By Siva Om on Fri, 10/26/2012
CoPilot’s raises the bar for iOS turn-by-turn directional apps as ALK Technologies brings a stellar line up of GPS navigation software to iOS.
The CoPilot suite of GPS navigational driving apps has a whole lot to offer anyone looking for an excellent and feature-rich GPS navigation alternative for your iDevice.
CoPilot is unique and convenient in a number of useful ways:
*With the CoPilot app, your maps of choice (and there are many maps to choose from) are stored locally on your iDevice, so you don't need a cellular signal to continue using the app. This is a great asset, since as most of who have done any driving across this great country of ours already know, once you are on the road or in the boonies, cell signals can become sketchy or in some instances, even entirely non-existent!
*The CoPilot Live apps provide clear turn-by-turn, vocal directions allowing the navigator to stay focused on the road ahead.
*Another wonderful attribute of the CoPilot app is how simple it makes navigating, in some very intuitive and practical ways. CoPilot features their innovative ClearTurn feature which shows you exactly what you are looking for at a street level view, including on-screen visuals which display such things as 3D or 2D maps, lane change indicator arrows and what the highway exits actually look like. With CoPilot you also have the ability to navigate directly to a street number, an Address Book contact, or even a Geo-tagged photo!
A few of my other favorite features of the CoPilot app include it’s automatic day or night mode switching, the speed limit warnings, its integration with Wikipedia, the Weather Channel, Facebook, Twitter and Google, and the over 7 million points of interest included in your map’s download.
CoPilot even lets you manage your music while within the app. Additionally, with it's find-my-car feature, CoPilot will help you find your vehicle if you are lost or disoriented, whether in an airport parking lot or heading back to your car from a hike in the tall forest trees. Speaking of hiking, the only noticeable drawback I discovered to this excellent app is when it comes to walking. It's not an app geared towards off-roading so when I tested it out in the national parks and forests, I discovered that while CoPilot will give you the most direct line from point A to point B while on foot, the "straight shot" isn't always the best path to take when navigating around creeks or along mountain cliffs. There are of course, other apps for that, which can fill that space for adventurers looking for trail, satellite or topographic maps, but if you stick to main roads, city streets or relatively populated areas you will find that the CoPilot app lacks for nothing.
CoPilot offers as a bonus, a year’s subscription to ALK Technologies’ free real-time ActiveTraffic service, and their maps are also updated for free and on a regular basis -between once every one to four months.
There is even extra value in CoPilot if you act now, since for a very limited time, the CoPilot line of apps are currently on sale in celebration of Apple's release of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.
CoPilot is available in iPhone (optimized for the iPhone 5) or HD iPad versions. The version I test drove was the Premium HD with USA and Canadian maps and that one cost $12.99, however prices for CoPilot range from free for their most basic version, to $5.99 for the standard iPhone version with US maps, $9.99 for the premium iPhone version with US maps and they even offer maps for a great many International destinations ($35.99 for the Premium maps of the UK and Ireland) as well as versions customized specifically for truckers (who arguably need the best, most up to date traffic and road condition reports available) on their routes for $149.99.