Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the Android Market where you must continue the download process. This download may not be available in some countries.
The most typical drawback of Google Maps for navigation is the data usage that occurs during the entire time you are navigating. Unlike Google Maps, CoPilot GPS doesn't have to constantly download and update the map as you move along the road. It operates similarly to a traditional GPS.
Copilot GPS welcomed us with an attractive layout. The app is well designed and intuitive. During the setup, this app requires you to pick a map and download it. At this stage of setup it is highly recommended that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network due to speed and data charges. The map is between 150MB and 1.5GB, depending on which one you choose to download. There is also a North America map available that is around 3GB. Once the map is fully loaded, this app starts to function very much like a standalone GPS. It works seamlessly and is bug-free. The only slight drawback we found was that on a few occasions the map was out of date by at least six months. Some additional features such as voice-guided navigation and 3D map views seem to be available with the paid version of this app.
For users conscious of data use who require the assistance of a GPS occasionally, CoPilot GPS seems to be an appropriate application. On the other hand, those who require absolute accuracy should perhaps look elsewhere.
CoPilot GPS Plan and explore with on-board maps and directions As featured on Engadget & CNET CoPilot GPS is the powerful new free offline route planning and local exploring app from the developers of award-winning CoPilot Live navigation.EXPLORE & NAVIGATE Find the best way to navigate to all the places you need to go without relying on your mobile connection. Detailed street maps of an entire country or region are stored on your Android smartphone or tablet, so youll still be able to calculate routes and get driving or walking directions even when theres no mobile network coverage. Millions of useful Points of Interest are built into the app, making it easy to locate nearby restaurants, hotels and more. You can also search for local businesses and attractions using Bing and Wikipedia.SAVE YOUR DATAWith CoPilot GPS theres no need to burn through your mobile data plan by downloading maps, and you can navigate abroad stress free without worrying about huge data roaming charges.KEY FEATURES: Premium quality 2D street maps stored on-board your Android device for offline use Millions of Points of Interest (POIs) built in with in-app dialing Powerful route planning with a multi-stop trip optimizer Alternate Routes: CoPilot GPS provides up to 3 ways to your destination Drag and drop the route to adjust Driving directions: manually cycle through the turns to your destination Walking mode: explore unfamiliar cities on foot with confidence Social sharing: let your friends know where you are with Twitter & Facebook status updates* Useful local content: discover interesting places and attractions nearby with Wikipedia and Bing Search*IN-APP UPGRADE TO VOICE-GUIDED NAVIGATIONFor a premium navigation experience, upgrade to the full CoPilot Live voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation via in-app purchase, and enjoy: 3D map views, speed limit warnings, and realistic ClearTurn display with lane indicator arrows at complex intersections.NOTES:* Social sharing, Bing and Wikipedia requires a mobile connectionFor more information, visit copilotlive.comStay Connected with CoPilot EMEA: Follow us on Twitter @copilotlive or Like us on facebook.com.copilotliveUSA & Canada: Follow us on Twitter @copilotlive_us or Like us facebook.com/copilotliveusaContent rating: Low Maturity