There has been a rush to deliver turn-by-turn navigation applications for the iPhone since OS 3.0 was introduced. Companies small and large have flooded the iTunes apps store with software, then proceeding to deliver rapid-fire updates. The Consumer Reports GPS Team has been challenged to keep up with the most significant offerings and captivated by the rapid progress these programs have been making. A new wrinkle is the first application from Magellan, a long-standing portable navigation maker (PNDs).
Magellan has made significant progress with its latest PNDs. Once a distant third place to Garmin and TomTom devices in our ratings, the newest Magellan units have performed quite well, with appealing graphics, intuitive interfaces, and welcomed features. The company has done an admirable job porting these elements to its iPhone app, giving its version 1.0 the feel of a more matured program.