Read the full Navigon MobileNavigator for Android review

If you just want an occasional bit of assistance with your journeys, Google Maps Navigation will do the job for free. But if you need a few more features, and particularly if you plan on travelling in Europe, where mobile data roaming charges could be prohibitive, a standalone app with local maps makes a lot more sense. Navigon's MobileNavigator for Android is a little pricey, particularly when you consider the Western Europe version of TomTom for iPhone costs the same as the UK and Ireland version of MobileNavigator. But you can't get TomTom for Android yet, so MobileNavigator is worth considering, although we would recommend running it on a more recent handset than the G1 we used, for a more fluid interface.

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December 8, 2010, 1:11 pm

I used to have Navigon on an old Nokia Navigator - I'd be interested to know how good / otherwise the traffic updates are with Android, because with the Nokia I never seemed to get stuck in a jam at all.

James Morris

December 9, 2010, 2:02 am

@CodeMonkey It's hard to test traffic unless you use something for a few weeks. MobileNavigator certainly downloads the traffic updates pretty quickly and regularly, and I didn't get stuck in any unwanted jams during testing. But that's a pretty unscientific view! The RDS-TMC system can work well, but I've seen it miss some pretty major jams on other devices.


December 10, 2010, 3:02 am

google have just announced that google maps is changing from tile based maps, that you have to have a data connection for, to vector based ones that can be downloaded and used offline.

i think i read that the update is happening in the next few weeks. at which point satnav software from navigon, copilot et al is going to look v.expensive.

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