Need help getting from A to B? Standalone GPS devices are still popular with drivers, but downloading a dedicated app to your phone is an easier, more convenient (and possibly cheaper) option.
Still, the app market is incredibly competitive, and you may find yourself overwhelmed by the huge variety on offer. To help you find the right GPS app, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best choices available today.
TomTom Go Mobile
TomTom’s a top name in the GPS sector, and this app’s a fantastic option.
TomTom Go Mobile provides alerts for traffic updates and speed cameras, and while its freemium model gives you 50 miles’ worth of navigation for free every month, upgrading to the full package costs just £14.99.
Google Maps is a hugely popular option, with plenty of great features and solid reliability. With one of the world’s biggest brands behind it, Google Maps is simple to use and updated regularly.
This GPS app provides complete navigation for one country totally free of charge (or you can buy all of them for £7.49), and is integrated with TripAdvisor and Foursquare. It features a colourful design and plenty of great features.
This GPS app features turn-by-turn voice guidance, live traffic updates, and downloadable maps are ideal for offline use (avoiding signal-related problems). This was originally created by Nokia, but changed hands after a sale to a German consortium (including Audi and BMW), and the app has continued to go from strength to strength.
Waze is a little different, with a community-based structure allowing drivers to share information on real-time traffic changes. This puts a social spin on the GPS app, and allows you to help other drivers avoid time-wasting delays.
InRoute is a smooth GPS app, with helpful features such as the ability to hunt for points of interest within a set distance, making planning fuel top-ups or meal stops easier. Live-updating keeps weather conditions and important information on roads current.
Co-Pilot is a powerful offline app ideal for use on holidays or business trips abroad, where roaming charges can get costly and Wi-Fi is unavailable. Their performance remains dynamic and fast without an internet connection.
Love to take hikes or long bike rides? Komoot is a GPS app designed for people like you, providing turn-by-turn directions offline and detailed information on the terrain around you. You can get your hands on one map for free, but any other regions will cost you. Good directions can be a literal life-saver in the great outdoors, and this has a solid reputation for accuracy.
OsmAnd (or OpenStreetMap Automated Navigation Directions) provides global navigation for free, with vocal hints, points of interest, and the ability to switch between walking, driving, and cycling.
MAPS.ME apparently has more than 50 million users around the world, which is testament to its quality. All maps are available offline, and the complete package is free – a solid deal for anyone.