These Apps Help Users of iPhones Find Their Way [Telecom]


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These Apps Help Users of iPhones Find Their Way
September 9, 2009
by Walter S. Mossberg
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Among its many features, Apple's iPhone is equipped with GPS and
includes manual, written driving directions built into its standard
Maps application. But that function doesn't automatically bring up
each turn sequentially, and it lacks voice prompts.
Now, a number of companies have launched, or will soon launch, iPhone
apps that do offer voice-prompted, automated, turn-by-turn
navigation. Of course, many other cellphones have long offered such
services. But the iPhone's large screen, decent mono speaker and
large selection of car mounting kits make it a tempting navigation
device.
I've been testing four such apps: from TomTom, Navigon, AT&T (T) and
Fullpower. The last, called MotionX GPS Drive, isn't available in
Apple's app store as I write this. In the case of the Navigon
MobileNavigator, which is already available, I tested an updated
version expected to hit the store shortly.
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