If you are a driver of a certain age you probably remember an emergency road atlas, printed directions, and the days of watching the odometer like a hawk to track the miles until your next exit to help guide you. Now, computerized NAV is available on nearly every single car and mobile phone. While nearly all navigation apps provide the same basic info, how and what information they present can vary greatly. With so many apps available to select from, how can anyone know which is the best navigation app for you? We have decided on our top 3 suggestions are Google Maps vs. Waze vs. Apple Maps. CarPlay® may feel like the leader because it is an option in so many new cars, but Google Maps and Waze have their own unique benefits.
Waze was the first to use some sort of user-generated traffic data, though other NAV applications now use the data as well.
The most robust map app in this comparison is Google Maps since all of the data comes from the massive Google search engine.
Thanks to the CarPlay® integration with many brand-new cars, Apple Maps might be the most prevalent navigation app available today. The one minor flaw of Apple Maps is that you need an iOS device to use it.
It shouldn't be a shock, but the best Navigation Application depends on what you need. If you get lost easily, you can use the Look Around option on Apple Maps. If you use NAV for your next big cycling road trip, Google Maps has you covered. But, if you just need to get somewhere in the fastest time possible, then Waze is your only choice. Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze all have standout features and you truly can not go wrong with any of them.
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