Best navigation App

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dblock05, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. dblock05 macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2011
    Hey guys, I just wanted your opinion on the best navigation app. We all know that Maps is terrible compared to what Google Navigation.

    I know that there is Garmin, TomTom, CoPilot, and a few others. I just wanted to see if people have any preference towards one.

    For my usage, I would just like great turn-by-turn voice and be able to calculate the destination quickly along with re-routes.

    I would not be using this for traffic so that isn't a concern.

    What do you guys use and how do you like it?
  2. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    Really there's only two real options for me:

    #1 Waze ***FREE*** (automatically recalculates while driving based on traffic conditions for optimal time, alerts you to police / accidents / slowdowns ahead of you on your route)

    #2 Navigon (Data free navigation if you live in the boonies)
  3. kfergiez macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2010
    I've tried Waze and Navigon... Waze can be inaccurate as far as routes go. The $0.99 Garmin onDemand app is AWESOME. It has full feature turn-by-turn for the first month. But then you have to pay like $20 a year for the full service.
  4. scho52386 macrumors regular


    Jun 25, 2006
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    MotionX GPS Drive. It's 25 bucks a year or something cheap. Has worked great so far! Voice navigation and everything!!
  5. dblock05 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2011
    I've been doing some researching and it seems like there isn't a perfect navigation app, but TomTom and Navigon seem to be the best one.
  6. Jay0911 macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2011
    Waze is really good! I would definitely recommend it for free voice turn by turn navigation.
  7. aztooh macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Mapquest4mobile is also a free turn by turn...don't know if it recalculates.

    It also has POI's and you can put in 2 points to get directions (like the stock google map app), which I don't see a way to do that in Waze?
  8. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    Yup, it does. I used it in a pinch, it wasn't bad for being free.
    I bought Navigon and the native maps make all the difference. I travel all over and losing cell signal when your maps rely on it sucks.
  9. coolweirdo macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2011
  10. n2deep macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2010
    I have Tom Tom and it works pretty good but it kills the battery fast!
  11. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
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    TeleNav. It is $10 a year but it does traffic for free and it's maps are not stored on your device wasting space. I have used telenav on other devices before and it's experience on iPhone isn't any different which is a good thing as the service works well.

    I think it caches the route so no worries about cell signal. Not sure as I've never been in a situation without signal.
  12. coolweirdo macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2011
    so the question is which navigation app is good but also great on the battery
  13. Undone11091 macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2010
    waze until the new garmin app update is released then it will be garmin hands down
  14. b24pgg macrumors 65816

    Jan 28, 2009
    I experimented with Waze for the first time last night.

    Excellent voice turn-by-turn directions. Pronunciations of obscure street names was shockingly perfect.
    Great crowdsourcing features for accident/speed trap/etc. reporting
    Top-down 45 degree view is excellent and has day/night view modes

    Cons: Directions weren't perfect. They got me to my destination but bypassed streets that would've gotten me there faster and in a shorter distance.
  15. rustyosaurus macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
    i like telenav as well. i haven't tried any of the others. i used telenav with sprint when it was free. it is a different version - at least it looks different - but i haven't noticed that any functionality is lost. there is a free version but it doesn't include voice prompts.

    i used telenav a ton when i drove from jackson hole to canada over the summer. there were places in WY where there was no gps and so the map wouldn't refresh but it still told you where to go. and then I also used it in Canada. i was a little more worried about this because data costs so much when you're roaming, so i would just search for the place, let it map the route and then turn off my data.

    i've been happy with it.
  16. duggram macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2008
    How can I know when the new gramin app is released? The current version on the app store is date July, 2011.
  17. rmt5 macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2011
    As I've said before, I'm actually baffled as to why more people don't recommend Skobble GPS Nav 2. It's a $0.99 one time cost voice-directed turn-by-turn that looks, in my opinion, much better and cleaner than Waze. And it has downloadable maps for spots without data for $3.99 more. It has good music integration, auto-corrects routes, etc. I just really think it's terrific.
  18. daviddth macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2009
    I use Metroview here, but TomTom comes a close second. Both have good and bad points, but in the end they both get me to where I need to be
  19. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    How about because the user reviews on the appstore are god awful? :rolleyes:
  20. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    MotionX GPS Drive is good I paid for 99 cent I don't need a voice guided navigation because I am hearing impaired anyway.
  21. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    I've used TomTom for a couple of years and Navigon for a while too. I like TomTom the best.

    I tried Waze the other day because I heard so much buzz about it. It looks nice aside from not having the on-board maps. But the worst part of it were the directions. I had it plan a 90 mile route for me and I would never have gone the way it suggested. Just absurd. TomTom's IQ routes alone made it well worth the cost.

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