The mapping data isn’t perfect, though, for example suggesting during our testing that we make a right turn where this has been illegal for years. But you can tidy this up using the map feedback tool. This can be accessed either via the main menu or a button within the map screen. You can then report a missing street, a wrong street name, turning restrictions, and so on. These will be fed back to the OpenStreetMap project, improving the map data for all users.
Although these aren’t included as standard, safety camera locations can be added as an optional extra, and they cost just £1.99. The safety camera information is provided by KeeWee, but although the price is very reasonable the database on offer in our test app was from 24th June 2011, so not as fresh as the dynamically updated services such as TomTom’s LIVE provide. There’s also no traffic update option currently available, unlike the Waze app, so you won’t be given routes around congestion.
Navfree follows the latest trends with its location-sharing facilities, though. You can enter details of your Facebook and Twitter accounts in the settings, and then share your current location or any other one you find on either service. You can also share via email and SMS. In each case, your recipients get a link that will load Navfree with your location, so they can find their way there or come to meet you.
There are definitely some holes in Navfree’s features, with the bizarre POI system a particular weakness, and if you’re hoping to rely on it for regular travel you may find premium software more effective. But Navfree does surprisingly well for the occasional journey. If you don’t currently have navigation software on your iPhone, it’s well worth downloading. After all, you can’t argue with free, for those times when it’s not worth paying too much for quality.
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