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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
NAVIGON Mobile Navigator 1.5.0 Panorama View 3D – Twitter – Facebook - first look
NAVIGON Mobile Navigator 1.5.0 Panorama View 3D – Twitter – Facebook - first look

Please register to read allWhat a nice surprise to see that NAVIGON got their new update ready in the App Store yesterday.  Social is the buzzword these days and the NAVIGON Management must have insisted in social integration. One of the competitors Sygic has a brand new social GPS product almost ready; it’s called Aura by the way.

Anyway lets concentrate on this new release, buy the 3D Panorama option and checkout the other new features; NAVIGON Myway and Social media integration. Jump in!

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Panorama View 3D

For even more comfort, update 1.5.0 can also be optionally enhanced with Panorama View 3D. The display, based on the surroundings, improves orientation and gives the user a realistic overview of the landscape. iPhone users can buy Panorama View 3D as an in-app purchase for 9.99 euros.

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iPhone apps | NAVIGON Mobile Navigator 1.5.0iPhone apps | NAVIGON Mobile Navigator 1.5.0


This is at least what NAVIGON tells about it. My first tests with the feature enabled, show a slowdown of the app in many ways. I have an iPhone 3GS, fastest on the market, and I feel that some interface interactions are slower than before. Sometimes you don’t know if you have pressed something or not because of the late response. Also the screen updates while navigating are sometimes a bit slower but this is still in the acceptable range of cool.

I made some demo routes in hill areas which I know very good and there you see very slight difference in height, so for instance people who drive only in The Netherlands it is not an added value (also in the south of Holland). In contrast I made some routes in the Alps in Switzerland and Nice and there the Panorama 3D feature shines. In some views I found some strange height artifacts but they are minor. All in all, I am happy with this new feature and it can be turned off, which is my recommendation in flat areas to have smoother screen updates.

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iPhone apps | NAVIGON Mobile Navigator 1.5.0iPhone apps | NAVIGON Mobile Navigator 1.5.0

 

NAVIGON MyRoutes

This is the marketing speech from the German company;

The NAVIGON MyRoutes feature turns the iPhone into a personal route planner. Route calculations take the user’s personal driving style, the day of the week and the time of day into account. The feature then bases future route recommendations and arrival time calculations on the user’s personal driving style. NAVIGON MyRoutes recommends up to three routes for the driver to choose from but also recommends the best route for them – based on their previous driving behaviour.

Twitter & Facebook

With NAVIGON MobileNavigator 1.5.0, users can communicate in real time. Thanks to the new Facebook and Twitter integration, they can let their friends and acquaintances know their current location, their destination and their planned time of arrival. They can also add a short message to the post. ‘Facebook and Twitter will now also accompany our uses on their car journey upon request.

I posted my location on Twitter, like you can see on the screenshots. It didn’t succeed the first try but later it did work fine. I don’t know yet how I can post the planned time of arrivel though.

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iPhone apps | NAVIGON Mobile Navigator 1.5.0iPhone apps | NAVIGON Mobile Navigator 1.5.0
iPhone apps | NAVIGON Mobile Navigator 1.5.0iPhone apps | NAVIGON Mobile Navigator 1.5.0

Price Promotion

NAVIGON AG is so nice to make a special Easter promo and offers the app (EU) from today on until April 12th for only 59.99 Euro

 

 



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