. As of now, there’s no way tomtom does enough better than gmaps to justify their price when I’ve already spent $35 on gmap east!

  3. I tried using G-map in a car where Garmin was also in use and Garmin was much more verbally informative. On a busy highway Garmin kept me in the correct lane for an upcoming turn rather than just telling me there was a turn coming up. Many intersections in (in New Jersey) require that you be in the right lane to make a left turn – I think they call it a jug handle turn. G-Map rarely prepared me for those krazy turns but Garmin did much better.

  4. Article miss-titled, should be SatNav App Review Roundup. A gps app is something completely different.

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