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Trusted Reviews video review of CoPilot Live 8 (Windows Mobile)

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awardrecommendedTrusted Reviews have given CoPilot Live 8 a through going-over and gave it a 9/10 and the prestigious RECOMMENDED award. Visit the website for a full video review.

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8 Comments

  1. Jalan
    Posted August 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I agree, this is a superb app. And the LIVE services, when they come out, hopefully will make it even better. I have several suggestions:

    First, an error for the first update:

    In QUICK STOP, you’ve got the icons for Restaurants and Hotels reversed. Clicking on Restaurants brings up Hotel listings and clicking on Hotels, brings up Restaurants.

    Please consider adding these features:

    I really wish there was an easy way to cancel a route. If I am routing somewhere and decide I no longer want to be in routing mode, I’d like to click the settings menu on the map screen and have CANCEL ROUTE be an option. Right now you have to click MENU, PLAN or EDIT a TRIP, OPTIONS, CLEAR, YES, GO just to cancel a route. That is way too much to do to cancel a route. Most PND’s have this feature within 2 clicks.

    I’d like to see a menu item that tells me my current location: address, city, state. There is a menu option to SAVE my current location, which is great, but often times when I am traveling I simply want to know where I am without wanting to save the location.

    While it is nice that the app handles multi-stop routes, it appears you do so simply by automating sequential single-point route calculations. While it is nice to know the ETA to the interim-stop, your approach leaves out showing us the ETA of our final destination, which often is more important than the ETA of a interim stop. If I am traveling to a business meeting and I want to make a slight side route to stop at a McDonald’s drive-thru on the way, your app won’t show me the ETA of my final destination: the business meeting. If my daughter’s gymnastics class starts at 6pm and I need to route via the school to pick her up, I have no idea from your app whether I will arrive at 6pm on time. I only know the ETA to the interim stop. I would really encourage you to come up with a better method of handling multi-point routes. I like knowing the time to the next stop, but I think that you should show BOTH ETA’s on the screen: next stop and final destination.

    Your “SEARCH ALONG ROUTE” functionality could be greatly improved by telling us how far off our route the POI is located. In other words, if I am searching for GAS along my route, and there are 2 gas stations within 3 miles, I would much prefer the station that is 2.9 miles ahead and 0.1 miles off the route, versus the gas station that is 0.5 miles ahead but 2.5 miles off the route. Dash Navigation, before it imploded, had this feature and it was significantly beneficial.

    When I am in routing mode and I select and search for another POI, when I hit GO, your software should ask me “Create New Route” or “Insert As Via?” Right now it just creates a new route. If I am driving and decide I am hungry, I should be able to insert a restaurant into my current route quickly without having to get into the PLAN or EDIT a TRIP menu.

    Thank you.

  2. Joop
    Posted August 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    About the “multi-stop routes”. You can have CoPilot display the ETA to the final destination, to do this set the “interim-stops” as waypoints, not as destinations.

    Go to MENU, PLAN or EDIT a TRIP, click the “interim-stop” and set it to waypoint. (If I remember correctly… it’s in there in any case.)

    • Jalan
      Posted August 28, 2009 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much. That is perfect!

    • Jalan
      Posted August 28, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      I spoke too soon. I changed my saved routes to waypoints instead stops but it works very strangely. It doesn’t appear to do what I want it to do. When you save interim stops as waypoints, it appears to have a very large tolerance for when you have approached the waypoint. I build routes internal to my city. I have a route that goes: Work, Home, Kid’s School, Gymnastics. As I left work and drove towards home, there was a message that said that I was “near my waypoint” or something like that. It then took my Home and Kid’s School out of the route and started routing me right to Gymnastics. I hadn’t even gotten to Home or Kid’s School yet. This happened on several other test routes. If the points are STOPS and not waypoints, it works great. Expect it shows me the arrival time at each interim stop which I don’t care about. I have no idea what this waypoint functionality is supposed to do after this experience this afternoon.

  3. david
    Posted August 28, 2009 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    this was frist installed on windows mobile and which is best mobile phone to use. I do not know why you are going forth for an Iphone has Iphone are just to me junk phone with features the windows mobile already have for more than 2yrs. Also Iphone are for sure junk phone has look at the news iphone Exploding LOL… be careful using your Iphone if you run out of luck in the road before it explodes. :)

  4. Soulchecker
    Posted August 30, 2009 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Good, but not the best navi app.
    - Nice to navigate within the app via fingertouch but the input of special characters is not really the best.
    - POIs (e.g. cashpoints) are patchy.
    - Some routes are not really navigable, sometimes you will need an aircraft to conquer the provided last meters (so far without this app I could use my car because streets to the goal were available – seems that this streets were lost since that time)

  5. Randall
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Great for navigation if you know where you are going (such as a contact, address, or a saved favorite)! Nice new routing controls compared to CoPilot 6 or 7, and easy to terminate or hide the program on my AT&T Fuze (HTC Raphael) running WM 6.5.

    Current POI database is VERY patchy!!! In the US, NO NATIONAL STORE LOCATIONS such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, McDonalds, Burger King, Kentucy Fried Chicken, Staples, Home Depot, etc. As a stand-alone navigator without data access, the lack of a national POI database makes it less useable than a really cheap stand-alone GPS.

    The newly released Live Search kind of compensates for the bad POI database, but it means you have to have a data connection to find and route to any of these national destinations. If that is a requirement (data connection), there are several alternative means to find a destination, Google Maps, Telenav GPS, GPS Today, Bing, etc. One very strong point of CoPilot 5-7 was that it was very useful without a data connection.

    Hopefully an updated POI database will soon be available!

    • Christian Oliff // European Webmaster
      Posted September 24, 2009 at 7:36 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the feedback, I’ve passed on your comments to the product management team.

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