November 17, 2011

Navigon 2.0 App - New Interface, Map Management

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Navigon, a long time GPS maker (now owned by Garmin), and longtime navigation App producer is moving into their 2.0 version with an updated Map Management. The changes clean up the interface (a bit) and makes it more "Map Centric" which is a good thing. While I loved the Navigon flexibility, it bowed under the weight of all of that flexibility; I think that the change is a good thing.

Map Management - download the App, then download your maps by state separately. Some might not like this, or be surprised by it, but let's face it, you don't need all of the states, and if you eventually go there, you can simply get a connection and download the maps. A full set of maps is about 1.7 GB of space, so the state by state idea can save valuable space on your phone.

When you start up the new Navigon 2.0 app, it brings you right to the map management screen, and gives you the option to download maps. I downloaded a total of about 194MB for states I usually visit (Mainly in the Northeast), and saved about 1.5GB on my phone; definitely a big help. The 194MB of map files downloaded over my WiFi in a couple of minutes.

If you hurry, you can get $25 off the regular price through November 30, 2011. The Navigon 2.0 upgrade is free for current users.

Applications
NAVIGON for iPhone North America: $39.99 instead of $59.99
NAVIGON for iPhone USA: $29.99 instead of $49.99
NAVIGON for iPhone Canada: $29.99 instead of $49.99
NAVIGON for iPhone East, Central or West: $19.99 instead of $29.99

In App Purchases

NAVIGON FreshMaps:
North America: $14.99 instead of $19.99
USA (upgrades to maps of North America): $19.99 instead of $39.99
Canada (upgrades to maps of North America): $19.99 instead of $39.99
MyRegion (upgrades to maps of North America): $24.99 instead of $49.99

Safety Cameras: $4.99
Traffic Live: $19.99
ZAGAT Survey® Ratings and Reviews: $7.99
Panorama View 3D: $9.99

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Posted by Scott Martin at November 17, 2011 7:20 AM

Recent Comments

One thought:
You listed in your review, but didn't really call out, the fact that freshmaps are now a subscription based, in-app purchase.

Historically, (and I realize for smartphone apps history is just a couple of years!) Navigon and other app vendors gave you map updates for at least the life of the major version of the app. Now it appears that you get the latest map when you purchase, but after that you don't.
(Not clear to me how this will work given you can download maps on the fly with the app)

Anyway, I thought this was worth pointing out, especially as the industry seems to be moving from the "purchase the app for $$$ and then purchase optional updates" to a "full subscription model for a couple of bucks a month" (where you get the latest maps automatically)


Posted by: Larry at November 17, 2011 8:45 AM
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