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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.

Honorable Mention — Waze

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Welcome to Chicagoland
As I stated last year, Waze is part game, and part serious navigation app. Though it got its start in the Android world, it got noticed and made the jump to iOS. Since the Apple Maps debacle, it's become very popular with iOS users too. Waze enlists you, the user, to help validate its on-demand maps. In return for using the application and "road munching"-— gobbling up dots on unvalidated roads Pac Man style — you earn game points you can track. Waze takes the validation data and uses it to confirm that its cartography data is accurate. Users also get points for reporting accidents, speed traps, police cruiser locations, and other road happenings.

Although Waze does provide turn-by-turn navigation, and does a good job of getting you from point A to point B, the road-munching game gets to be a little tiresome after the novelty wears off. Also, for an app that displays a distracted-use warning on first startup, Waze requires way too much interaction from the driver during use. For serious or ongoing navigation needs, you should look elsewhere — unless you rely on a passenger to assist you with your driving.

Click here for Waze on iTunes
Price: Free
App Type: Maps on Demand

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Waze depends on users reporting in events to improve map quality

Next Page: Honorable Mention — Nokia HERE Maps

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