Once you start this iPhone
application, it gives you a red attention screen that warns you of
operating the device while driving, and telling you that road
regulation take preference over map indications.
Then you have to agree to continue or quit. This is strange in Sygic as
it is one of few GPS iPhone application that requires you to agree to
The most unique feature of Sygic is its Arabiclanguage supportnot
only in typing but also the Voice notifications. There are two Arabic voices available, a male and a female voice, which I find really exiting.
Although I don't use Arabic notification much, but
I thing Sygic will find a good market in the Arab world.
If the GPS iPhone signal is strong enough, it will
start initializing and then the map will be displayed.
The navigation and going from one screen to another in Sygic is different from the iPhone slide and pinch navigation. So you
can't slide you finger to go to a new screen or slide up or down
to see more option.
You have to tap the arrows left or right to go from one screen to
another. Or you have to tap the arrows up and down to navigate through
a list of cities or streets for example.
Even the keyboard is different from the default iPhone keyboard. I see
no reason for that, and find this a little annoying. To go back to
any previous screen, you have to tap the "Back" button as shown in the below pictures.
The main menu has several options, and you can tap on the left and
right arrows to move to the next screen.
Navigate to is the
button that you want to tap when you want to start your destination.
Also you can Browse the map and select a destination from the map.
With settings you can modify all the features and customize you iPhone GPS application.
Tap the Navigate to button to start your
Tap on the Address buttonif you know it, or select it from
You can also navigate by selecting from your history, or POI (Point of
find a place by zip code, and you can set up your Home location for
quick Go Home route.
Tap the right arrow
to go to the next screen. Point on Map allow you to tap anywhere on the map to pick a destination. Once you pick
a point, tap on done and the rout will start from where ever you are to
Again, with Sygic, you can't use the nice pinch to zoom in and out which is one of the iPhone and iPhone 4 features.
You have to use the slideron the right side of the screen shown in the picture below by the red circle.
Once you find the location on the map, you can just tap on it, and tap Done, then tap Route Me.
If you have good GPS iPhone reception, Sygic will start calculating your
route, otherwise, it be waiting for a valid signal.
You can also manage POI (Point Of interest). If you can't find a place
in the Sygic data base, you can add it there.
Tap Add POI and follow the screen to enter the information about that
The Memorize position is a
nice quick way to add a position to your list of favorites, just tap
this button while you are driving, or when you want to store a place
that you want to visit later.
Select a destination:
To start a navigation to a place, simply select the Address button,
then tap the state you are looking for, and then type the city and
Tap the Show button to display the keyboard, which is different than
the default iPhone keyboard and can be changed from Settings as you will see later.
Before you tap the Route Me button you can show the new
position on map and you
can show if there are Parking around the destination.
Moreover, you can add this destination to your favorite.
This is a nice check before you finalize your route. Then tap the Route
Me to calculate the route.
The Options Screens:
The most interesting features about Sygic is its full list of options
and settings. There are so many useful settings.
Tap on Extras on the second home screen
and you get 4 nice little applications.
A world clock that you can
set up for different countries while you are traveling.
A calculator is neat if you
want to calculate something without existing Sygic. You also have a Unit Converter for quick conversions
of currency, length, area or any unit you want.
Finally, the fourth little application is Country
info. This shows you some general information about any specific
country you might be visiting. It will show you their speed limits and their help line.
Tap the More button and you get more information like the population,
the units used, the currency and the driving side. It is very nice
information to know about the country you are visiting specially if you
will be driving.
The Settings button is full of useful features in Sygic.
Those settings make Sygic the most customizable iPhone GPS application
in the App Store.
Those are the most useful
settings I found:
Set your map view to 2D or 3D.
Set screen color for night or day light.
Enable or disable sound
Select your rout preference, fast, short, or economy
Toll charge settings if you want to avoid roads with
defines your Sygic units to be used
Set language allow you to select the navigation
language, menus and texts
Set voice is
where you select the speaker voice. Here you can select the Arabic
language in a male and a female voice.
Set home location
is where you define you home address for quick route
settings allow you to:
Enable or disable U turn
Warn of railway crossing
Control your back light
which is shown at the bottom of the map as you are navigating
Enable maximum speed warnings and when to trigger the