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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 Trent Arterbury on 19/11/2014

    Used to use this even with the quieter voice but now keep getting no SD Memory card when trying to install on my new phone and other apps see it. I hope they will fix this for the new Droid phones as it is nice to have a not connected map that doesn't disappear when I still have GPS UPDATE: After replacing my SD card the app is able to install. Upped the rating. The audio is still bad and doesn

  • (53)

    by Manuel Mats on 18/11/2014

    never buy these apps f*** they never updated I live in North Carolina there is a lot of new road I've been here for like 6 months and still they have an updated .get a TomTom GPS for a free one a free one works a lot better than this

  • (53)

    by Steve Lopes on 13/10/2014

    I used to use the ios version of Navigon and then switched to an Android phone. Navigon used to be my goto GPS now on Android it's Like night and day. Clunky, buggy and no longer worth the price. Voice is terrible does not even know RI is a state and calls it "rye" !? Seriously? This is 2014 right? In app options are expensive and now it seems you need to pay for map updates again like the days of

  • (53)

    by Andy P on 12/10/2014

    Using via Samsung Note II, most unstable app. What a waste of money and I cant get a refund. I wouldnt recommend this app to any one.

  • (53)

    by Deborah Eckdahl on 05/10/2014

    This is App is very expensive. After you download the app you have to download the maps of the different states you need for the app to work. It will not, I repeat it absolutely will not download the maps. The app keeps crashing. Don't waste your money

  • (53)

    by Luis Fuentes on 03/10/2014

    In a 180-mile drive, it crashed at least 6 times. Right before it does, the miles to the next turn and destination freeze. The orange road guide keeps working though. A few minutes after, it crashes. While it works, there is no issue with directions. It works as it should. Restarting it after crashing helps but it gets annoying after a while.

  • (53)

    by simeon Mbenkum on 21/09/2014

    Am using this app for my note 3 and there is no voice even thought the volume of phone is max , the gps is just silent. Pls fix fix. Am regretting why I bought this app.