20 August 2014

GPS road navigation - Route 66 Navigate

Previous year I already tested Route 66 Navigate. It left me with a good feelings. Now I decided to test it again and I wasn't disappointed. Even more, my rating for it is very high. Do not hesitate to test it, maybe Route 66 Navigate can become your travel friend. In my eyes Route 66 is one of the top available GPS navigation system today.

+ Uses excellent TomTom maps and consider different road categories when preparing a route. Different roads categories are also visually separated.
+ Fast and smooth using of map viewer.
+ Online or offline maps available.
+ Context menu when you click on map (Drive to, What's nearby, Show weather...).
+ Excellent route planning. I was really surprised with offered routes in many cases.
+ When entering an address, cities are marked with a sign which tells you how important (big) it is.
- POI searching works different on different part of application.
- Very clumsy and non-intuitive switch from 2D to 3D (or vice versa). Hint - use two-finger swipe down or up. Beside this, 3D is just a low angle of view with some buildings.
- Graphical signposts, actions and numbers bellow aren't state of the art. It looks like it was prepared on elementary school tender.
- Small fields for typing and small buttons. It isn't consistent with latest designer's guideline.
- I really don't like navigation which shows too much actions while driving. Some of them shows action for almost every curve. Route 66 Navigate is on the other side and it wouldn't be wrong, if developers integrate a setting for this, because someone might have wish to rise a number of shown actions.
- It would be nice to show second/next action on route while navigating.
- At higher speed is accurate, but it is a little late sometimes when driving in a city.
- A higher number of setting would be welcome. For example, applications don't has a setting for avoid unpaved roads.
- I miss a route editor where user can simply add a waypoints, change start point... This is one of the most cumbersome part of Route 66 Navigate.
- After route simulation is stopped, the route somehow disappears.
- Navigation is so trustworthy (and that's good) that is boring sometimes. It would be nice if application shows some additional information while navigating, uses trip computer... all that just to become even better.

Route 66 Navigate beats the competition in it's main thing - navigating. Application is fast and it is the first application which don't crash or get sticked even for a moment. To be honest, there are some things to improve and if developers/designers will work on more graphically pleasant environment, this will be a "hands down" application.
Rating: 8/10 (check whole ratings table)

2 comments:

Jan D said...

If you do not want the route to disappear after stopping the simulation just tap the “back” button instead and the route will stay.

In both cases the route will be stored in “history”.
It is also easy to edit a route: just hold your finger a while upon it (when stored in history) and you can edit it and add waypoints and change their order.

Another good feature of the app is that by just tapping a road in navigation or simulation mode an arbitrary road can be blocked after which he immediately chooses another route.

Iztok Grilc said...

Super, thank you for this info.
Route 66 is definitely very good app.