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The best navigation apps on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 15th, 2015

With the festive season upon us, it’s likely that you need to travel - whether that's to a romantic lodge with a partner, or to see distant friends and family.

We’ve taken a look at the best navigation apps out there to help you get there quickly and safely.

Moovit Apple Watch Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ALMOST
Moovit is a relatively handy way to keep track of local mass transit schedules.
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Citymapper Apple Watch Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 21st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: USEFUL NAVIGATION
Citymapper makes it easy for you to explore cities.
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Find Your Way With This Direction for the Apple Watch

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 8th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

The Apple Watch's screen is small and not well suited for reading maps, so This Direction, by Emoak, breaks down your route into arrows.

NLife USA Premium Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONVENIENT NAVIGATION
NLife USA Premium is a GPS navigational app for the US that provides offline navigation. It's useful, to say the least.
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On Time Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Monica Stevens on February 10th, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SLEEP LATE
Is there a purpose for an app that frequently funnels you to other, better, apps? No, there is not.
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PicoPark Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CAR TRACKING
For those in need of a helping hand when finding their car, PicoPark is a useful solution.
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Breakdown Buddy Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 21st, 2014
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: FLAWED CONCEPT
There's a good idea here, but Breakdown Buddy isn't as useful as it tries to be.
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Drive into the Future with Navdy, a Heads Up Display for Your Car

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 6th, 2014

Smartphones are very useful tools for communicating, playing music, finding out information, and generally entertaining you, but they can be dangerous if used while driving. Navdy seeks to alleviate distractions while still allowing you access to all of those functions.

It is being billed as "Google-glass for your car" as, similar to the glasses, the small heads up display (HUD) is designed to sit on your dashboard and project information on a transparent pane in front of you. Navdy is running a 30 day pre-order campaign where they hope to raise $60,000 to get backers and support the initial production.

Navdy is supported by cars made after 1996 as it connects with the auto's onboard computer (OBD II port). This allows it to display navigation instructions, fuel economy stats, tire-pressure warnings, speed, and more. The HUD can be controlled with voice and simple gestures to help keep drivers focused on the road. It also supports many popular apps such as Google Maps, Spotify, and various social media platforms.

Backers can pre-order Navdy for $299 - a 40% discount from its projected retail price. You can also use Navdy's referral program to alert friends and family, and for everyone who buys one based on your referral you receive a $30 discount. If you pre-order you will be able to vote on which smartphone apps and features Navdy should have when it is finalized in 2015.

Garmin Launches viago, a Low-Priced, Feature-Packed Navigation App

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 17th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

There's a new navigation app on the market, and its name is Garmin viago.

Offering advanced navigation features at an impressively low $0.99 (rising to $1.99 from July 13), Garmin viago comes with off-board maps for many regions around the world - with turn-by-turn navigation, current speed, and speed limit details, as well as lane assist features.

Through optional in-app purchases it's possible to buy downloadable maps, real-time traffic information, mobile speed camera alerts, directions with spoken street names, as well as many more features. The key feature here is that it's possible to buy exactly what you want and nothing more.

Garmin viago is available now, priced at $0.99.

CoPilot Receives Update that Brings New Adaptive Learning Features and More

Posted by Tre Lawrence on May 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The CoPilot navigation app has received an update that brings a whole bunch of new features.

Version 9.6 unveils the new CommuteMe feature, which looks to learn the user's daily commute and then provides live traffic and arrival estimation info on the fly. It also gives users the ability to add a point of interest as the next stop without altering the final destination, as well as drag & drop functionality that allows for trip editing and improved POI searching.

There is also an update to the North American map database.

Parent company ALK Technologies consumer business vice president David Quinn mentioned the company's mission in a press release. "CoPilot v9.6 introduces unique adaptive learning technology and smarter route searching to make your daily drive more predictable and less stressful," he said. "It's the latest step in our mission to make every journey easier and more efficient through advanced navigation technology".

We had a look at CoPilot a while back; it is available on the App Sore for $19.99.

• NEW CommuteMe™ feature learns your preferred daily commute and provides real-time traffic* and ETA info along that personal route you love. You know the one that gets you to work and home for dinner on time!

• NEW ability to add a POI as your next stop without altering your final destination

• NEW Drag & Drop trip editing to easily move stops up or down within your trip

• IMPROVED POI search on your route to find the closest POIs and save time by avoiding driving too far out of your way

• YOU ASKED FOR IT so we made it simple to change your CoPilot ID (email address) directly within CoPilot, just go to MyCoPilot > My Account

• ADDED the option to navigate to Decimal Minutes Coordinates

• NEW! Free map update – In addition to an update for our maps of North America, CoPilot now includes the complete street-level map of Puerto Rico for reliable offline routing and guidance.

Routes Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Charlie Miller on April 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PLAN YOUR ROUTE
For users who need to plan multiple stops along their way, Routes is handy for both planning and navigating the ride.
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Beyond Cam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FUNCTIONAL
Showing users what's ahead of them geographically, there's a nice idea here, but its design lets it down.
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Maps Pro With Google Maps Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: COMPREHENSIVE MAPPING
Travel and own an iPad? This really is an essential app to buy.
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Spontaneous Dining and Shopping Made Easier with Closy

Posted by Rob Rich on August 1st, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

I'm sure this has happened to all of us at some point: You're out and about, enjoying a nice evening, then decide it's time for some food. Or perhaps you want to do a little last-minute shopping before everything closes. Wandering around haphazardly can be a gamble, but what Closy offers an easier way to go about it.

Whether it's through a keyword search or simply the iOS device's GPS and a set radius, Closy will locate nearby stores and eateries, then tell you if they're currently open. It's just that simple. No more trips to shops that are already closed!