Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone App vs Garmin Nuvi 1690

If you’re interested in auto news and have an iPhone we’ve recently brought you posts about a Mercedes mbrace iPhone app and also an iPhone Car Kit from Navigon. Now, if you have an iPhone and need help with directions you’re in for a nice surprise as Garmin has finally unveiled its StreetPilot navigation app for the iPhone. It will set you back $40 so if you’re wondering how it compares with a hardware Garmin GPS navigator, this could help you out.

An article by Charlie White over on Mashable, compares the StreetPilot for iPhone app with the Garmin Nuvi 1690. White notes that the reason the Garmin app for iPhone has been such a long time coming is because Garmin has been focusing on smartphone hardware and asserts that Garmin has done pretty well with adapting its software for an iOS device. One of the big positives with the software version is of course that maps can be regularly updated over a 3G network.

White points out that this could be a problem if you are outside a 3G network area but that he didn’t find it a cause for concern. The app is also said to have many of the features of the Garmin hardware versions, such as points of interest, and spoken street names. In fact White indicates that the iPhone app included more information than on the Nuvi 1690 and was only occasionally slower than the Nuvi 1690 but had the added benefit of giving street names in advance.

If you want to read all of the information that White speaks about then check out the full article at the Mashable link above. The article concludes though that $40 is a reasonable price and that Garmin has done an “admirable job” with the StreetPilot app. You can also see a video of the testing over on the full article.

To get more details of Garmin products and also apps go to the website here which will tell you everything you need to know. What are your first impressions of the Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone app? Why not send us your comments to let us know.