Phone-based GPS is the best

November 5 2009

CoPilot on the iPhone.

I’ve never been a massive fan of GPS devices – somewhat snobbishly preferring to read paper based maps, for some inexplicable reason. I have to admit, though, that after reviewing CoPilot for the iPhone I’m a complete convert. You have to use a cigarette lighter dock or it kills the battery life, and I’ve had a few random rerouting instructions when it loses the satellite signal, but it is very clever. I wouldn’t normally rave about a single app on here, even though updates have been slow lately because all my spare time is going into house hunting, but today’s update includes the ability to control the iPod player from within the CoPilot interface, so you don’t have to close it down to change tracks or pause playing music. That’s awesome because when you’re approaching a destination you don’t know, you don’t want to switch out of the GPS app to silence the radio, or you get lost.

It’s been a massive help to us while looking for houses in strange places over the last month, and for only £26 is still a third of the price of its competitors. Bargainous.

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