There are some niggles, however. If you’re used to QWERTY keyboards, CoPilot’s alphabetical one will have you hunting around for letters, and we couldn’t find any way of configuring it otherwise. In landscape mode, almost a third of the display on the right is taken up by an information bar. This contains a host of useful data, including ETA and remaining distance, plus a large graphic of the next turning and a smaller one of the turning after that. However, it occupies a lot of space onscreen, and the portrait mode packs almost as much information into a much smaller area. So you may want to use that option or turn off the display bar in landscape mode, as useful as it is.
On a more minor note, the safety camera warnings pop up 1,000 yards before the actual location, which is much sooner than most sat-navs. Also, being told about the next turning two miles ahead of time is great on a motorway, but not so useful in the city. Fortunately, both these distances can be altered in the settings.
Overall, ALK CoPilot Live 8 shows why this has been the leading smartphone sat-nav app for a while. Although the Live Services are not new compared to standalone sat-navs, CoPilot leads the pack by providing the most comprehensive interactive options yet available in a smartphone app. It’s almost ludicrous not to offer Live Search in a device which is clearly going to have mobile data built in, and this is a genuinely useful facility. Currently, only the Windows Mobile version of CoPilot offers this, too. So whilst the rush to capture the iPhone sat-nav market is on, ALK has saved its most fully featured offering for Windows Mobile, making CoPilot Live 8 currently the best navigation smartphone app. With a single-region download version starting at £25.99, and the whole of Europe at £59.99, it’s great value too.
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