Navigon for Windows Phone 7 provides turn-by-turn voice navigation

Navigon for Windows Phone 7 provides turn-by-turn voice navigation

Summary: A weakness in the current version of Mango is the lack of a solid GPS navigation solution, but we now have Navigon coming to the rescue.

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In early September I posted on the news that Navigon was bringing their app to Windows Phone 7 and then last night I saw that the folks at WPCentral.com spotted Navigon in the U.S. and European Marketplaces. This is pretty good news for Windows Phone owners since the Bing Maps implementation is lacking quite a bit, especially with the need to tap to hear directions for the next turn.

We should eventually see Nokia Windows Phone devices with Nokia Maps, but for now you may want to consider Navigon for Windows Phone. Navigon is available for Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) devices and for the special introductory $29.99 price in the U.S. you get all the states that will consume 1.6GB (lets you use this for offline navigation) and there does not appear to be a way to just pick and choose what states you want to install. Thankfully, I have two 32GB Windows Phone devices so have plenty of room to try out Navigon.

Navigon for Windows Phone 7 includes:

  • Spoken turn-by-turn directions
  • Visual lane guidance
  • Live traffic information and rerouting
  • Speed Assistant
  • Pedestrian navigation options
  • Live Tiles support

You will also find the augmented reality function Reality Scanner, which provides an instant and effortless way of identifying nearby destinations while on foot; an option to select address information directly from the phone’s contact list; and the ability to save a favorite or home address as a shortcut on the start screen.

I have tried Navigon's application on other platforms and find features like the lane assist to be extremely useful when traveling in new cities. The full retail price will be $49.99, but is available until 15 November for just $29.99. There is a European purchase option as well.

Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Telcos, Windows

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  • RE: Navigon for Windows Phone 7 provides turn-by-turn voice navigation

    I have been using Bing Map's direction service (with voice) a couple of times and was pretty impressed. Great work
    krishnansriram
    • RE: Navigon for Windows Phone 7 provides turn-by-turn voice navigation

      @krishnansriram <br>I agree, Most people will probably think that the FREE Built in bing maps works just fine for them. It sure does for me. Of course you need a data connection but that isn't an issue for me.
      mikroland2.0
    • RE: Navigon for Windows Phone 7 provides turn-by-turn voice navigation

      @krishnansriram

      Agreed, the built-in navigation through Bing has been all I have ever wanted. It works so smooth!
      Mister Indie
  • RE: Navigon for Windows Phone 7 provides turn-by-turn voice navigation

    Looking forward to hearing if this works better than the others. If so, I'll gladly pay $30 for it. If you do a detailed review, please include a recommendation on a non-destructive car mount.
    Admin71
  • RE: Navigon for Windows Phone 7 provides turn-by-turn voice navigation

    How does it compare to the Garmin app?
    veseng
  • RE: Navigon for Windows Phone 7 provides turn-by-turn voice navigation

    I've purchased Navigon USA (the U.S. version) and I can't get it to properly use my GPS at all!!! Kept saying "No GPS signal available at present". Using Samsung Focus with the latest Mango update. Very disappointed. :(
    jack@...