Although the software has great features, it doesn’t quite have the same level of flexibility as you get on a dedicated system from the likes of TomTom or Mio either. You can’t tell it to specifically avoid a road block for instance and you can’t create multi-point trips, both of which are significant omissions. But it does have a pedestrian mode, you can optimise routes for either speed or shortest distance and there’s also the facility to avoid toll roads – handy on that touring holiday of France.
There’s no denying that Wayfinder Navigator 7 is a clever system. And it’s one that works well. It’s the only way of adding sat-nav to your phone if your handset has no way of extending its memory allocation, and at £68 for the UK and Ireland version and £99 for the European version, it’s cheap too. Bearing in mind this includes a speed camera database, that’s pretty good value for money, especially if you already have a Bluetooth GPS receiver module or your phone has one built in. However if you don’t, the GPS package, which includes a re-branded Royaltek RBT-2001 receiver, adds another £60 to the total cost.
But with no road block avoidance or multipoint route facility, there’s also no getting around the fact that the software isn’t quite as powerful as either other mobile navigation packages or software found on dedicated systems. Furthermore, it’s impossible to ignore the potential for wallet-unfriendly data charges when used abroad.
The prospect of reducing my in-car gadget paraphernalia by combining my phone with Wayfinder Navigator is certainly tempting, but if it came to the crunch I’d still spend a little bit more and go for a decent dedicated device.
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