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.

The best

Waze Navigation & Live Traffic

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-08-01 :: Category: Game


It’s near impossible to fault Waze-which is impressive as it's entirely free to use.

The app works by crowd-sourcingreal-time traffic and road information from drivers. So if there’s an accident near you, odds are someone’s giving you a heads up of what’s to come.

There's also voice-guided navigation, automatic rerouting, and the ability to send your ETA to people waiting for you.

It’s an ideal navigation app.

The rest

Google Maps

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Released: 2012-12-13 :: Category: Game


Google Maps is a consistently reliable tool - as you’d expect from Google.

The app offers voice-guided navigation whether you’re driving, walking, or cycling, and caters to over 15,000 different cities and towns.

You can check out transit directions and maps, live traffic conditions, and use street view to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

TomTom U.S. & Canada

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-08-17 :: Category: Game


It’s not cheap, but if you’d rather use an app from a well-known Sat Nav maker, then TomTom’s app is a fine choice to make.

There’s the usual turn by turn navigation, goingone step further by offering advanced lane guidance, and it works offline, which is particularly useful when you’re traveling somewhere off the beaten path.

Along with free daily map changes, offering a kind of twist on Waze’s crowd sourcing methods, it’s a fine option for frequent travelers.

Scout GPS, ETA, Maps & Traffic

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Released: 2012-01-10 :: Category: Game


With a focus on making it easier to meet up with friends, Scout offers voice chat and messaging services alongside a typical bevy of navigational tools.

Want to make a pit stop during a busy journey? Set up a 'Meet Up' within the app and you can easily co-ordinate with friends and hook up.

It makes travelling a more social experience, right down to its live ETA features.

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Do you use a different navigation app? What do you recommend? Let us know in the comments!

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Tagged With: Navigation, TomTom, Google Maps, Lists, Waze, Scout
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