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    Software Review - Destinator 9 for iPhone


    What is it?

    Destinator 9 is Intrinsync's entry into the rather crowded iPhone GPS space. The app comes with real-time traffic, integrated maps, POIs, Weather, and Google search integrated.

    The Verdict:

    Destinator has made it's way onto the first page of my iPhone. The feature rich GPS app has replaced the multiple GPS apps if for no other reason than the superior graphical interface. Having tested the TomTom, Navigon, and Waze, Destinator seems to have the most updated maps, most features and the ability to route to contacts or google results is a huge plus. The ability to download a trial before purchase will explain why to spend the extra money on this app versus the others. The app is very large(updates are normally 1.6 GB+) and must be downloaded over wifi and tends to be slow to open. Once running it does not drain the battery horribly like the TomTom and if you close it the destination is retained so youc an conserve some battery on long drives.
    Navigator 9 is available now at ITunes StoreScreenshots

    Description

    Destinator 9 uses voice guided turn-by-turn directions with Navteq Maps with a graphical display in either 2D or 3D. Traffic conditions, points-of-interest information, and weather information are included when available. Multi-Stop trips can be imported or destinations can be set by tapping on a location on a map, selecting addresses from contacts, or using the traditional address import methods. To augment the address imports you can select by town, street, intersection, or Latitude/Longitude. The app is available as a free trial download with a splash screen that can be toggled off to try the app initially. Once you purchase the app, you get additional features including speed limit notification and warnings. Upon starting the app, you are able to control your ipod collection from within the program. You can also check the real-time traffic and weather from the bottom menu. During navigation the display will change throughout your trip to show the overhead signs on the highway, as well as lane directions to guide you both visually and vocally. You can view the directions either vertically or horizontally and the display changes automatically with orientation of the iphone. The app start up is very slow as I think it loads all the maps, however once it starts the gps finds your location very quickly. Much better than on the competing apps. The maps have been up to date and the app seems to be getting updated about once every couple weeks. The app is also available for Windows Mobile and Android

    The Positive:
    • Graphical Interface is easy to use
    • 3D view shows upcoming street signs
    • Background shows current weather
    • Google Search integration
    • Real-Time Traffic
    • Maintains Destination
    • Up-to-Date Maps
    • Ipod Controls Integrated
    • Speed Limit Warnings

    The Negative:
    • Slow to open
    • Very Large Download
    • Does not have the standard "Take me Home" option
    • $69.99 Price

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    After my limited use of Destinator, I really am looking forward to my uninstall.

    The look and feel of it are alright, though a little mattel-ish, but the functioning is just missing so many things.

    The one GLARING oversight is a "back" button on each screen. Take this image you posted:

    You click on the "show traffic map" and it moves you right over... great! Except you can't get back! You're stuck there. You have to quit the app and go through it's long startup routine again.

    That was one example, but there are several that stick you in the same dead-end routine.

    When comparing it against an established software package like Navigon, I don't think there's a legitimate debate to be had. With a good software update there is most definitely potential for this to be a competitor to those market leaders, but right now it's not ready.

    Edit: I should add, I think the software is very easy to use once you get the hang of it. City, Road, #. Quick, easy, gets you there.

    Few other bugs:
    -When you have the lady's voice disabled, it still fades the music when it was planning on saying something
    -On the highway with signs up ahead, it removes the map and just shows the upcoming signs on top on a white background. It's obviously meant to be an overlay, like:

    but all that's coming through are the road signs.
    -Playing music from your iTunes library doesn't always go smoothly. I selected one album and another started playing. Really weird when you pick Rolling Stones and Gorillaz starts up.
    -The scrolling info across the bottom NEVER gets to finish its scroll. Sometimes it only gets 1/4 across, sometimes almost all the way, but never a full scroll. Cuts out, then a new one starts and is immediately cut out again.

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