Best Navigation Apps On the Market

Best Navigation Apps On the Market

The only thing more frustrating than using a navigation app is finding the best one for you. We did some searching and narrowed it down to the top three picks:

1) Google Maps

Google Maps is a classic. The intuitive platform and wealth of information have made this app one of the top competitors in the navigation app and GPS app space. Features include turn-by-turn directions, live traffic updates, public transit schedules (where available), and offline downloads maps for temporary use. Plus, the app contains information about virtually every business known to man based on location- you can even download Google Street View to get even closer looks at destinations, businesses, and restaurants. It’s difficult to find a replacement for all of its features and it’s totally free.

2) Waze

Waze is one of the hottest up and coming navigation apps in the Android and Apple stores. Acquired by Google in 2013, the app shares a few features with Google Maps but has developed many unique features. It’s one of the first apps to successfully use crowdsourced information to provide live traffic updates. Reports from other drivers allow you to avoid everything from jams and accidents to construction and roadkill. It also shows you where police have been spotted, monitors your speed, and alerts you when you go over the limit. Waze is entirely free with no in-app purchases. It’s by far one of the best.

3) Scout

Scout GPS is actually an older GPS app, that used to be called TeleNav. It’s changed it’s name, icon, and appearance to give it a fresh look, but it still has all of the basic features, including turn-by-turn navigation. What’s unique about Scout GPS is its focus on people rather than navigation. For example, the app can text people automatically with your ETA or alert you when other people need you. While it may not have all the bells and whistles, the location-based, social-media-like element helps separate it from the pack. Especially if you have a family to drive around.

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Written by Nicole Palange