Geek: Clear, simple mapping, excellent directions, plenty of features, easy to use
Weak: Relatively pricey
Price: Trial 69p, 1 month £5.49, Lifetime subscription £26.99
Wisepilot for iOS is a new sat nav app that uses Navteq mapping and comes with a whole host of features, making it a very attractive proposition for those looking for a good sat nav app. Free to download and then requiring payment after a month’s trial, Wisepilot impressed me from the off. It’s clearly been designed for a mobile display because it doesn’t try to cram too much information into what is a small space, giving you just want you need in a clear, easy to read format.
The mapping is simple and clean but offers as much detail as you would need and the route guidance, what makes or breaks sat nav, is impeccable. It’s smart at picking routes, quick to plan them and I couldn’t fault it’s en route performance. The voice guidance is clear and loud and what I love most is just how much notice Wisepilot gives you when approaching the next step in the route, particularly roundabouts – these can be a real pain with some sat navs not giving you as much time as you’d like to get into the correct lane, but Wisepilot was giving me instructions up to a mile before I’d reached the roundabout.
There’s lane guidance too, telling you which lane to take on motorways, which is very useful, and another fucntions I really enjoyed was being able to plan a route that I vaguely knew, lock my phone, throw it in my car’s door pocket and just use the voice guidance, saving my battery and not requiring a windscreen mount. In fact, it’s so good at telling you where to go, I’d happily undertake a long journey without using the maps and simply using the voice instructions.
It’s smart too, and is great at finding where you’d like to go via the search function while altering settings on the move is a breeze thanks to the large menu icons that appear when you tap the map screen. It’s got real time traffic updates and a speed camera database too. It’s actually very hard to find fault with it – I think it could be a bit more keenly priced and it blotted its copybook during my time with it by crashing mid-route and getting it to get going again was a bit of pain on the move, requiring me to quit the app twice before it sorted itself out.
That aside, I was really taken with Wisepilot, though competition is fierce and a lower price and more transparent pricing policy would really give Wisepilot a boost and make it even more appealing. That being said, as far as sat nav goes – standalone units included – it’s one of the best I’ve tried and I came away really impressed.