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By James Morris



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A Points of Interest (POI) database is included, and Navigon's usual Direct Access pane is available for finding petrol stations, parking or restaurants near your current location. These can be swapped for any of the other 25 POI categories in the settings. The full POI section lets you search nearby, within a city, or nationwide. We couldn't find any notable omissions in the database compared to standalone sat-navs we have tested.

The My Destinations options include any Favourites you set up, a list of the Last Destinations you have searched for, and a Take Me Home selection which automatically navigates to your nominated place of residence. You can also supposedly import addresses from your Windows Mobile Contacts app, but we had trouble getting this to work, with the option simply leading us out of the Navigon software into Contacts. A final navigational choice is to set up a multi-point route via the Options button at the bottom of the screen. The Services include just two sections - a three-day weather report for your chosen location, and HRS Hotel Reservation.

Once your destination is input and the route calculated, the map view offers most of Navigon's latest bells and whistles. Lane Assistance Pro provides a detailed schematic of the lanes in a junction, so you know which one you need to be in. The Reality View Pro system shows a realistic graphic of a multi-lane junction onscreen, including the road signs and lanes you are likely to be viewing through your car windscreen. But it only works when your smartphone is in landscape mode. MobileNavigator's only significant omissions compared to a standalone Navigon device are the 3D landmark and Curve Warner systems found in higher-end models, such as the 7210.

On a more prosaic level, the map view includes a comprehensive amount of useful information. The current speed limit is shown in an entirely recognisable road sign format in the top left. Navigon's trademark, rather twee intonation of ‘Beware' lets you know when you're above the limit by a given amount, which is configurable in the settings. Speed camera warnings are included, but you have to turn these on manually after reading a warning message, as this facility is illegal in some countries. You can also add traffic updates, but this requires a separate Bluetooth RDS-TMC receiver and subscription.

Lee Marshall

February 23, 2009, 4:45 pm

Is this compatible with WVGA screens as well or will it leave a black bar at the bottom?

James Morris

February 23, 2009, 4:59 pm

Navigon doesn't say, and I don't have a WVGA smartphone to test this on. The compatibility list is available here:


But if you have a WVGA smartphone, the free trial means you can check it out with no risk. Let us know if you find out either way!


February 23, 2009, 6:30 pm

I'd be tempted if they came out with one for the IPhone, but saying that getting along nicely using googlemaps, :), yeah I know it's not turn by turn, but using it's tracking mode works pretty well.

Andy Vandervell

February 23, 2009, 7:10 pm

I used to think likewise, Keith, but these days with proper GPS devices going for less than 𧴜 I'm not sure it's worth it. Were it incorporate Live traffic updates ala the TomTom's, though, my view might be changed. ;)

Martin Daler

February 23, 2009, 7:21 pm

I don't suppose the other applications you mention in your summary is supposed to be an exhaustive list, but I would have thought Copilot7 would be worth a mention (it will do house numbers with postcodes for starters).

James Morris

February 23, 2009, 7:54 pm

Yes, CoPilot 7 is a very good alternative, and we liked it a lot when we reviewed it:


However, there hasn't been a new version in quite a while now. The maps are a bit out of date and it lacks the latest bells and whistles like Lane Assistance, which is really very useful indeed.


February 23, 2009, 10:24 pm

Like the OP pointed out, I'm one of those who doesn't fancy carrying yet another gadget around with me. And I see no reason why live traffic updates should not be part of it.

Martin Daler

February 24, 2009, 1:15 am

@James - CoPilot are a bit tardy with map updates - my own locale has had a new road shoved through it a in October, but even Navteq don't seem to have updated their data yet, so who knows when CoPilot will. Given that road building is a major civil engineering undertaking with much planning beforehand, I find it hard to understand how it can take longer to plot the road on a database than it does to carve it on the face of the earth.

On a better note, CoPilot does update its speedcamera database about every fortnight, for free (of course, the supporting road needs to be mapped first!).

James Morris

February 24, 2009, 2:31 am

@Keith I full expect live traffic to be integral to mobile phone-based sat-navs in the very near future - this is how HD Traffic gets its information, after all. So keep your eyes peeled!

@Martin Daler Yes, the free speed camera updates from CoPilot are an excellent feature, considering how much most manufacturers charge for this on an annual basis.

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