Since the first release of TomTom’s navigation software and hardware I have been a massive fan. Installing the software on nearly every Windows mobile device I have owned. Since progressing unto an iPhone it seemed to make sense to check out the market and see what else was on offer.
I looked at TomTom for the iPhone, but was put off with the price tag. Reviews on iTunes suggested additional hardware would be required.
Which is where CoPilot took over, CoPilot Live 8 is available on the iTunes store for £29.99 and includes a lot of features which are optional extra’s if you was to purchase the TomTom package.
One main appealing feature being the ‘clearer guidance at junctions’ feature. I have seen TomTom’s offering of this recently – and wasn’t that impressed. I have not yet had the opportunity to properly test the feature on CoPilot due to work commitments. However, no doubt it will be used heavily when I go to London next week.
CoPilot even claims to keep providing faultless directions when travelling through tunnels. Which I know from experience is something TomTom does not do well! One other big feature I love is the way you can control your iPod music without having to quit the CoPilot application. Which makes this plus my music collection and my iTrip the perfect companion for long journeys.
Some of CoPilots other features are:
Turn after turn indicator – makes driving more predictable, as you get to see not only the next turn on your journey, but also the one after that!
Speed Limit Alerts – Which makes one less thing to worry about on the unknown roads
3D Landmarks – Make’s the maps and directions look a little more like what you can see out of your window
Brand Name POI’s – find those commonly known brands in and around your location and destination
Full-featured walking mode – for those places your car just cannot reach
Photo Navigation – navigate to the geo-tagged location of one of your phone memories pictures
Fuel Prices – Don’t just search for a fuel station, search for the cheapest!
Mike Hudson is a Systems engineer living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..