Mocal for iPhone review: Mocal for iPhone

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The Good Read Eatability reviews without pinching and zooming. Turn-by-turn nav aggresively priced. Try before you buy nav. Free TrueLocal, Eatability, Navteq search.

The Bad Nav instructions almost inaudible. Text-to-speech full. Of. Awkward. Pauses. Turn-by-turn lacking in features.

The Bottom Line For business, location and Eatability searches, Mocal's a winner. The turn-by-turn nav still requires a bit of work, but at least you can try before you buy.

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Search

Mocal is a locally developed free iPhone app that lets users search for shops, services and locations. In many ways, it's a more ambitious version of AroundMe. Although Mocal's interface isn't as simple to use, nor as snazzy, it boasts a whole slew of extra features to compensate.

While AroundMe only pulls results from Google, Mocal fetches results from TrueLocal, Eatability and Navteq. Both TrueLocal and Eatability results feature user-written reviews, although you aren't able to scribe your own reviews from within Mocal. According to Yapp Mobile, the developer behind Mocal, more search and review providers may be added in the future.

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Maps on Mocal lack the pizzazz of Google Maps.
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Maps

There's a built-in map viewer for displaying locations and general browsing, with map data supplied by Navteq and downloaded over the air as required. It bears an uncanny resemblance to the Google Maps application that's standard on all iPhones, except that the maps themselves aren't anywhere near as slick. Absent are satellite images, street view and traffic.

You can obtain walking or driving directions from point A to point B but, again like Google Maps, these instructions don't adapt to your movements — so, venturing off course requires re-entering starting and destination points.

Navigation

Turn-by-turn navigation is available and it's free for the first 30 days after installation. If you like it enough to pay, AU$10 will buy you 30 days of use, AU$50 a year and AU$60 three years.

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