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Expert's Review

"For those who miss TomTom"

Reviewed by / Aug 25, 2014

Fully offline turn-by-turn navigational system, designed to be used in the car

Navigon is a turn-by-turn navigational system, similar to Google Maps. It's unique in that it's a "real" GPS app - instead of accessing the maps over 3G like Google Maps, you anticipate where you're going in advance and download the detailed map of that area. That way, even if you drop off the grid, the app keeps directing you like nothing's happened.

The interface is solid, and the voice prompts are loud enough to be heard over mild car noise.

However, I'd only recommend purchasing this rather expensive app if you plan on spending quite a lot of time driving somewhere with no signal. Getting access to live traffic updates isn't free (it's included in Google Maps, plus other comparable navigational systems), and you'll also have to pay to re-download maps when they're updated. Honestly, it's a decent enough navigational system, but the price of Navigon feels really out of line with where free technology is these days.

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Developer's original description available here
NAVIGON GPS navigation for the USA

+++ Latest version 5.2.6 now available +++

Important notes:
- The software requires additional data (maps, voices etc.) via WLAN after installation!

With NAVIGON you can transform your Android smartphone into a fully functional mobile navigation system with on-board maps, which entails no data transfer or roaming charges for map display, route calculation, etc. Thanks to a faithful adaptation of the menu functions, the app fits in seamlessly with the Android operating concept.

*** Features and range of functions ***
+ Google Street View - destination preview (where available)
+ Lane assistant / Active Lane assistant (requires android 2.2 or higher)
+ Bluetooth support (requires android 2.2 or higher)
+ NAVIGON Latest Map Guarantee (new customers receive the most up-to-date map when purchasing the app)
+ Local Search
+ Foursquare log-in at destination
+ Glympse: Send your position information to selected users
+ Safety Cameras (permanently installed cameras)
+ Reality View Pro
+ Speed Assistant
+ NAVIGON Reality Scanner
+ NAVIGON MyRoutes
+ Text-to-Speech and precise spoken announcements
+ Different English accents
+ Extended Pedestrian Navigation
+ Destination entry with coordinates
+ 2D and 3D map displays
+ Last Mile - can save automatically your car's position and switches to pedestrian- resp.public transport mode* for walking of the last mile.
+ NAVTEQ map material for the USA

NEW: Enhance your system with in-app packages
+ Urban Guidance – navigate in many North American urban areas using public transport**
+ Panorama View 3D
+ NAVIGON FreshMaps XL***
+ NAVIGON cockpit
+ TrafficLive
+ Smartwatch Connect - Enables pedestrian navigation on the SONY SmartWatch 2. Requires additional installation of the free extension NAVIGON Smartwatch Connect, available here in Google Play

*Public transport mode is available only when in-app “Urban guidance” has been purchased

**The service is currently available in more than 32 North American metropolitan areas. Urban Guidance is a Live service and therefore requires a data connection.

***NAVIGON FreshMaps XL:
The in app purchase option FreshMaps provides quarterly map updates for at least two years. The service uses trusted, field-verified, and quality-controlled map and points of interest updates from NAVTEQ® to make sure the NAVIGON app provides the most accurate and reliable directions possible. This saves you time and headaches on the road.

- Positioning your smartphone correctly in the vehicle is very important to ensure optimal GPS reception and for your own safety! Ensure that this is always positioned outside of the range of the airbags!
- NAVIGON is an on-board solution. This means that all map material, voice announcements and system files are saved on the telephone. Therefore no charges or waiting time for data transfer are incurred.
- The USA version requires approx. 1.2GB of free memory. Please ensure you have sufficient available mass-storage space (SD card). The map material must be downloaded after installing the app via wireless Internet on the smartphone. Please ensure a reliable and safe connection is available.
- WQXGA and WQHD (2560x1600/1440 dpi) are not supported
- On first startup a short data connection (ca. 25kB) is required to register your product

Whether in the car, by bike or on foot, NAVIGON hopes you have fun navigating.

kw: navigation navigator directions maps gps sat nav garmin navigon usa

Recently changed in this version

Version 5.2.6 :
- Support for devices with WQHD screen (2560x1440px)

Comments and ratings for NAVIGON USA
  • (53)

    by Gobind Bisht on 18/08/2014

    The app has given me bad directions for many times and give confusing directions, sometimes voice commands conflict with what is shown on the Garmin HUD screen. Google navigation is waaay better.. with the limitation of offline navigation and hence this app.

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    by Janet Bertoloni on 07/08/2014

    I've been using Navigon USA on Android and iPhone/iPad for years. It "had been" great until recently. The previous version (number unknown) right before the current (Version 5.2.6) has been giving me navigation mistakes! It will speak the correct City but state the INCORRECT direction. I've been driving from Montana to Elko, Nevada for a few years now and all of a sudden when I'm expecting to take

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    by Emily W. on 31/07/2014


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    by Jeremy Hassenzahl on 25/07/2014

    This app is no good at at all, for the 39.99 spent I could have spent it on gas then this crap app, use sygic or copilot instead lot better navigation apps

  • (53)

    by Mike Cao on 20/07/2014

    Don't waste your money, download something for free and it works better.

  • (53)

    by Patrick Davis on 18/07/2014

    Based on the latest release note for the USA version (see below). I purchased the in app Smartwatch package so I could it use it with my Samsung Gear 2 only to find out it' not supported. I contacted Navigon Support. Here is their response: "Thank you for contacting Garmin International. The Samsung Gear 2 is only supported through the "Navigon select" application, available in Europe. All oth

  • (53)

    by David Witcher on 17/07/2014

    I had this app on my iPhones for 3 plus years and loved it. I now have it on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and feel the same way about it. I have people tell me I won't find their address on navigation and with Navigon I'm taken right to their door. Navigon is a MUST have for a person who frequently travels!