The iPhone’s advanced GPS capabilities make it an awesome companion for getting from A to B. There are tons of apps that provide advanced interfaces and turn-by-turn directions exactly like you’d find on a dedicated GPS device.
Below we’ll take a look at fifteen of the best navigation apps we could find for the road, the trails and even the air! Note that several navigation apps require subscription but we did our homework and tried to provide subscription information where appropriate.
The apps below are mostly for the U.S. but several have identical versions for other countries.
“AT&T Navigator transforms your iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4 into a voice-guided navigation system with turn-by-turn driving directions. (AT&T Navigator is currently not supported on the iPad.) A subscription charge will appear on your AT&T wireless bill. You can choose between monthly or annual subscription options.”
Subscription: $9.99/month or $69.99/year
“MotionX-GPS Drive turns your iPhone into the next-generation car and pedestrian navigation solution. MotionX introduces new features not yet seen on mobile devices, including “door-to-door” personal navigation tools, user interface innovations that greatly simplify the navigation experience, and integration of live search capabilities.”
Subscription: Includes 30 Days of Live Voice Guidance ($24.99/year)
“Waze – A social driving and navigation app that connects you to other drivers in order to get all the real-time road information you need…every time you get into the car! Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter integrations.”
“Get the TomTom navigation app and have smart, easy-to-use, turn-by-turn navigation on your iPhone or iPod touch, whenever and wherever you need it. Seamless navigation while calling, new, updated maps, background navigation instructions, and route sharing.”
Subscription: None (pay for Map updates)
“Where To? makes it incredibly easy to locate the closest steakhouse, bank branch, billiard club or anything else you may be looking for, at the drop of a hat! Think of it as a traditional GPS device built right into your iPhone. Includes more than 700 customizable categories and 2,200 brands, allowing you to find whatever you want without any typing.”
“iGO My way 2009 for the iPhone offers a trendy and entertaining navigation solution at your hands. The software can be easily learned even by first-time users, who have never tried GPS navigation before. On the other hand it offers a rich and valuable set of features and functions that most users demand. Numerous smart functions take individual needs into consideration, helping the driver to use the software more quickly and effectively.”
Subscription: None (free map updates until December 2010)
“Skobbler is the first TRULY free voice-assisted turn-by-turn navigator to offer true street level navigation like those overpriced giant GPS company apps you have been eyeing but don’t want to shell out the hard cash for. Oh you have heard the *FREE* story before and then been caught by an in-app purchase that made you upgrade to keep using it or the need to subscribe after 30 days? Not Skobbler. Skobbler is free. No in-app purchase, no subscription. ”
“Based on the foundation from a brand you know and trust, MapQuest Navigator sets the standard for voice-guided personal navigation on the iPhone. We’ve taken the most useful features for navigation and packed them into a simple, intuitive application that makes getting to your destinations as easy as possible.”
Subscription: 30 days for $3.99, 90 days for $9.99, or 365 days for $29.99
“With the NAVIGON MobileNavigator you can transform your iPhone into a fully functional mobile navigation system that is every bit as good as the multi-award-winning personal navigation devices from NAVIGON in terms of its user-friendliness and features.”
“Find your way simply and easily behind the wheel with turn-by-turn visual and voice-guided GPS navigation. Enjoy the latest NAVTEQ maps and integrated real-time traffic conditions monitoring for the most convenient timesaving routes. Find nearby restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, hotels, hospitals, theaters, plus millions of updated points of interest (POI) – all powered by Yahoo! Local search.”
Subscription: $4.99 per month or $32.99 per year
“CoPilot Live is one of the most highly acclaimed mobile GPS navigation apps available, widely recognized by the experts as the best blend of features and performance for an amazing price. With complete, detailed street maps of the U.S. and Canada stored on-board your iPhone, not downloaded each trip, there’s no need to rely on your mobile service for navigation or risk running up expensive roaming and data charges. ”
Subscription: None for maps, required for traffic (free monthly map improvement downloads directly to your iPhone and free quarterly full map updates through December 2010 )
“With Magellan’s Premium Car Kit with built-in GPS receiver (sold separately), transform your iPhone and even iPod touch into turn-by-turn GPS navigator with spoken street names. The Magellan RoadMate App for iPhone and iPod touch uses the same easy-to-use interface as our dedicated personal navigation devices. Best of all, the Magellan App is a one-time purchase with no subscription or monthly fees.”
“Sygic Mobile Maps is the most complete turn-by-turn, voice guided navigation software for your iPhone. All maps of US from Tele Atlas are with you on your phone. Text-to-speech tells you the name of the next street so you can fully focus on the road. Speed camera crowd-sourcing protects your wallet.”
“Backpacker’s GPS Trails iPhone app doubles as a portable trip database and personal navigation device for your outdoor lifestyle: hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, trail running, mountaineering, or for just basic trail navigation. Locate trips: Search by name or park, or select from trails near your current location—more than 3,500 Backpacker-endorsed adventures across North America.”
“Air Navigation is a real-time aircraft navigation application with integrated flight planning. Using the GPS receiver (integrated or external) and accelerometers of the iPhone it can emulate different types of real IFR or VFR aircraft navigation instruments. Using the navigation plan editor, you can prepare and store navigation plans and use them in the cockpit with the moving map. Using the flight recorder, you can store your flight path and altitude and display it in Google Earth.”
No matter how bad you are with directions, the fifteen apps should definitely be enough to get you to wherever you happen to be going.
Leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite GPS app is and why. Also be sure to give your opinion of any of the apps above that you’ve tried!