GoKivo presents you with a Google Map screen to select destinations. Tap the search field, and instead of being able to enter a destination, a Search page appears with several options. Selecting a contact or address reveals a map with a pin and a big Go! button. The screen uses the Maps blue-dot-with-a-circle approach, too, until the full GPS lock occurs, which is more distracting than useful. I’d rather wait a few seconds and get the precise location.
But if you search for destinations, the map is populated with pins which you must zoom in on to select. There may be an advantage with familiarity, but it doesn’t improve on methods found in other programs.
GoKivo is a decidedly mixed bag. While some programs include too many options for any reasonable user, GoKivo omits a day/night color view, toll/ferry/HOV route avoidance, POI display, and multi-point routing.
The other side of that coin is its low price, best iPod controls, and well-integrated use of live traffic data.
[This app was reviewed as part of our
GPS app roundup review.]