NAVV UK & Ireland for iOS review

Ever since Apple put a GPS receiver inside the iPhone 3GS, it’s been possible to throw away your old TomTom and plump for a phone-based sat nav instead. The problem is, most of the available apps have been pricey – TomTom’s £49.99 UK & Ireland app included.

Rolling this way though is NAVV UK & Ireland, a low-cost alternative that’s previously been available on the app store as NDrive. For £6.99 you get comprehensive UK and Ireland maps, provided by teleAtlas, along with essentials like turn-by-turn directions, voice prompts and more.

Using NAVV UK & Ireland is fairly straightforward, with big on-screen buttons for the main features, which include full UK postcode search. You can also save your more frequent destinations as favourites.

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However, the app doesn’t feel as polished or full-featured as pricier rivals and there are some frustrating UI quirks: it can take ages to figure out how to do the simplest things sometimes – setting a destination as ‘work’ for example – with little on-screen assistance to help you along the way.

OUR VERDICT

On the road, NAVV UK & Ireland is a mixed bag. The route maps are mostly fine, but the voice instructions aren’t great, often giving you confusing instructions or clamming up altogether. NAVV UK & Ireland shows promise, but it isn’t replacing our TomTom just yet.

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