Today we will talk about Copilot, a top navigation software which has been around on the GPS apps market for mobile devices for a while now. The software has evolved a lot in the previous years and can now create serious competition for other apps of its type.
The only problem is the spicy price, but compared to what it has to offer this is just a small shortcoming. Although recently I have only used iGO, these days I decided I wanted to test this software: Copilot Premium for Android.
On the main screen, the map takes up 90% of the screen the route and the interest points becoming thus clearly visible even on smaller screen phones. The points of interest have customized icons, maybe a bit too small to see from a certain distance, but otherwise the route is well-established and the colors are very well chosen.
On the bottom (tool) bar there are two buttons that can be customized for data display, such as: distance, remaining time till you reach your destination, speed or altitude. Still on the left we have the main menu button (a rectangle with 6 small squares in it) which can take us to the main settings, change the routing mode or display the route instructions. Even if your phone is in your holder it is easy to access any menu in Copilot.
Menu and settings
The settings part is divided in 5 zones for this Android GPS software: the menu used for choosing the destination, the configuration menu and planning the route, My Copilot where we can update or add features of this software, a 4th one where we have the app settings and another extra data menu, such as: the local weather; nearby parks; etc.
Choosing a destination is done extremely easy by entering the location data one at a time (from city to residence number). Moreover, we can search for points of interest in Copilot, and also search a location directly on a 2D map or choose a location using geographical coordinates.
Creating a complex route is as easy as choosing one. After selecting it in the Routing menu, we can see the route we have created ,and if we don’t like the chosen path Copilot can offer us 3-4 alternative routes, same as all the other similar gps apps (Navigon or iGO for Android).
The distance is also displayed according to the route and you can also estimate fuel costs. Interesting right?
We can also see a demo of the route if necessary, in the same menu. With Copilot for Android we can also configure the route according to your vehicle, RV, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian mode, which can be chosen instantly only by tapping on button. I have noticed that in pedestrian mode, Copilot creates better routes than any other similar software.
Furthermore, you can create even more complex routes with more stops (waypoints) only by tapping the button add a stop in the trip planning menu. Routing will automatically be improved by Copilot. This is about it about routing, but it is also worth mentioning that there are versions of the software that were especially created for heavy vehicles and professional drivers- we are talking about Copilot Truck.
Maps and Routing
Copilot Premium for Android uses Navteq maps, same as iGO, Navigon or Garmin. It is a good choice because the maps and points of interest are updated more than once a year and there are fewer chances to encounter problems on your trips. We have tried creating several routes and indeed we found they are very well chosen and the speed limit warnings are accurate. The maps can be updated as well as other features in the My Copilot menu, where we can find options like Active traffic which can be activated for free for 12 months in the Premium version.
Active traffic is especially helpful in heavy traffic areas. The app gathers live information about traffic jams, delays or crowded areas and will let you know about the problems that appear, recalculating the route if necessary to avoid those particular areas.
The GPS signal is captured in a couple of seconds, we have tested this aspect on various phones from Samsung to Huawei, and we found that connecting to the internet is done faster than many of the dedicated navigators available on the market.
In the Settings menu we can customize almost anything: the colors of the map, the points of interest which are displayed on the map, set the distance we want to be warned, the language and guide voice are just some of them. Copilot Premium for Android also has the save energy function, a must requirement for smartphones nowadays which use up a lot of power.
In Copilot for Android we can also connect to social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. We can post our current location or destination so that our friends will always know where we are. Facebook can also help us find accommodation nearby our destination.
Copilot Premium for Android is definitely a comprehensive software for those who travel a lot. It is complex but we can customize it to our needs at any level. Therefore the routes are created by our particular requirements.
Navteq maps are a very good choice for most areas, and the Active Traffic service is more than welcomed, and can make a world of difference when you are running late.
Yet, there are some settings that are not needed and the menu is overloaded. Each menu opens up another sub-menu and each setting opens up another page of smaller settings. It can become annoying after a while, and some of them aren’t even necessary. They may have overdone it here, but I believe the developers of the Copilot software wanted to make sure that they included all that was possible to include in a navigation software for mobile devices.
Like in Navigon’s case , the price for Copilot is higher than for other navigation software, but this shortcoming will easily be forgotten once we use it for the first time in our trips.