VZ Navigator: Written iPhone App Review
An iPhone can be many things: a notepad, planner, social media device, and sometimes even an actual phone. One of the things I use my phone most for, however, is navigation, which is why I’m always eager to try a new GPS app.
Concept and Functionality:
I hate to say it, but I’m pretty critical of GPS apps. My aviation background plays a heavy part in this seeing as navigation is a relatively important part of flying. Therefore, I always want a reliable app which won’t lead me off a cliff or into a large body of water.
VZ Navigator looks surprisingly sleek and well organized, which is always a plus for a nav app. Buttons are fairly large and text is very easy to read, meaning drivers who keep the phone mounted to their windshield or dashboard shouldn’t find themselves leaning forward and struggling to use the app.
The main screen of VZ Navigator provides a wealth of information, such as local gas prices, movie times, events, and weather. From here, you can search for directions via typing or by using your voice.
Pressing the “Go To” button opens a whole world of possibilities. You can easily enter an address, find a cool new destination, and set favorite addresses such as home and work. There’s also a handy map that gives you an excellent visual idea of your surroundings.
VZ Navigator comes with a host of helpful features such as live traffic, turn-by-turn voice navigation, and advanced 3D navigation instructions. Plus you can view the city you’re driving in via 3D, which is a pretty neat feature.
One of my favorite features, however, is the lane assist function. This helps you plan ahead when arriving at busy intersections or roads with multiple lane changes. VZ Navigator will also alert you when you’re approaching a school zone or if you’re driving at a high rate of speed.
Lastly, VZ Navigator comes with built-in Verizon Wireless Roadside Assistance capabilities, allowing you to quickly and easily activate the service within the app. This is a great safety feature and gives Verizon users peace of mind.
While the VZ Navigator app is free, it does come with a subscription. Prices vary by plan, but it only applies to you if your cell phone carrier is Verizon. Users on other carriers can access a very limited number of features within the app, but not to the point where it’s rendered useless. You can still get directions and find nearby attractions, but you won’t be able to take advantage of turn-by-turn navigation and other cool features. It’s definitely worth checking out either way, though!
VZ Navigator is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review
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