CoPilot can warn you of approaching safety cameras but by default this facility is disabled so you need to turn it on in the settings. Similarly, map POI display is turned off during motion by default as well, so you won’t see the exact location of the safety camera onscreen until you enable this feature. But having all the POIs marked onscreen does slow down screen updates in urban areas, so you may want to do without.
One feature you don’t need to enable is the full-screen lane guidance graphic. This pops up at complex junctions to tell you which carriageways to be in, and includes more than just major motorways. In many instances, the signposts to look out for will also be illustrated, to make doubly sure you go the right way.
ALK’s CoPilot Live 8 for iPhone was already shaping up well merely because of its extremely keen price. But it’s also comprehensively featured. Even with a year’s subscription to the Premium Live Services, it’s still cheaper than the alternatives from TomTom and Navigon. If you only want occasional navigation, CoPilot Live can turn your iPhone into all the sat-nav you will ever need for much less than a standalone unit, even when you factor in the cost of a screen mount and car power cable. Add in the Live extras, and it’s almost as powerful as devices costing closer to £200.