44 Navigation Apps Compared
A side-by-side look at today’s top apps for drivers.
* Via caching refers to when an app stores data to your iPhone's temporary storage from your last use of the app, allowing you to view it later when no longer connected to a wireless or cellular network.
After Apple released the Maps app in 2012, it had so many flaws that CEO Tim Cook wrote an open letter of apology. Today, the iPhone's default navigation app is much improved, and many anticipate more features with the release of iOS 9, including walking and transit directions.
The most full-featured app of the bunch, Google Maps stands out with its excellent transit and walking directions, local search, Street View feature, and traffic reporting courtesy of Waze. Unlike Apple Maps, it's not as integrated with the iPhone, but it's still the first choice of many.
A favorite among city dwellers, Waze specializes in finding the quickest route to your destination by crowdsourcing traffic conditions. Users contribute congestion data just by using the app, and a social component lets you report accidents and share your ETA with friends.