Best GPS now that iPhone 5 is out

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Omacc, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2012
    Have any of you had a chance to use tomtom usa/ navigon/ or garmin with the iphone 5? and if so what are your thoughts?

    apple maps is ok but i want to upgrade to something that does not always take me on highway routes and a GPS app that shows which highway lanes be in.
    Also speed limit signs are a great additive within the app.

    Which have worked best for you?
  2. macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2010
    I did not do a comparison, but from reading reviews I went with Navigon. I have been very happy with Navigon. Finally replaced my Garmin!
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    Sygic! The best turn-by-turn navigation.
    For me way better than Navigon.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2009
    central ohio
    I use Waze and like it. Free and has a lot of user participation informing you of traffic, accidents, construction and even police location.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010
    TomTom USA/Canada has worked fine for me over the past year. User friendly and fairly accurate turn by turn directions. Hadn't tried any of the others mentioned so I can't make a comparison.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2012
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2011
    Navigon turn-by-turn not working for me


    How were you able to get Navigon's turn-by-turn working?

    I have an iPhone5, iOS6 & Navigon US east, and 2012 Honda CR-V. I have been unable to get Navigon turn-by-turn working in my car. When I get into the car and turn the car on my iPhone auto-connects to my radio via bluetooth. I connect my phone to my usb cable that is directly connected to my car. From this point on I get NO turn-by-turn no matter what I try and what input I choose on my car.

    Any ideas?

    btw - if I turn off my car that will auto-disconnect my bluetooth connection between my car and iPhone. I can be holding my iPhone with Navigon running and I get turn-by-turn. I also have the WAZE app. WAZE works fine in my car and through the bluetooth connection.
  9. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    Same with me. I have TomTom on my 4S and it is great. It is expensive, but very much worth it.
  10. macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2010

    Sorry, can't help with this one. I use this only when traveling with a rental car. I just turn up the iphone volume and rely on the iphone speaker.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Oct 15, 2008
  12. takeshi74, Nov 27, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2012

    macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Why would things have suddenly changed? The countless prior threads on GPS nav apps are still valid. I still use TomTom. There's a bit of subjective preference involved in choosing a solution.

    You mean voice prompts? The app does give you turn-by-turn instructions and the nav screen, right? You should be getting them via A2DP but if you're also using the lightning connector it's possible that it thinks that you have line out connected. I don't know anything about the 2012 CRV's interfaces and can't comment on them specifically.

    When you're holding your phone in such cases is a cable still attached to the lightning connector? Does Waze work with a cable attached to the lightning connector?

    If you haven't checked Navigon's settings then make sure sound isn't turned down or muted.

    How so? Best and better really don't help others. They have no idea if your needs/wants are in line with their own.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2012
    I have used Tom Tom with their traffic data for years. In my experience it reroutes me around car accidents and traffic jams, much better than the others.
  14. macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Chicago Illinois
    For all the bad publicity Apple Maps has received (much of it deserved), i actually used it on my trip from Chicago to Ottawa, Canada and it got me to my exact destination!
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2012
    My problem with Apple Maps right now is the ability to change directions based on traffic conditions.

    One time there was a 1 mile stretch of freeway blocked off because of a truck accident. The Tom Tom app had me get off at an earlier exit and then get back on at an exit pass the accident. What would have been a 45 min delay was change to 5 mins.

    For consulting, I will drive between 150 to 250 miles in a given day, for my sanity this is my most important feature.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2011
    btw...what is A2DP? Never mind. Google is a beautiful thing :D
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    Navigon is amazing, I really think it's the best out of all of them (Yar-har-fiddle de-dee'd them all a few months ago, decided Navigon was the best). It's 30 dollars for the USA, I believe, and it's worth every penny. (It often goes on sale, too) It's got highway lanes, locations of speed traps (says "caution" when speeding in a known speed trap), around-town lane assistance... so many great features.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2012
    The best GPS is the Sun :) and some road signs you get to read on the road.. lol
  19. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    I have tried Tom Tom, NAVIGON, Waze, and Garmin (own only NAVIGON but tried Tom Tom and Garmin on friend's phone) but in the end, I actually prefer iOS 6 Maps app (although points of interest search needs to be a lot better). The UI on these 3rd party apps are all clunky (Garmin and Waze have less bad UI).

    That said, routing in many cases are superior on Tom Tom, NAVIGON, and Garmin. Waze have been pretty bad for me, often asking me to take an exit only to get back to the highway (may work better for some people).

    So I use Apple Maps for normal use and NAVIGON for times when I need offline access or when Apple Maps routing engine is flaking out. I picked NAVIGON for lifetime traffic in-app purchase option (others require annual renewal), but I strongly dislike NAVIGON's UI and map look and feel.
  20. macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2010
    A few thoughts: why do you connect to the cable if the iphone is already connected via bluetooth. It should work fine through your speakers that way. Maybe the cable is screwing something up. Also, you can choose to use the iphone speaker for navigon even when the phone is connected via bluetooth. Its a pain, you have to do each time it connects. Just go to volumn on iphone in the navigon app and switch to iphone speaker.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    May 16, 2011
    I enjoy the Navigon app. I dont use it much but when I have it was flawless.

    Used it on a road trip from Miami to Orlando, and another time in Puerto Rico and it was excellent and the street view is pretty cool too!
  22. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
  23. macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2010
    Oh yeah duh! It still might be screwing something up if its the USB cord that is used for data and not just a cig. Light power cord. I have two in my car, one is power only and the other is power plus data.
  24. tgi
    macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    Waze is good. Is there an option to turn off the icons of other "Wazers" or to disable the pop ups?
  25. macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2011
    GPS functionality on an iPhone tends to drain the battery very fast. Trust me, I'm a cyclist and I used to use my iPhone for tracking my rides (etc. iPhone app). I could get maybe 80 miles or 4 hours out of the iPhone/GPS before the battery was sucked dry. I switched to a Garmin Edge 500 for cycling. For this reason an iPhone user is pretty much forced to connect to some kind of power supply when using a GPS app.

    WAZE is a free GPS app and is working fine with my current setup. I paid a pretty penny for Navigon. No worky which is ridiculous for a paid app.

    Switching to using my iPhone's speaker kind of defeats the purpose of Navigon's voice turn-by-turn doesn't it especially if WAZE works fine through BT and my radio speakers?

    I found Navigon's support email address and sent them an email about this. I will report back IF I hear anything.

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