The best free sat nav apps you should be using | What Car?



Doug Revolta runs us through the best sat nav apps for your phone right now to help you get from A to B.

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  1. You shouldn't be touching the phone while driving, that can get you 6 points!

  2. A few criticisms i would give googlemaps, possibly includes many other satnav apps, is they dont shy away from giving you right turns onto busy roads with no traffic lights to give you any kind of priority, leaving you at the mercy of the traffic on the road your joining.
    one other thing was one of the other apps tilted down so i could see my route farther ahead of myself, plus it skews perspective so i could still make out the road layout in my nearer vicinity. Googles feels a bit too flat by comparison and often miss turns because i couldnt see it coming up on the screen until it was too late to get in lane or anything.
    lastly dunno why google maps tends to avoid navigating you down 1 way roads, like these roads dont even exist sometimes and it instead navigates you a very long route to what is essentially you trying to reach a road running parallel to you.
    Lastly editing your journey is a pain, there should be a clear option besides ‘end navigation’, because 50/50 odds are it will completely wipe the journey and you have to rewrite your journey from scratch, instead of simply editing it from what you already had.
    they definately could do with some fine tuning here and there.

  3. Is anything like app or sat nav device can ( show me which line in roundabout I use ) ?!!!!

  4. TomTom is better becasue the others don't correct that well on ios but Tomtom can.

  5. My favorite navigation app is Tom Tom. Very clear maps with very precise real time traffic information. I tried google maps, waze, sygic and others but I always return to Tom Tom.

  6. You're very inexperienced with Nav apps. No internet connection- no Google or Waze. Downloaded mapping apps like Sygic which collects from Google, Waze and Garmin provides double the functionality without sucking down data for hours.

  7. Google and Waze are online only and are good if you have a signal and the data allowance to use it.
    Sygic used to be the best and most intuitive offline mapping available, so I bought it. Hooray!
    Then they "improved" it…………… Boo!
    It is now much more difficult to use, utterly unintuitive and generates some very weird route selections. Meh!
    Osmand to the rescue………………………………

  8. Here Maps is just horrible. Mazda uses it for their in-car GPS system. The first destination upon buying my (new, unused) car already got my hotel wrong, even though it has been at its current location for years. Tried to send a correction report, but their website is an even bigger disaster. I don't want anything to do with Here ever since.

    For me, Waze and Google Maps share the first position, but they are far from perfect:
    I like Waze, but it's a disaster to contribute to their Map Editor and some road reports about road closures will just disappear before you know it (even though setting it to "several days").

    Google Maps was great in the days that MapMaker was live. Now, it's hard to update, since it requires intervention from Google staff and they don't always up-t-date information. I love the GPS for simplicity and lane assist. If only we could implement the Waze road reports into G Maps. (Which shouldn't be too hard, since Google owns Waze.) Even though Google Maps integrates some road incidents from Waze, it often takes time to be updated.

  9. I currently use waze and I love it but can anyone tell me is there a sat nav app that has lane assist.

  10. Definitely agree!! Waze is by FAR the best free sat-nav app. Use it all the time, everyday. Superb up to the minute traffic info.

  11. Main problem with this article – most will be offline especially for long journeys which instantly rules out google maps due to their offline map update time limits.

  12. for me Waze it's not so good, because u can not put the exact spot on the map where you want to go, and other minor things.

  13. How can the review call the navigations free if they use up your mobile data? In a couple of months time, you´ll end up paying more than let´s say for a Sygic license! I´ve tried them all and ended up with Sygic 6 years ago. Didn´t regret it for a single moment and that having said, I´ve used it acroos whole of Europe.

  14. Any voice commands ? I didn't hear any, and with Waze are maps built in or you need to be using data ? and how quick are they to recalculate route if you choose to go a different way to directed. ?

  15. Google bought Waze a few years ago… Therefore all Google maps traffic is found from Waze users – along with any accident reports

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