Killing the GPS in a single app update is the iPhone RoadMate app. RoadMate 2.0 is the version, and it brings several improvements that will keep you from reaching in your glove box. With a slick new user interface, Yelp API and the option to perform local searches in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico via Google.
Navigation activities can run in the background thus letting you still answer the phone while the app is active. Just remember to use hands-free when talking while driving (depending on the laws in your jurisdiction).
• Integrated within the RoadMate app opens a whole new world of restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and more for you – connect with old favorites or explore new ones.
• Easily search for venues and destinations, browse user ratings, and decide where to go and route to it, all from within the app.
Google Local Search
• Find out where you’d like to go using real-time Google Local search. Then route to your searched location with a tap of the GO button.
New User Interface
• Designed for when you’re on-the-road – a collapsible dashboard creates a generous screen size making it easy for you to view while routing.
• Plus, personalize your dashboard icons and view your arrival time, distance, and speed all at once.
Magellan is banking on selling the $60 app to iPhone who will in turn save from buying a standard navi gadget. RoadMate is also compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It requires iOS 4.2.8 or later. A Premium Car Kit version is available for $99 as an in-app upgrade, or from Magellan’s website giving you a Bluetooth Hands-free speaker and dock.
Existing users can update Magellan RoadMate to its 2.0 version for free while new users can buy the app from the AppStore for $59.99.