What's the best free turn by turn GPS app?

jfleming01

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I am looking for recommendations on the best free GPS navigation app that offers turn-by-turn directions. Any recommendations?
 

Europa

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One of the main differences between Navigon and TomTom and the cheap or free navigation apps is that the cheaper ones use your data connection for maps. If you drop your signal, the maps are gone. GPS is indepent of internet so you'll still see maps and have working turn by turn navigation if you lose your cellular signal and are using Navigon. The downside to this is that Navigon takes up over a GB of space on your phone whereas the free ones are only a few MB. Navigon also has live traffic information and routes you based on traffic conditions.

The free and paid Navigation apps are available the App Store. Why did you put this thread in the Cydia forum?
 

psylichon

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This is true. That said, I've found that by loading up my entire route before leaving at a reasonable zoom level, Mapquest caches it for areas with no coverage. GPS and turn-by-turn remain functional regardless, unless you go into a tunnel or something like that.

I just wish it did traffic, then I wouldn't use Google Maps at all. In Philly, Google's traffic data is pretty accurate.
 

Hondamaker

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I just used, literally just used, Mapquest mobile. It's free, and has voice turn-by-turn and even says the street names! It got me where I was going with no problem, runs in the background and even mutes your music to give directions.
 

psylichon

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Not to harp on about it, but I've been using Mapquest for almost 2 years now, I think, and I can't even really think of any time it's failed me. Rerouting works quickly and effectively. Like any GPS with internet-based map data, performance will vary based on your connection. It's been rock solid for me in the northeast, though.
 

flightmedic

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I use Navigon. I live in a lot of low to no coverage areas. I still can use the GPS because I have the maps loaded onto the phone as Europa noted. It's a large download 1.5GB or something like that, but I have the USA maps, coast to coast.

Jim
 

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I used to use the Mapquest app until it kept repeatedly crashing. Now I use Waze and I haven't looked back. For a free navi app, it's fairly impressive.
 

Saverino

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If mapquest didn't crash, would you still say waze is better? Just curious.
Definitely. I haven't used Mapquest in a bit, but if it's basically the same, yes. Waze seems to be better in terms of appearance and functionality... Oh, and customization. But that's just my opinion, of course.