Garmin is one of the biggest names in GPS navigation… but now that many smartphones include free navigation from Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Nokia HERE, it’s hard to justify paying for a dedicated GPS device.
So Garmin also offers mobile apps for smartphone users… but some of those apps can be rather expensive.
Now Garmin is offering a more affordable option called Viago. It brings maps and navigation features to Android and iPhone users for just $1 (although the price will double on July 13th). But if you want to unlock all of Viago’s features you’ll need to pony up a few more bucks for in-app purchases.
Garmin Viago offers free maps and a few features that you might not get from some free alternatives including lane assist and weather information.
If you want extra features like downloadable maps, real-time traffic and automatic rerouting, 3D terrain views, directions with spoken street names, and the ability to match your speed against current speed limits, you’ll have to make in-apps purchases. Add up all those options and this $1 app will end up costing you closer to $20.
That’s still a lot cheaper than a dedicated GPS unit… but more expensive than Google Maps or Apple Maps, which are both available for free.