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Editors' reviewWith so many navigation apps available, many for free, it may be difficult to imagine paying for one. But ALK Technologies makes a reasonable case for its CoPilot Live Premium app. Its most compelling feature are the full set of maps it includes, making it possible to navigate without a data connection.
Most people using a smartphone for navigation will be doing 95 percent of their driving in an area with data coverage. But the most critical times for a good navigation app come out on back roads, far away from cell towers. Likewise, high data roaming charges in foreign countries can make online navigation impractical.
Those full map sets do, however, make CoPilot Live Premium a hefty app, weighing in at 1.8 gigabytes for either the European version or the USA and Canada version. Not only will the app require plenty of free space on a smartphone, it also means a lengthy install time, up to 15 minutes on an iPhone. But along with maps, CoPilot Live Premium includes a large points of interest database.
CNET tested CoPilot Live Premium Europe during trips to Ireland and Switzerland. The app provided very useful driving directions, and also includes a walking mode, which came in handy during strolls around urban centers.
The most difficult thing about the app, and our main criticism, is the unintuitive nature of the interface. On initial use, we often found ourselves unsuccessfully looking for a menu item or option setting we had stumbled across previously.
On first launching the app, it offers the options to add a destination or view the map. CoPilot Live Premium includes both 2D and 3D maps. For destination entry, you can use an address, search the points of interest database, browse the map, or select an entry from the phone's contact database. One of the more interesting features is the ability to choose a destination based on a geo-tagged photo from the phone. However, there is no option for entering a destination based on an intersection.
You can enter multiple destinations for a route, and adjust the order of the waypoints. Or CoPilot Live Premium can organize them for the most efficient routing. Once the app has calculated a route, you can adjust it by dragging the route on the map screen, but this procedure does not work well given the size of smartphone screens.
The app really likes to hang onto the routes it calculates, which can be very annoying. To have the app stop route guidance, you have to drill down a few menus, choosing the edit route option, and delete the destination. Every navigation app should have an easily accessible button that cancels or pauses route guidance. To make matters worse, by default CoPilot Live Premium enables background navigation, continuing voice prompts even if you shut off the app, which will burn through a smartphone's battery pretty quickly.
You can, however, turn off background navigation. There are quite a few more settings to further customize CoPilot Live Premium, such as telling it how many prompts to provide before a turn. Three is the default.
We found the route guidance very able. It shows helpful graphics on the screen in tandem with its voice prompts. When possible, it reads out the names of streets for upcoming turns. Driving through the many roundabouts in Ireland, CoPilot Live Premium did a good job of indicating which exit we should take.
Also helpful is a speed limit indicator. By default, the app is set to provide an audible warning when you exceed the speed limit. It can show the current road's speed limit, although that option is turned off by default.
CoPilot Live Premium offers many other features, some that rely on a data connection. It has a traffic module, and its points of interest database is supplemented with Bing and Wikipedia local search.
Navigate in Europe without data roaming! CoPilot Premium is the multi-award winning app designed for drivers that turns your iPhone into a high performance voice-guided GPS navigation system. With quality offline maps and clear turn by turn directions in your own language you can navigate safely and easily without data roaming. "The best paid-for nav app for iOS" Stuff "The best blend of features, performance and cost" Engadget REASONS WHY YOU NEED A COPILOT Offline navigation: maps of over 40 European countries are stored in your iPhone so no mobile or Internet connection needed. #1 paid GPS navigation app in over 25 countries Navigate to a full UK post code, house number, or address book contact High quality NAVTEQ maps as used by the best in-dash systems Turn-by-turn voice guidance with text-to-speech technology Lifetime use: pay once, get CoPilot navigation for life Includes 12 months free ActiveTraffic* YOUR DRIVER-FRIENDLY COPILOT Complex junctions made easy with lane arrows, signpost info and 3D ClearTurn view Alternate routes: a choice of 3 ways to go Tap and drag to edit the route Powerful multi-stop trip planning and optimisation My Places: easy access to home, work and favorite places Tap on the map to navigate there SAFETY-FIRST COPILOT Speed camera alerts with FREE updates (not available in France or Switzerland) Speed limit indicator and warnings Unique directions-only driver safety view Automatic day-night modes RV routes for caravans and larger vehicles 12 MONTHS ACTIVETRAFFIC INCLUDED* Find the fastest route based on live traffic flow Automatically finds a new route if theres a delay Colour-coded live traffic map and status bar NEW: Traffic incident details on your routeOPTIMISED FOR iOS iPhone 5-ready Navigate to a destination from Apple Maps In-app music controls Copy & paste addresses iOS multitasking for background navigation^ YOUR LOCAL COPILOT Offline points of interest: car parks, petrol stations, car hire and more Online search with Google, Yelp and Wikipedia* 5 day local weather forecast* Parking wizard: never lose your car again! MAPS INCLUDED: Western and Eastern Europe(including UK): AL, AD, AT, BY, BE, BA, BG, HR, CH, CZ, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, DE, GI, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LV, LI, LT, LU, MK, MD, MC, ME, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RU, SM, RS, SK, SI, SE, TR, UA, VAPLUS ALL THE FEATURES YOU'D EXPECT FROM A SATNAV 3D and 2D maps fastest/shortest routes - ETA and distance - instant detour - personal routing options - avoid ferries and tolls congestion charge alerts - Twitter and Facebook status updates and more! Full details at www.copilotgps.comTwitter: @copilotlive Facebook: facebook.com/copilotlive Google+: search +copilotNOTES: * Requires a mobile internet connection ^ Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life Compatibility: > iPhone 3GS and later > 3G/4G iPads > Requires iOS 6> iPod Touch (requires a 3rd party GPS accessory)
What's new in this version:
NEW CommuteMe feature learns your preferred daily commute and provides real-time traffic* and ETA info along that personal route you love. You know the one that gets you to work and home for dinner on time! NEW ability to add a POI as your next stop without altering your final destination NEW Drag & Drop trip editing to easily move stops up or down within your trip IMPROVED POI search on your route to find the closest POIs and save time by avoiding driving too far out of your way YOU ASKED FOR I... See all new features »