With GPS available on smart phones, you really have no excuse to ever get lost again. iPhones and Android devices are turned into convenient navigation systems, thanks to the number of apps available in their mobile stores.
The increased ease of use for mobile phone navigation systems is a result of advanced technology and niche apps that add context to previous navigation apps. Here are some iPhone and Android apps that will help you better navigate your surroundings, whether you’re in the car or walking around town.
iPhone apps for meeting expectations
Mapquest has come a long way, and it’s never been better than it is now that it’s mobile. The Mapquest 4 Mobile iPhone app is free and personalizes your treks by saving searches, giving you turn-by-turn navigation to nearby venues, and offers walking directions as well.
Android apps and iPhone apps for what’s nearby
The iWant Pro iPhone app is a GPS locator of just about anything you need, navigating you to anywhere in your immediate surroundings. Combining recommendations, search and landmarks, iWant Pro gives more contextual detail than other apps, such as movie times and venue reviews. Not a bad deal for 99 cents
Navigate your surroundings with the popular AroundMe iPhone app or Android app (free). AroundMe will navigate you to businesses in your vicinity. Broken down by category, you can filter results further based on their distance to your current GPS location.
Waze is a free mobile app available for iPhone and Android users. With several layer options for your immediate location, you can find nearby venues, avoid police traps, keep track of friends and receive traffic updates. The crowd-sourced contributions for Waze adds context to your mobile navigation.
Android apps and iPhone apps for convenience
For navigation with a purpose, try the It’s On My Way iPhone app. For $2.99 this app could be considered for improving productivity, as it navigates you around town based on a trek’s efficiency. Organize your errand runs based on your GPS location and necessary stops, giving you the best route to save you time and money.
Google Maps has had a recent update that makes it one of the best navigation apps for Android mobile users. The free app now gives turn-by-turn directions for walking, transit or driving, with an option for spoken navigation as well. Search for nearby venues, track traffic and access Google Maps Street View from this app.
Nav Locator is a free app for Android devices that combines your phone’s contact list with turn-by-turn navigation. Select a contact manually or with voice activation and Nav Locator will automatically direct you to that contact’s address. Powered by Google Maps, Nav Locator filters your contacts based on those including a listed address.
The WisePilot Android app (Free) adds a custom touch by tracking your history and letting you add favorites to your navigation locations. Similar to Waze, WisePilot aggregates speed alerts, weather updates and venue details along with its navigation tool. Though it's based in the UK, WisePilot works for U.S. users, even with local search.