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Top GPS Apps for the iPhone - 2013 Edition

Apple Maps just doesn't cut it for everyone, so there is a rich market of GPS alternatives for the iPhone. Many are good. In this review we test Google Maps for iOS, Navigon USA, Gokivo, MapQuest, Scout, Nokia HERE Maps, Waze and even Apple Maps.


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Scout is a Telenav app. Telenav, as you may recall, is one of the best veteran GPS navigation vendors out there. Many carrier-branded, subscription-based Map on Demand apps have been Telenav powered. You may have used one. I did while with AT&T for more than a couple years.

Scout is a decent navigation app. Its routing is accurate and its voice prompts come at just the right distances to make you aware of pending direction changes. As you can see from its screen shots, the interface is clean and well organized. Its concentrations on navigation via local search plays well with what it was named to do – scout out the local area and help you find your way to the places you're looking for.

While its navigation is good, its 2D display is better than its 3D, in my opinion. I had trouble discerning the two from one another. The version I pulled out of the App Store also wasn't optimized for iPhone 5 or its bigger screen, though that was changed with an update released in January of 2013. Scout also doesn't provide walking or transit directions or display speed limit signs.

However, I was very pleased with the way it handled the navigation tasks I gave it. It was able to find the destinations I was looking for via its local search functions and then got to those destinations without a hitch.

The app is free and provides all services for free in a Maps on Demand presentation. If you want better mapping performance or know you're going to be in an area where a reliable mobile broadband connection may not be available, it does support Maps-on-Board via a $24.99 annual subscription to Scout Plus.

Click here for Scout (US) on iTunes
Click here for Scout (Europe) on iTunes
Price: Free, Scout Plus - $24.99 in-app map subscription
App Type: Hybrid

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Downloadable maps

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User Rank: Apprentice
8/23/2015 | 11:50:28 AM
I use iArrow
A simple and very effective GPS app. Sometimes you just want to have a nice big arrow telling you where to go. This app does that perfectly.  Very simple and clean interface but doing a lot of things. I recommend.
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11/20/2014 | 2:18:15 AM
Spyglass is also a handy app when it comes to finding way to a previously assigned location, measuring distance, angles or object size, tracking positions of stars, the sun and the moon, getting detailed GPS data, using nautical or military navigation and performing an impressive list of navigation, tracking and mapping tasks.
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