NavDroyd – Get to where you're going, and fast
Tested version: 1.4.4
Latest version: 1.4.7
Requires Android: from 1.5
Navigation systems for Android are not recent innovations. So what's so special about NavDroyd, you might ask? I tested it out for you. Read on for my full report.
Bernard wrote today's review for us all—thanks Bernard!
Features & Use
As mentioned, there's no shortage of navigation systems for Android. However, not all of these apps work like we'd like them too, and some of them come with a steep price tag. I decided to search for a cheaper alternative and came across NavDroyd, which claims to have maps for the entire globe under its belt.
In practice, map material is based on OpenStreetMap and comes in 2D and 2,5D mode. The app also has a bike mode (as well as car and on foot), which I always look for in navigation apps (and, happily, has become a standard feature with most apps).
Start up the app and select a map to download via the NavDroyd Map Manager. The number of maps you can download will depend on how much storage capacity your device has.
Addresses can be saved as contacts, which makes things a easier.
I'm particularly impressed with the app's speech controlled guidance tool, which runs very smoothly. During my test spins it never failed to guide me to my destination, even taking smaller country roads into account.
Another big bonus is the speed limit warning. Now, I would imagine that not all users will be as happy about this feature as I happen to be, but you have to admit that it's a useful tool for drivers who wish to avoid getting speeding tickets, as well as help avoid accidents, of course!
NavDroyd is comfortable and easy to use, but it's a rather basic navigation app. It does come with the essential features and functions we've come to expect from navigation apps, but my favourite to date is still Navigon. Navigon has a lot more features, but it's also heaps more expensive, so bear that in mind when making your decision.
Screen & Controls
NavDroyd takes while to load but once it does I think you'll agree that it's set up in a fairly congruous and easy to use. Menus, tabs and symbols help make navigation easy, and the design is seems inspired by Google Maps.
Speed & Stability
NavDroyd takes a while to boot up and load maps. Once this hurdle is overcome, however, the app does perform well. There's the occasional lag here and there, but that seems to be difficult to avoid when it comes to navigation systems. The app didn't crash during my test.
NavDroyd costs EUR 4.99 which is somewhat of a watermark when you consider how much other navigation systems tend to cost. There me be other navigation apps out there that are both better and more in-depth, but NavDroyd trumps them when it comes to the price tag.
However, if you're looking for more value for your money, I recommend other apps, such as Navigon, for example.
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