Recommended Navigation GPS app for iPhone 4S?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by ET iPhone Home, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I did a search and nothing came up. I was wondering what do you guys recommend as the best GPS navigation app - Free or Purchased? I was searching iTunes, but can't make out the best. I would like for it to be voice activated turn by turn. Thanks.

    Someone in another thread (which I can't locate) recommended NAVIGON, but I can't locate it in iTunes. I also saw a MapQuest app.
  2. iPodiPad macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2010
    Waze its free and I've used it on a 600 mile trip and it worked great
  3. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    I'll second the Waze nomination. It's free, they update often, has plenty of features, and it communicates with others using it - so, in addition to knowing traffic problems, someone could report a cop hiding in the shadows or a car disabled on the shoulder.

    The only downside is that it requires a cell connection for data so, if you're in an area that has limited service, you'd be out of luck.

    As my old standalone GPS is still working great, I've never had to consider any of the pay for apps so my experience with them is extremely limited.

    The plus with them is that some of them load ALL the maps onto your phone so you they don't need a data connection to run.

    If you were going to pay for one, what price range would you be looking/ comfortable in?
  4. Lioncrazz macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2009
    Another vote for Waze. Just an all around awesome app. I use it a few days a week and am always pleased with it.
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I use TomTom on my iPhone 4. It works great. It is a bit pricey, but worth it in my opinion.
  6. ET iPhone Home thread starter macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    Thanks. I'll try WAZE. I just saw the price of TOM TOM - $39.99 is a bit much. Was there a paid app you recommend below $39.99. I need for it to have voice to give turn by turn directions. Does WAZE offer voice? Thanks.
  7. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    Yep, Waze has nice turn by turn voice navigation. Sounds a bit like Siri.
  8. DodgeV83 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2012
    TomTom is the best GPS navigation available anywhere, on any device, even better then the TomTom standalone units. You get what you pay for.
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    right now i use motion X and that has worked well. Hopefully maps in ios6 will be good and useable.
  10. trouble747 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    I like GPS Drive, but you have to pay for full voice navigation. Waze seems to work pretty well, too.
  11. Lioncrazz macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2009
    Playing devils advocate, what does Tom Tom offer for $60 that you can't get on Waze? (honest question)
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    The US version is $40, not $60. That said, I have never used Waze so I can't answer your question. I have owned standalone TomTom GPS units so when it came out for the iPhone, I bought it.
  13. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    Just stick Waze on. You'll be really pleased when iOS 6 comes as you will then have built in Sat Nav powered by TomTom..for freeeeeee.
  14. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
    iOS 6 comes with a good turn by turn navigation, I've been using it for 4 weeks now, better than most of the other apps I bought!!! Only negative is no downloaded maps. But a but positive is it works in most countries!!!! :D
  15. maximus96 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    i use Navigon US West now for $20. Its got the western US maps and I really just need California.

    I used to use Waze. It was fine until one time it kept me going on the freeway when I was supposed to get off. It got me frustrated enough to not use it anymore. But when it worked it was pretty good for a free app. I sometimes suspect it is biased in routing you to drive the streets to eat one of those candy prize things...
  16. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Same here. I was using waze until it really messed up directions on me in a metropolitan area
  17. malnar macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    Let me add a third voice here - Waze is awful. Outdated maps, and, worse, bad directions on those outdated maps. You get what you pay for.

    I've used most of the major GPS apps and I've settled on Magellan as it's the most reliable. TomTom has a few things that are superior, such as how it displays traffic on the right side of the screen in a bar graphic, but I don't appreciate all the yearly pay-ups on nearly everything an everyday driver would need (traffic, etc.) For now I stick with Magellan and wait to see what Maps brings in iOS 6. Hopefully that does away with all of these apps.

    By the way, if anyone just wants a great traffic app, the newly updated Inrix Traffic is pretty dang great. I had a lifetime subscription from a couple years back so now the app gets multiple destinations, and it is easily worth upgrading if you live in a busy city and have many places you drive to. I actually use this daily now instead of Magellan.
  18. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    Navigon is the best imo. Its owned by garmin, it has locally stored maps, but you can choose the states that you need. It only takes up about 500 MB because I have illinois wisconsin michigan indiana iowa nebraska and colorado only.
  19. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Arguably better maps and better routing. However I found their stand alone unit maps terrible for my area. But their iqrouting system to be great. I don't use the app so I don't know if iqroutes is integrated in.
  20. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    I did not enjoy Waze when I tried it but that was some months ago. Maybe the updates have helped (shoddy directions, poor mapping). I've been using MotionX GPS Drive for a couple years now and its been great. Yep, you do have to purchase the voice-guided directions but its only $10 or something - the app itself is like $0.99. And the map database is fantastic.

    I also use MotionX GPS for hiking - hasn't let me down yet.
  21. Jrh1194 macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2012
    Charleston, SC
    I have used Navigon for about 3 months now. So far it has worked flawlessly each time that I needed it. Nice part is that you only download the states that you actually need at that time. I bought the Eastern US version for $19.
  22. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    I use navigon, great app, works well even without cell coverag.e (That is a big deal if you use gps during a drive into the country.)
  23. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    use Waze most of the time. free and free real time traffic. its a bit flaky and not as accurate as the paid apps

    bought navigon a week ago while it was on sale for $29 for the USA version. biggest reason i bought it for is i'm going to rocky mountain national park with my son and wanted a GPS app with local maps in case i'm out of signal range or crappy 3G. and my wife will be in the area alone i wanted something for her as well so she doesn't get lost

    navigon is a bit flaky to use, i hate the interface. but its local maps and Navteq maps which are the best


    like navigon, local maps. you don't need a cell phone data signal to use it. your phone will use the data from the GPS satellites.

    if you're going to be in a remote area, local maps are a nice feature
  24. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Tomtom and garmin do not need data plans. U can even use th without a sim card.

    I have both. Well worth the money to have pre loaded maps on phone (1.5gb-2gb)
  25. takeshi74, Jul 26, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    What keywords were you using? If forum search doesn't get you the results you're looking for then try a site restricted Google search. There are countless prior threads on this topic:,cf.osb&fp=f2b218846b34a707&biw=1024&bih=1195

    Catch it on sale. There are apps and sites for tracking app pricing/sales. It's how I bought TomTom and Navigon.

    Pretty easy to find out:
    I'd say the IQ routing is worth it. It has saved me time and trouble on more than one occasion.

    Best and worth are always subjective. Not everyone needs or wants locally stored map data. Look at the popularity of apps that require data.

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