Satellite Navigation solutions for the iPhone and iPad fall into two categories: those that are expensive and very very good; or those that are not so expensive yet perform well regardless.NavFree is a free SatNav app available for the UK, Ireland, USA and other countries from the App Store. Visit New Star Soccer for iPhone and iPad review.

It operates just as a TomTom or Garmin SatNav would: you enter a postcode, or an address and it provides a quick and effective route to get you where you need to be. Additionally, you can also carry out a Google search for a business name then navigate to that business based on the results fed back to the app. See also Group test: what's the best satnav?

You’ve got a choice of two voices – Kate and Dave – within the UK/Ireland version, and they fulfill the traditional SatNav direction voice well. See also: New iPad review.

A number of upgrades are available to the free app.

SatNav apps need not cost a fortune. NavFree is free to download and performs well immediately

You can remove the banner ad at the top of the window for £1.99. This is very much a personal preference thing: we found that the banner ad did not interfere with the operation of the app and hence was something we could live with.

Additional street maps are available of countries such as France, Germany, Austria and others at £1.99 each. When you buy them they are installed into the app for later use when you choose to enter those countries.

For £1.99 you can download the speed camera database. This can be useful for keeping track of speed limits; but you’ll need to keep the database regularly updated to ensure that any alterations to the speed limits are reflected in what you’re using.

You can substiute the voices used by the app if you wish: just over 15 alternatives are available, the bulk of which are free of charge. If you wish, however, to have Snoop Dog directing your car then this comes at a price of £2.99.

Finally you can update the postcodes within the app with a free update of the latest data.

NavFree for iPad and iPhone: Specs

  • Size: Size: 443 MB
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
  • Size: Size: 443 MB
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.


NavFree is a fully featured satellite navigation app that will allow you to effectively substitute a dedicated satnav with your iPad or iPhone. Obviously iPhone users have the advantage here – an iPad could get in the way of oncoming traffic – but if you have somebody helping you get to your destination they could equally direct you from the app.

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