If you had to ask us what our favorite GPS navigation app for Windows Phone was, we would go with Navigon. While the app is not free and certainly not the prettiest, it does have the most features and best traffic-route planning that we have come across on Windows Phone. People should consider if they’re heavy GPS users, while the “here and there” crowd can stick with Nokia’s Drive app.
Today, Navigon USA and Europe have both received updates that make the app even better. Indeed, if there was one issue we had with Navigon, it was just fixed: working below the lockscreen (off by default). This was a frustrating issue as the app would basically cease working at times.
Other new features in version 4.8 for both apps include:
- Traffic information concerning your route can now be read out (TTS)
- Click on POI: Tap and hold on a POI on the map
In addition to the above, we’ve noticed the UI seems a little smoother for motion and that the Search for POI screen has had a slight redesign, with some of the faux tiles being made smaller.
Overall, Navigon is a solid GPS navigation app that has just become better. While it is certainly the most pricey ($49.99 for the US and $99.99 for all of Europe), you get what you pay for in terms of features, including red light camera warnings, energy saver mode, street names read aloud, lane assist and more. Luckily, Navigon often has sales of their app, so while these full prices are a cost prohibitive for many, if you pay attention to our site often enough, you’ll see when they get discounted.