CoPilot Live Premium makes for a solid GPS iPhone app

by Dan Kricke

Since this review was published, the developers of the app have contacted Appolicious to let us know that the bug outlined below has been fixed, and CoPilot Live Premium does come with 12 months free ActiveTraffic.

CoPilot Live Premium GPS - USA has a ton of worthwhile features. It has great looking 2-D and 3-D maps, a loud, clear voice navigation system that tells you when to turn at the correct time, and even points of interest placed directly on the map so you don’t miss anything you’re interested in seeing. But the thing that stands out, especially given the app’s serious price, is the feature it doesn’t have.

CoPilot Live claims to offer 12 free months of its traffic-navigation system. For anyone that uses a GPS for highway travel, that is a huge deal. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a highway in bumper-to-bumper traffic and not knowing the nearby roads well enough to find a reasonable back-up route. Live traffic would solve the problem by advising ahead of time to not take the congested highway in the first place.Despite the claim for free traffic navigation, attempting to activate the traffic within the app results in an “Are you sure?” style prompt noting there will be an additional charge of $9.99. 10 dollars is not exactly free.

Traffic problems aside, CoPilot Live Premium makes for an excellent mobile GPS at a fraction of the cost of a Garmin or similar unit. I own a Garmin Nuvi but wouldn’t hesitate to use CoPilot in its place. The navigation display looks great and is easier to follow than any GPS I’ve used previously. The ability to quickly change your route by tapping and dragging across the screen gives CoPilot an edge in adaptability as well.

If you’re in the market for a GPS on your iPhone, there’s a tremendous amount to like about CoPilot. Perhaps the glitch making users pay to use the traffic service will be cleared up shortly, but even despite that, this is a strong navigation system worthy of any trip.

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