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Navigon MobileNavigator 7 - Navigon MobileNavigator 7

By James Morris


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The name of the next road and your current road are stacked at the bottom of the interface, with the distance to destination and expected time of arrival just above. The Lane Assistant Pro information pops up above this. A symbol showing your next turn sits on the left, with a smaller symbol showing the turn after that, which is helpful when the two occur in rapid succession. Despite all these on-screen elements, there's still a reasonable amount of space for the map itself.

Performance of course depends on your particular smartphone, its processor, screen size and graphics response. Our test device was an HTC Touch Diamond with an external Bluetooth GPS receiver. Whilst screen updates were a little more laggy than the standalone Navigon devices we have tested, we still had no problem navigating. The voice commands were clear and directions appeared in good time. Overall, aside from the smaller screen on the HTC phone, it wasn't significantly more difficult to navigate with MobileNavigator than other Navigon devices we've tested - so perfectly adequate to get the job done. Since the software has a pedestrian route profile option, you might find yourself using it when not in a car as well.


Navigon's MobileNavigator 7 isn't the only software available for turning your smartphone into a sat-nav device. TomTom's Navigator 6 offers similar features and costs about the same, or there's Wayfinder Navigator 8. Whichever you choose, you will need to factor in a kit for mounting your phone in the car and a charger cable, usually at least £10-15. So a standalone sat-nav could still work out costing a similar amount, and will probably be less hassle to use for frequent journeys. Nevertheless, we had no complaints about MobileNavigator's ability during testing. It's well worth considering if you do want to save on the gadget clutter, and turn the smartphone in your pocket into a part-time sat-nav.

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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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