so many flat-rate navigation packages available, it’s difficult to
recommend one with a relatively high recurring monthly fee. Nonetheless,
AT&T Navigator was the most consistent and best performer among the
GPS apps we tested, with its quality overwhelming the recurring cost.
For choosing addresses from Contacts, the software is the gold
standard, succeeding at correctly identifying addresses where nearly all
the other apps we tested failed. The program was even able to provide
directions to a house on a rural road in Maine owned by friends that
even the Maps app placed in the wrong location.
Like a few other apps we reviewed, Navigator requires a live
cellular connection to plot a route, although the route is cached and
can be used to a destination without a feed. Pulling up maps en route
fails without a cell connection, however.
In 2009 we observed a rare problem in which AT&T Navigator would
give very poor directions that offered illegal or dangerous turns.
Fortunately, that problem didn’t recur in many miles of testing and
along similar routes in late 2010.
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ATT Navigator (Telnav) disappoints
Reviewed by powdermike
The overall presentation of the Navigator on the iPhone
vs. the Blackberry certainly takes advantage of the iPhone’s obvious
display advantages. HOWEVER, this version is sadly lacking in some
important basic functions that are available on the BB. The key
deficiency is the inability to use the contact database on the phone.
you have to input each new address either on the phone or online and
then search Navigator’s favorites folder.Continuing with the contacts
issue: you can’t go to contacts and then ask for directions as you can
on the BB. If you do ask for directions for a contact, you get google
maps which lacks real gps functions such as voice and turn by turn
tracking and directions.Too bad. This should have been a killer app on
the iPhone replacing the need to travel with a standalone gps.
Good directions – tough to follow
Reviewed by cpadave
My use of the navigator has shown that its directions are
quite good, including telling which side of the road your destination is
on, but the view defaults to such a short distance it is tough to see
where you will be turning until you are almost on it.