Find your way on the beaten path
$0.99 From Nick Zmachynski Made For iPhone, Apple Watch Needs iOS 11.0 or later
If turn-by-turn directions on navigation apps like Apple Maps seem overstuffed with data, here’s one that’s about as minimalist as they come. Pathit, from the maker of TV show tracking app TVGraph, enables you to establish a route using map information powered by Google on your iPhone, then automatically sync it to your Apple Watch for use while on the go.
There’s not a whole lot more to Pathit, but the advantage of the Watch app is that you can leave the iPhone at home and still be able to follow the current route from Apple Watch — even if there’s no cellular connectivity built-in. Although auto and bike route guidance is available on iPhone, the Watch app is really designed to be used while walking with an Apple Watch strapped to your wrist.
One thing that significantly dampens this experience, however, is how Pathit automatically determines what it considers to be the “best” route for your walk. In our case, that meant it directed us to walk up to the main road to get to the nearest Starbucks, even though there’s a convenient shortcut through the walking trail that runs along our neighborhood.
The app does allow you to tap and set waypoints after the initial route has been established, but those also strictly adhere to known roads, making this feature a little less useful for those of us in the suburbs. Pathit does get extra points for being iPhone X ready, but the help and reset buttons at the top are a little off as a result — tapping just above those buttons on that shiny new device will produce the desired result.
The bottom line. A more minimalistic navigation experience, to be sure, but also a restrictive one for anyone who prefers walking off the beaten path.