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    Lightbulb Best turn by turn navigation apps for iPhone?

    What are your favorite ones? Which ones are best and why?
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    Navigon. Stores a full map on the device so you're not dependent on a data signal... and you can use it on a wifi iPad with a BadElf or bluetooth GPS puck too Navigon is closest to the end-user experiences I've had with my Garmin Nuvi765t.
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    Also, give the MapQuest app a try. It is accurate, has turn by turn voice navigation and is free.


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    I'm still partial to the Tom Tom app! It is awesome! But it is expensive. But like I always say..."you get what you pay for"


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    Quote Originally Posted by chobbs1 View Post
    ..."you get what you pay for"
    Indeed you do.
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    Waze


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    +1 for Navigon.
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    I personally like the tomtom app


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    Quote Originally Posted by vietalogy View Post
    Waze


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    Tomtom the best for me. Never had a problem with it, but have with some of the free ones.


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    The Google Navigation that I had on my Android devices was the best I've used for a smartphone and although my vehicle's Garmin GPS system is up-to-date, I use the MapQuest app via my iPhone from time to time. Yet, because quite a few people are complimenting the Waze app, I think I'm going to give it a try.


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    I would definitely consider breaking this down into paid and free apps if you're taking a poll...there can be such a huge price difference that it's really two different categories.
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    MapQuest is pretty good, its a little buggy for me at times so I might venture into the paid category. I wanted to try Navigon, but paying $60+ on an app is a little out of a broke college student's price range lol
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    I have never felt the need to spend money on a turn by turn GPS app; I have used the maps app a bit, and that works for me.

    I have been using the MapQuest free app lately, and it seems perfect for what I need: occasional direction help. Plus, its free...so thats always good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmburke1982 View Post
    I have never felt the need to spend money on a turn by turn GPS app; I have used the maps app a bit, and that works for me.

    I have been using the MapQuest free app lately, and it seems perfect for what I need: occasional direction help. Plus, its free...so thats always good!
    Like you, it is not practical to purchase a navigation app for my usage especially being that I have an updated dedicated GPS device in my vehicle. Every now and then I'll forgo using it for the MapQuest app and have been completely satisfied with it, but today, I downloaded the Waze app just to check it out. At first glance, it's appealing. I didn't create an account or anything like that with it, but I'll drive around a little later to see how it is.


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    JustMe'D...I have seen that app a number of times while browsing the marketplace, but I have always been turned off by it because of it being a "social app". I'm curious to hear if you like it or not, and how "social" it actually is. It looks like it has some good benefits and features.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmburke1982 View Post
    JustMe'D...I have seen that app a number of times while browsing the marketplace, but I have always been turned off by it because of it being a "social app". I'm curious to hear if you like it or not, and how "social" it actually is. It looks like it has some good benefits and features.
    Like you, I was skeptical of using Waze because of its social aspect, but it is indeed a very good and accurate navigational app. I didn't like how it displayed nearby Waze users even though the ones I've noticed were labeled 'anonymous', but its settings are very customizable and I was able to disable that feature and others I didn't care for. I found Waze to be simple to use, elegant, accurate and customizable and furthermore, I see why so many people like it. It's definitely a keeper, in my opinion.


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    Shouldn't this also be separated between Navigation apps that use data (so if you are using it for example, on vacation in a foreign country, your roaming data fees could kill you), and dedicated Navigation apps that use the GPS chip inside the iPhone (and therefore do not use any data).

    I have an old ipaq with a dedicated GPS chip and I use iGuidance software that loads up the maps into the ipaq. It is an old device, but when I go on vacation, I use it in the rental car for turn by turn spoken navigation and I do not pay any data fees, just the 1x purchase price. A friend of mine used his iPhone and maps to get from the airport to his hotel and his data fees were through the roof.
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    Those concerns should be taken into account by the needs of the end user, caveat emptor.

    Navigon is the best of both worlds on an iPhone... you don't need data unless you subscribe to traffic services... you're not using data to fetch maps, because you choose what maps are on the device, and saved - while on wifi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by birdman325 View Post
    Shouldn't this also be separated between Navigation apps that use data (so if you are using it for example, on vacation in a foreign country, your roaming data fees could kill you), and dedicated Navigation apps that use the GPS chip inside the iPhone (and therefore do not use any data).

    I have an old ipaq with a dedicated GPS chip and I use iGuidance software that loads up the maps into the ipaq. It is an old device, but when I go on vacation, I use it in the rental car for turn by turn spoken navigation and I do not pay any data fees, just the 1x purchase price. A friend of mine used his iPhone and maps to get from the airport to his hotel and his data fees were through the roof.
    No, because the OP asked which navigation apps do we use and what is our favorites and why? Just offer to differentiate between those that uses data and those that do not.


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    Thank you guys. Seems like a lot of you prefer Navigon. I haven't checked out the free MapQuest app either so I'll check that! Thanks!!


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    One annoying thing about Navigon is that you need to redownload maps and restore extras anytime you restore your device. But it works well for me.
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    Default Best Navigation app MotionX GPS Drive

    Check out MotionX GPS Drive. Works great. You can try it for free for a month. After 30 days it will still work but you lose the turn by turn voice guidance. A 1 year voice package is often on sale for $9.99. I actually prefer downloading maps because you constantly have the newest maps at no extra cost. If you are concerned about data cost downloading maps you can pre-load maps for your trip using WiFi.
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    I use Waze, which seems to be the most accurate as far as updated maps. I also have used Mapquest, which is pretty decent too.
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    Just used Navigon on my iPad on my annual visit to the departed relatives tour... worked like a charm. Every bit as good as good an experience as using my Garmin Nuvi765T.
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