Navigator 1.5i from AT&T for iPhone

New updates were coming from AT&T Navigator which is the official app of GPS navigation for iPhone, from the time of its release i.e. last summer. Its technology and the staple business model made it low when compared to other competitors of it. It is considered to be bit expensive at a price of $9.99 for each month and $69.99 for every year, than other prevailing GPS softwares, that are available in a single buy. Maps are downloaded from real time by AT&T navigator than storing locally, and in areas having bad cell signal this app doesn’t work. All these hurdles can be dealt with the new version Navigator 1.5i from AT&T. This new Navigator 1.5i has automatic night mode, a shortcut icon to home address, and capacity to return to any destination by shaking the iPhone. The later feature is real fun, where you can return to the home page by just shaking the phone. The signs of speed limits will also be shown by the app for the road that is used currently. Warning signals with both audio and video cues are given when speed limit is exceeded.

Music can be controlled while navigating and settings can be made such that the volume of the sound automatically decreases while spoken direction come.  Landscape mode is supported by the app which is a natural thing for GPS apps. This app can also direct the user to contacts in the address book and a track of the origin of last trip is also kept so that the user can return back easily. To unsubscribe you can do it directly from the app itself.

The user interface simulates the original app mostly. User can navigate by searching the POI database which is extensive in the app, by operating a search like Google, or striking on a saved favorite or recent destination.  Most of the routes in the test were found easily by the app. Panera bread, the local one is missed by the Navigator, surprisingly.

This app is quite reliable on road with an overall correct routing performance. A 3D map is displayed during navigation which helps in showing the estimated distance before next turn, name of the coming up street and total estimated time for reaching the destination etc at one glance. Readouts are missed by the app for speed limit, current speed, remaining estimated distance and time remaining. These are seen in TomTom app additionally.

3D lane supervision is not present in the app which helps in exiting intricate interchanges on roads and highways. Routes are checked by the app which notifies the traffic jams and luckily doesn’t reroute automatically if there is one.  Yet, manual detouring is not triggered if needed as this Navigator from AT&T is very stubborn regarding its route choices.  Coming to audio, voice prompts are not so loud but are clear and crisp.  For people who want a route navigator, Navigator 1.5i from AT&T is still a better option and can be considered undoubtedly.

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