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Amigo is Nav N Go's latest output into the world of navigation
software. It differs remarkably from iGO MyWay in both looks and
features as well as its use as an OEM product. Previous versions of Nav N
Go's software (iGO 2006 & iGO 8) were incredibly versatile and
often tricky to master the entire set of options available, and that's
even before bringing skins into play! They also appeared on a plethora
of devices (both legally and illegally) and just from the sheer number
of devices running their software it was practically impossible for
consumers to be able to keep track of who was and who wasn't officially
licensed! This is where Nav N Go plan to change things with Amigo.
iGO Amigo is only being licensed to a small number of companies in
each region / country so any pirated versions should be easy to spot.
They are also keen on online registration using a unique reference
physically printed onto each device (a la Windows OEM Stickers). This
process has, however, been well thought out – if you do not register the
device you can still use it for navigation. It is the 'extra' features
that are disabled without registration; the photo viewer, map updates,
new colour schemes, games etc. On the settings screen there is also a
'Is it Legal?' button that shows you how you can check (look for a
sticker and enter it online!).
It is worth noting that there are currently no official UK devices
running iGO Amigo so the review is based on an Hungarian Navon N470
that has been Anglicised especially for me! As such, I will not review
the hardware and mount etc but merely how well iGO Amigo, as a
navigation software, performs.
So, Hungarian-English sat-navs and piracy issues out of the way, how
does iGO Amigo fair next to the competition? 'Alright' is the answer,
but that would make a poor review, so let me expand...
Main Menu & User Interface
up, Amigo is a whole new piece of software and not a cut-down and
re-skinned iGO 8. The whole user-interface (UI) has been reworked and is
actually very friendly as well as pleasing to the eye. The menus are
nice and clear with a predominantly 'white and bright colours' look to
them. After the initial set up (language, country, voice etc) you are
presented with a screen with 4 options/areas. The predominant 'button'
shows a scaled down version of the map view (which does actually update
while you are driving) which takes you to the map screen. The other
options are: 'Destination', 'My Route' (greyed out until you have a
route set) and 'More...'. Menu transitions involve flips, slides fades
and pop ups which, while I agree they are eye-candy, it does
actually make it easier to follow what you pressed. Pressing
'Destination' makes the screen move down as though your view is moving
'up' to the Destination screen; likewise 'My Route' shifts the view to
the right and 'More...' sifts it down. Pressing the map button makes the
map expand to fill the whole screen. It's difficult to describe, but it
looks good! Another addition to the UI is the slide/push gesture to
quickly scroll through long lists (such as city names or countries). Any
iPhone users should note that it IS only slide/push and not 'flick' –
you have to keep your finger on the screen to scroll down the list!
Choosing a Destination
a destination is pretty standard – you can choose from an address, a
'place' (POI), browse the map, choose from one of your saved favourites
or view a history of selected destinations.
Find Address: The main input fields are Country, Town/Postcode and
Street Name and pressing on any of these brings up an ABC keyboard.
Unfortunately there's no option of a QWERTY keyboard but typing in a few
letters is usually enough to find what you want by using 'List'. This
version only has 5 digit postcodes but when it does make it onto a UK
device the full 7-digit postcode option will be made available for
manufacturers to use if they want it. At this point you can either
navigate directly to the city centre ('Select City') or choose a street.
After locating your street you have the choice of choosing a house
number or an intersecting street. When choosing a house number you are
shown the available numbers for example '<Enter House Number
(2-36)>'. For the intersecting street you can either type the street
or view a list of roads that join the selected road.
Find Places first brings up a screen with non-customisable presets of
Petrol Stations, Restaurant, Parking and Accommodation with an option
of 'Other Places' to pull up the full list of categories. Considering
the rest of the input screens are very text based it seems strange that
the 'find places' screen starts off with a graphical representation of a
road and a city. On it you have the options of In a City, Around
Destination, Along Route and Around Here. The destination and route
related ones are greyed out when no route is set. Selecting any of these
takes you to the search screen with options to Find by Name or Find by
Category. These are self-explanatory and once you select a POI you are
given more information such as address and phone number. You can't call
directly from the software on this device but I would assume that a
device with Bluetooth handsfree capabilities would allow this – however,
this is only an assumption and you should check with the specific
manufacturer before purchase!
The POIs, sorry, 'places' are standard TeleAtlas ones for the UK and
as such aren't very good. My nearest doctor is 100 miles away in
Coventry closely followed by a few in Dublin, over 178 miles away!
Although on the flip-side petrol stations seem to be well covered and
fairly up to date. However, as the actual POIs are from a 3rd party, the
main part is that searching them is easy with options to view all POIs,
entire categories (e.g. all Medical), or entire subcategories (e.g. all
Doctor). You will also be able to get more POIs via the naviextras.com
option to 'Find on Map' can be quite frustrating as one simple feature
is missing: 'current location'. The only way you can centre the map back
to where you are is to zoom out until you see your vehicle cursor then
move the map and zoom in on yourself. Once you have clicked your chosen
destination you simply press 'Select' to start routing. You also have
'More Options' which allows you to find a city, find 'places' (POIs)
around the current cursor position or add the current cursor position as
Once your destination has been chosen the route is then calculated
according to your options. In the settings you can choose routing
options for the vehicle type (car, pedestrian, bicycle, emergency, bus
or taxi), planning method (fast, short, economical or easy) and road
types (motorways, 'period charge', per-use toll, ferries and unpaved
roads). The route is calculated quickly and you are shown a break down
screen before starting navigation. The screen shows the destination on a
map (with zoom options), More Options, Route Settings, the current
selected route info (fast/short etc, total distance, total time and
roads used (eg motorway, toll etc)). Pressing 'More Options' allows you
to choose alternative routes (with all the times and distances displayed
on the same
screen for easy comparison), search for places around the destination
or set the destination as a favourite. 'Route Settings' is simply a
short cut to edit the route settings mentioned above. The route
breakdown, while it shows you that you will be travelling on motorways
and toll roads etc isn't that useful. I would have expected that if you
press that part of the screen that it would give a breakdown of, for
example, 160 miles on motorway, 30 miles on toll roads etc; but it
doesn't. It's not the end of the world though; but it would be a nice
The navigation screen is well laid out showing enough information
without covering up too much of the actual map. The screen shot below
shows a breakdown of the layout (along with inset images for the parts
that differ when not navigating).
The bottom left part of the screen is slightly customisable. When
navigating you can either show all of distance remaining, time left and
arrival time or you can press one and the others are hidden thus freeing
up a bit of map space. When you are not navigating the options are
current speed, speed limit and time. Note that when navigating there is
no option to show the current speed on the screen. If you go over the
speed limit the speed limit sign (in red circle) is displayed on the
screen along with a spoken warning of 'you are over the speed limit'.
Pressing the hand on the right takes you to a 'browse map' function that
allows you to adjust the angle of elevation as well; I'm not quite sure
on the usefulness of this function though...
'Menu' brings up settings for View (2D, 3D or 3D+), Zoom (close, normal
or far), Colours (day, night, auto), Favourites, 'Where am I?' and
Volume. 'Where am I?' shows your position, altitude, road and nearest
house numbers as well as a 'Help Nearby' option. 'Help Nearby' shows
your nearest car repair, police, health and ATM and allows you to
navigate directly to them or pull up address and phone details. As they
use the same POI data as the 'places' they are somewhat limited – there
are, apparently, no police in Bradford!
maps make use of elevation data but the limited zoom options and the
lack of adjustable angle mean that you rarely get to see this effect. It
is more noticeable when you are not navigating as the default view is
slightly further away. Road elevations are also used in the map data as
well as 3D buildings which, like in iGO 8, fade out as you get closer to
them; however, there is no option to turn them off.
you approach a junction / turn the view automatically zooms in and pans
to an almost over-head view – this makes navigation at more complex
junctions far easier as you can clearly see the road layout. The graphic
at the top left that shows your next turn is quite detailed and helpful
too. iGO Amigo also features lane guidance in the form of arrows at the
bottom of the screen showing which lane(s) to be in and it also
features the best use (that I've seen at least) of motorway and road
signs. The images below should highlight this.
Warning distances are good with various reminders at 1 mile (eg on a motorway), 750 yards and 200 yards.
Speed Camera / POI Warnings
the good news: speed camera alerts in iGO Amigo are directional – i.e.
you only get alerted to cameras that are relative to the direction you
are going (but you always see an icon on the map regardless of
direction). The bad news is that Nav N Go, for some reason, only have
one icon regardless of camera type. iGO 2006 and 8 both had different
icons per camera type (mobile, static, redlight, redspeed) where as
every camera, regardless of type, is displayed as a standard speed
camera icon. The image to the right shows MOBILE:11464@30 and
GATSO:11444@30 in the distance. Installation of speed cameras is the
same as iGO (see installation guide here) but replace the 'IGO' folder with the 'AMIGO' folder!.
You can also add your own POI files which are searchable along with
the normal, in-built POIs. Simply create kml files (there are various
sites and software that will convert ov2 files to kml format) and copy
them to the memory card at amigocontentuserdatapoi (you may need to
create these sub folders) and then restart the software. You cannot use
any custom icons though.
Amigo comes with a handful of extras to the actual navigation
software. These include a jpeg/photo viewer, travel pack (currency
convertor, size convertor etc.) and games. The photo viewer is free but
needs activating via the naviextras.com website. The travel pack costs
just under €5 and the games just under €10 each and are activated by
entering a unique code at naviextras.com and then entering an activation
code into the device.
are various pointers you can use if a blue arrow doesn't tickle your
fancy and these range from cars, bikes and trucks through to people and
A useful addition are the guides; these provide step-by-step
instructions on using the main features of Amigo (such as choosing a
destination, saving a favourite etc). Although the software is fairly
easy to use it's good that Nav N Go have catered for the more
technologically inept among us.
Amigo is a refreshing navigation solution that budget OEM makers
would be wise to use. While some of it's features are limited this
actually works well as the whole point of Amigo is as an easy to use
navigation program. Some of the cons mentioned above would only really
affect more advanced users but then more advanced users would prefer iGO
8 devices anyway! You should look at it as the same level as a TomTom
One or Garmin nuvi 200 - if you want more advanced features you look to
iGO 8, a TomTom x40 or a Garmin nuvi 8xx. The user interface looks good
and it's actually a pleasure to use without it being to overbearing with
it's fancy menu transitions. Navigation is sound and the directions are
clear and easy to follow; the auto-zoom at junctions, lane guidance and
road signs are also plus points for iGO Amigo.
References & Links:
You can learn more about iGO My Way on product homepage or visit company website
|Manufacturers Web site ||http://navngo.com/pages/global/eng/igo_amigo |
|Pocket GPS World Contributor || |
Matthew Morley (MaFt)
|Guide Price at time of publication ||Dependent upon OEM manufacturer|