44 Nav­i­ga­tion Apps Com­pared

A side-by-side look at to­day’s top apps for driv­ers.

iPhone Life Magazine - - Front Page - by Jim Karpen

* 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.

Ap­ple Maps

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.

Google Maps

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.

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