The navigation app for the iPhone has proven to be one of the most popular types of download for any type of smartphone. While it comes with Apple Maps within iOS 6 integrated into the system, this has not always been enough prompting many users to download one or more of the many alternatives on offer. This list is by no means definitive, but is 5 of the top apps available for the iPhone today.
1. Google Maps – Free
Google Maps is quite simply the most popular navigation app for the iPhone as it comes with a whole range of features that leaves much of the competition trailing in its wake. It offers step by step instructions that are clear and precise and real-time updates on heavy traffic and delays. It is also a great app if you need to get public transport or walk as its high-resolution global satellite imagery allows for 3D maps and panoramic views pretty much anywhere in the world. Another feature that sets it apart from the rest is that it not only helps you find a place, but choose one too. So for example if you were looking for a luxury Mykonos hotel, it would give you a list of options with ratings from other users, as well as tell you how to get there.
2. GPS by Telenav – Free
GPS by Telenav has a lot of features, most of which are free though some of the more advanced ones are subscription based. The free service offers turn by turn directions, it searches for local landmarks and gives details of local traffic conditions. The full paid for version offers voice directions, notifications of speed traps and when telling of traffic jams and other potential delays, offers an alternate route.
3. Waze – Free
Waze is a free app that offers several great functions including GPS navigation and detailed traffic information. Users from all over the world update the system themselves, reporting traffic jams, accidents, heavy road works or anything else that may hamper someone’s journey. This is great for any major city though does not always work too well in more secluded areas where there may be no users on at a given time.
4. Motion X GPS – $0.99
Motion X GPS is not free but is very cheap considering all it can do. It not only offers driving directions, but it will also tell you how to get to your destination if you are on foot or in a boat. It does offer voice assisted directions however this feature costs more money.
5. CoPilot Live Premium HD – $12.99
CoPilot Live Premium HD is a little more expensive than the others but does offer great directions and other features. This version is only available in the US but there is also CoPilot Live Premium UK & Ireland if you are from that side of the ‘pond’. This app not only gives turn by turn directions but can give you information on many places of interest in a given area. The accurate voice enabled directions are sure to get you to where you want to go and the maps have both 2D and 3D options.
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