iPhone GPS navigational systems have taken a sudden turn for the better in the last couple years. What we mean by that is that they’ve progressed rapidly, evolving from the Google Maps-based wonders they once were into fully functional TomTom substitutes: One can even purchase TomTom for the iPhone, if that’s their kick. However, we’d suggest the curious among us first check out CoPilot Live Premium, by developer ALK Technologies. For our full thoughts on this feature-rich satellite navigation utility, check below after the break!
Concept and Functionality
CoPilot Live is, in every sense of the word, the sort of GPS navigational tool you’d expect. Users are free to put in destinations, and then CoPilot does the rest by determining the best possible route, creating a directions list, and then immediately launching into voice-navigate steps based on geographic location. In essence, it’s a GPS: How odd is it that we can say that now, when sat-navs didn’t exist a mere ten years ago?
Regardless, because there are about a dozen other titles in the App Store to provide this same functionality, we’ll be focusing on what makes CoPilot Live different and interesting. For starters, the app has a distinct focus on points-of-interest, allowing users to search for entertaining waypoints in their area, and even share these finds to Twitter of Facebook. The app also hosts a number of additives designed to ease the driving experience: There’s a Dude Where’s My Car? style feature that directs you to the last place you parked, as well as an overall emphasis on touch-controls. All in all, it’s a feature-rich package, and one that easily competes with leading hardware brands like Garmin.
We’ve been hearing reports of GPS redundancies within CoPilot Live from other users, and though we haven’t experience any of this during our review, we do have a few bones to pick with the app: For starters, CoPilot Live comes stock with a live traffic service that will reroute any unpleasant directions based on traffic. However this, as well as the exceptional Live Fuel Prices service, cost an extra $9.99 and $4.99 a year, which grinds our gears a sconce. We appreciate the need to recoup costs, but considering the hefty price of the application to start with, we feel a reduced rate would be more acceptable.
CoPilot Live clocks in at $14.99 in the App Store, which is hefty for an iPhone application, but absolutely bargain-bin for a GPS hardware set. With that in mind, if you’re looking for a quality replacement for a dedicated sat-nav, the price is easily worth it. If you’re simply looking for a more advanced Google Maps utility, we’d suggest you might look elsewhere.
CoPilot Live requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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