The standard feature set and map quality of many of the leading navigation apps on iOS has increased dramatically over the last twelve months. Simply getting from point A to point B is no longer the goal: Many have branched out to include some unique and useful features like the sharing of route position updates and even a nighttime heads-up display.
A few things have changed since the last time I took a serious look at turn-by-turn navigation apps. Looking beyond the full iOS device integration of Apple’s own Maps app, the access from anywhere Google Maps, and the community-based live updates of Waze, there are times when being online constantly won’t do. You need to be prepared for when you are disconnected, especially when you get lost.
Here some alternatives to these three leaders in online turn-by-turn navigation in an effort to see which offline app has the best feature set you are looking for.
Fully featured and innovative mapping
Navigation apps like TomTom and Garmin certainly come from GPS powerhouses. And even though TomTom has made a lot of improvements over the last two years by adding support for the iPad and integrating Foursquare, the company has not pushed things as far as some of the more innovative apps on the higher end of the price scale.
Share a Glympse of your trip - One of the more expensive navigation apps that I have had the pleasure to own, NAVIGON ($49.99 Universal), is also one of the most feature-full. A brand of Garmin, NAVIGON has many features that the similarly...