While Google Maps is still far and away the best maps app in this humble iPhone user’s eyes, I can still fully understand why some might look for an alternative, especially after the most recent update. That aside, there are certain things that other apps do better than Google Maps. There is no denying its power as a navigation app, but when it comes down to local areas and up to the minute information, it’s perhaps best to look elsewhere. Fortunately, there are a range of excellent maps and navigation apps currently available for the iPhone, from those that are cheap (free) and cheerful to those that are much more professional and cost a fair price! We recent downloaded most of the maps apps we could get our hands on and took to the streets in order to test them out. The results ranged quite wildly, from those that did an excellent job no matter varying things like traffic and weather, to those who really had no hope from the outset. Check out our list of Google Maps alternatives for the iPhone below and then feel free to suggest your own in the comments section below!
8. Apple Maps (Free)
Apple’s default maps app has been improved to at least some kind of acceptable standard recently, but there was a time after the disastrous iOS 6 update in particular that even those who were content using Apple’s built in navigation tool were forced to look elsewhere. As such, while the Maps app is probably the last on the list when people are searching around for a viable Google Maps Alternative, we used the latest version having sword off it around the time of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 and were pleasantly surprised by the innovative updates and generally more reliable app that iPhone users can now take advantage of as default.
7. Scout (Free)
There’s really not much to say about the Scout app, other than the fact that it is certainly one of the most elegant and well designed navigation apps out there. It is also one of the few apps to rival Google Maps that actually offers true pedestrian navigation, which is of course perfect when you are looking for a specific location while on foot. – Download from iTunes
6. Navmii (Free)
Navmii is another nice free alternative to Google Maps, and is notable as not only a GPS app but also a voice guided one, and among the only ones currently offered on the App Store that are free for users to download and use. There is also free real time traffic and road information, which is perhaps one of the reasons why Navmii has managed to amass a current userbase of around 20 million people in such a short space of time. – Download from iTunes
5. Navigon ($49.99)
So, I think it’s worth looking at some of the more expensive alternatives for true GPS maps that work offline or without the need for a 3G connection in order to access. One of the most popular of these is Navigon, which will cost you at least $50 and as such is one of the most expensive apps currently listed on the App Store. It is however a fully fledged turn by turn GPS app, meaning that you get at least some of what you’re paying for! The app is very similar to the software found in the dedicated GPS units that people these days use in their cars, the only difference is that you will be accessing it through your iPhone rather than buying third party hardware. While this may be convenient for some, and you can almost justify the huge price in that manner, it does mean you will probably need some kind of iPhone holder for your dashboard if you are to take full advantage of what this app has to offer. – Download from iTunes
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