Those who use your iPhone as a GPS: What software do you use?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Traxan, May 9, 2017.

  1. Traxan macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2008
    #1
    My Garmin is now 7 years old, and while they do update it, the thing is sluggish and has poor resolution. I don't see the value in a $200 upgrade, and since the trend is toward using smartphones for GPS, I was wondering what are the car GPS apps with considering. Your input is welcomed. TIA.
     
  2. flyinmac macrumors 68030

    flyinmac

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2006
    Location:
    United States
    #2
    Google maps is actually pretty good. It provides gps navigation while you drive.
     
  3. daflake macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    #3
    Google Maps or Waze, both of these have been very reliable.
     
  4. noisycats macrumors 6502a

    noisycats

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2010
    Location:
    The 'ham. Alabama.
    #4
    Are you asking to track your endevours, or to get you someplace? If the later, by all means, jump to Maps, Waze or google. All are far more accurate with live updates including traffic.
     
  5. mrkramer macrumors 603

    mrkramer

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2006
    Location:
    Somewhere
    #5
    Google maps is what I use. Apple Maps has let me down too many times.
     
  6. Traxan thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2008
    #6
    Amazing. I would have guessed some expensive third party app. I didn't think Google Maps was that good.

    Waze has too much on the screen, it would obscure the darn map.
     
  7. daflake macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    #7
    Well, if you don't like that option, Navigon is another. I have used it in the past and it wasn't bad but I prefer Google or Waze now.
     
  8. phobos512 macrumors regular

    phobos512

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2012
    Location:
    High Desert, CA, USA
    #9
    You can turn off all the stuff that shows up on the Waze map in settings...Click the magnifying glass lower right, then the gear top left, then "Display & map", then "Details on map".

    I don't use Waze regularly simply because they require you to have Location Services set to "Always" despite users complaining for years. I don't need them to send me reminders. I want to use the app when I want to use it and shut it off when I'm done with it.
     
  9. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2017
    Location:
    Sweden
    #10
    I use either google maps,Apple maps or,if I need to find shops,restaurants and similar,poisonmap,as it also run on my AW2. For outdoor navigation when hunting or fishing,I prefer dedicated gps devices. The phone is ok for driving or walking in populated areas and highways,but it's not very good for hiking in mountains or boating in narrow waters.
     
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3

    Gav2k

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2009
    #12
    Apple maps as I have unlimited data and it's very good where I am.

    However if I'm in a bad reception area for data I'll download the area in google maps and use that.

    I will say that I really do not like the google maps look.
     
  11. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    Joined:
    May 15, 2015
    Location:
    near Boston, MA
    #13
    What if the OP doesn't want to use data, any recommendation for offline Map apps?
     
  12. UL2RA macrumors 6502a

    UL2RA

    Joined:
    May 7, 2017
    #14
    Google Maps or TomTom. Apple Maps is okay, but it usually fails to tell me the last turn or two at the end of a trip and just tells me the destination is in a general area, which is frustrating. Google Maps gives very specific instructions before an upcoming turn. For instance, Apple Maps will just say "stay right", while Google Maps will say "stay right on x street" or whatever the highway sign is. I'd rather have more information than less.


    I use TomTom on long road trips where I know cell reception will cut out. You basically download the entire map of the country all at once. I haven't used other offline map services to compare it to though. Google Maps also lets you download specific areas so that you don't have to use your data.
     
  13. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

    Ulenspiegel

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2014
    Location:
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    #15
    Sygic is also offline (paid). Another offline option which is completely free is HERE.
     
  14. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    Joined:
    May 15, 2015
    Location:
    near Boston, MA
  15. RecentlyConverted macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2015
    #17
    HERE is a great app - especially if you don't want to each up your data plan. Download the maps you need before you travel and use the app offline.
     
  16. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2011
    #18
    Google Maps.

    Let's you download(cache) map data to be used when a data connection gets weak.
     

Share This Page