Sometimes you just want to know where you’re going, where you are, and how to get from one point to another. While there are a huge number of navigation apps out there, Gokivo for iOS will distinguish itself from its competition in a lot of surprising ways.
Gokivo offers a very solid array of tools for those who need to know where they’re going in relation to where they are, including the standards like real-time turn-by-turn directions, spoken, complete with street names as well as automatic re-routing (some call this “recalculating”, and basically means, “when you miss a turn the system will work around it and give you a new way to go”) and 3D navigation to more accurately simulate the driving experience and how to reach your destination.
But Gokivo distinguishes itself by adding components from other apps into the standard package. Where you might have entire apps that tell you about traffic issues, Gokivo includes them in the package with updates once a minute from a network of 1.8 billion traffic probes, providing what is literally up-to-the-minute coverage of traffic snarls, accidents and similar issues. Moreover, Gokivo is traffic-aware, meaning that it can automatically work around those very same traffic problems when compiling their direction recommendations. Gokivo will also bring in voice search capabilities–you can literally tell Gokivo where you want to go and it will show you how to get there–as well as suggesting local events, providing information on movie theater locations as well as what’s playing at said theatres, complete with showtimes.
As a GPS app, Gokivo does about as well as most any GPS app does. But where Gokivo really shines is in the almost disturbing array of other features this packs in. In some cases, you’d need three or four different apps–some of which we’ve actually reviewed previously–to match the functionality packed into Gokivo. There is a lot going on here, and whether it’s business or personal, it’s going to offer an almost disturbing amount of extra features. This isn’t just the Swiss Army knife of navigation apps, this is one of those big display model Swiss Army knives that comes with the laser pointer. It’s just that impressive.
Not surprisingly, it will come with an impressive price tag. While the app itself is free, it only really stays that way for the first 30 days if you want access to all the features. Basic navigation will set you back $.99 for the first 30 days, or $9.99 for a full year. Getting in on the enhanced 3D navigation will run $4.99 for the first 30 days, jumping to $19.99 for a year. Still, for those who make a lot of trips, it’s definitely worth the try.
While Gokivo will have your back quite thoroughly covered in terms of travel, it’s not going to be enough by itself to keep a small business running. Throwing in some cloud-based telephony systems like instant conferencing and Google Apps integration will provide a lot of extra functionality whether among employees in the business or between customers and the business itself.
Gokivo may not be the solution to all a business’ problems, but it will likely solve most travel-related dilemmas with surprising ease.