Garmin released its new gps application viago on Tuesday, and I guaranteed to show it a shot and review it for you.

Garmin offered me the total kit, so I can mount embedded maps, superior 3D graphics, and speed and camera catches. It likewise consisted of metropolitan assistance, which allows you browse walking or by mass transit.

Mounting everything takes some iPhone room, a bit over 2 GB on my iPhone 5s. It was a s l o w download, likely because there were a bunch of individuals mounting viago at the very same time. I downloaded the North America map set, which includes all HALF states, and some smaller areas like the Cayman Islands.

Compared with various other Garmin and Navigon items that have the same heritage, viago is simpler to utilize with a spick-and-span interface. There are less nested food selections, so getting up and running is fast and simple. You choose a course by touching on ‘Where to?’. You can go into an address, the name of a city, an intersection, a POI, do a regional search, or perhaps go into latitude and longitude. It’s additionally feasible to utilize an address from your contacts, or take a look at previous destinations or faves you designate. From there you select your mode of transportation (public, auto or walking) and you are on your method. Before you actually start navigating, viago will offer a telephone number for your destination if readily available, and also a weather report for that area.

The gps display is quite perfectly laid out, and settings allow you to determine exactly what info is displayed, also your altitude, ETA, the number of hours or mins till your landing, and more. Picking a theme for the application varies the shades of the base map and the food selections.

My plan likewise showed me my speed and the posted rate limit. Viago can be established to sound an alarm system if you go over the speed restriction. While you are in the gps look at, touch a button to obtain a course review and a listing of all the turns you will certainly make.

The gps voice is very clear, and this application does something Apple Maps does not do– when coupled with my vehicle by means of Bluetooth, viago disrupts the radio or songs playback to announce turns. It’s actually nice, and more very closely mimics what an embedded system would do.

Although not needed for navigation, I suched as the Scenic view 3D watch, which reveals altitude hints and hills with shadows. The buidlings choice displays significant landmarks in a 3D see, which can be practical when navigating an urban landscape.

The application was fast, and transform details was given in a prompt style so it showed me adequate time to obtain into the proper lane. My version was additionally outfitted with street help, giving a diagram of what street I had to be in to work out a turn.

The POI (points of passion) listing was fairly full, permitting me to find locations by classification like seafood dining establishments, drug stores, ATMs, lodging, and so on.

To examine how reliant viago is on an information connection, I put my phone in aircraft mode and released the application. The POI data source operated, and it had the ability to compute a route. That declares. Some features, like weather report, will not turn up without the data connection.

If you load up viago with every little thing you can get, it amounts to regarding $ 75. That seems very pricy, however it is below including comparable functions to the present Garmin and Navigon applications. For example Garmin U.S.A starts at $ 50.00, then you include web traffic for $ 20, Panorama see for $ 10.00, Urban Guiadance for $ 5.00 and Traffic Cameras for $ 6.00. That totals $ 91.00, and it still does not have some of the functions viago deals. Navigon USA is likewise priced, as are other apps that feature full on-board maps. You don’t need to purchase everything, so you can lower the cost more by going down non-essentials like Panorama 3D.

Certainly Apple Maps, Google Maps and Google owned Waze are free. Both Google and Apple allow some caching of maps for offline use, but having all the map information on-board is much better when you are enjoying your data charges or driving in an area without mobile insurance coverage. Apple has seamless combination with Siri, which is actually valuable, plus the Flyover mode which gives 3D photographic watches in bigger cities.

Here’s my sight of the excellent and the bad of viago:


  • Basic version is cost-effective– merely $ 0.99 on sale– but limited in functionality
  • Clean displays
  • Quickly efficiency
  • Great POI information
  • Could tailor application to match your requirements


  • Expensive with options, a few of which you will certainly desire
  • No voice interface, unlike Apple, Google and Telenav Precursor
  • No social ETA system, like Glympse, which Navigon and Garmin offer in their various other items. Waze offers this for free
  • No rankings for stores and restaurants. Apple supplies Yelp, as do some of the other navigation service providers. Navigon supplies Zagat rankings in several of their other gps apps as an added purchase

What’s in the $ 0.99 version (that price doubles July THIRTEEN)

  • Maps that call for an information connection
  • Cuurent speed and rate restriction display
  • Street Assistance
  • photo genuine junction views
  • Course preparation
  • Web traffic in-map info
  • Weather condition at location
  • 2D and 3D navigation


I such as viago. It’s effectively considered, eye-catching, reliable on screen, and you will not need a handbook. I such as the combination of website traffic, speed cautions, 3D structures and the panorama sight, but those attributes all expense additional money. The free version of viago has to download maps over the air much like Google and Apple, but some individuals may favor the GUI. I do assume viago has the possible to be much far better than the present Garmin/Navigon offerings, but it doesn’t have complete attribute yet. viago has some points the other providings don’t, however is brokening great touches like voice interaction and Glympse, although Garmin suggests that they are looking very closely at these features.

viago is not an universal app, so bad information for iPad customers. It requires iOS 7 or greater.

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