iPhone Life magazine

Best Navigation Apps


Best of the Best

#1 MotionX GPS Drive


($.99, app2.me/249; iPad version: 


app2.me/4034)

MotionX GPSFeatures such as live search, door-to-door navigation tools, and frequently updated maps make this GPS app a fantastic buy. Live voice navigation will cost you an extra $19.99 a year.



2. GPS by Telenav


(Free, app2.me/4035) 


GPS by Telenav3D maps with live traffic flow, turn-by-turn directions with manual rerouting, local search, cheap gas price finder, and more. Voice-guided 
navigation costs an extra $9.99 a year.


3. Waze GPS & traffic


(Free, app2.me/156)

Waze GPS and TrafficTake advantage of real-time road reports from drivers nearby to save time and improve your everyday driving. You're contributing data automatically while you use the app. 



Best Free

1. Waze GPS & traffic

(See "Best of the Best" above)


2. Sigalert.com


(Free, app2.me/4039) 


Sigalert.comPerfect for avoiding traffic. Get real-time road speeds, traffic reports from the country's top traffic company, and the largest network of roadside traffic cameras in the U.S.


3. Trapster speed trap alerts


(Free, app2.me/3179) 


Trapster speed trap alertsThis app alerts you as you approach speed traps and speed cameras. Submit the location of a speed trap in your area to contribute to the database. 


Made for iPad


1. WingX Pro7 


($.99, app2.me/4036) 


WingX Pro 7This aviation app has an 
impressive amount of 
features, including moving maps, charts, and weather information. It requires a $99.95 yearly subscription, with Synthetic Vision requiring an additional subscription.

2. Tide Graph HD


($1.99, app2.me/4037) 


Tide Graph HDGet harmonic predictions from thousands of US coastal stations presented in a fun and interactive graph. The intuitive graph also shows sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, and moon phase graphics.


3. Free HD Compass


(Free, app2.me/4038) 


Free HD CompassA simple, elegant, and rustic compass for your iPad. More accurate than the Google Maps compass feature, but you have to hold the iPad completely horizontal.

Public Transportation

1. iTrans NYC Subway


($3.99, app2.me/4040) 


iTrans NYC SubwayThis NYC subway app has timetables, offline service advisories, and walking directions for the MTA New York City subway. A nice companion to your free Maps app.

2. NextTrain DC Metro


($.99, app2.me/4041)


NextTrain DC MetroNextTrain DC Metro tells Washington DC metro train riders how many minutes are left until the next train comes. Also includes a free Augmented Reality feature.

3. Pocket MBTA


($.99, app2.me/4042)

Pocket MBTASupports all lines of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA). Get arrival times based on actual vehicle locations, find the 
closest bus and subway stop, and more.



Did you know?


4.3 million people ride the NYC subway 
system every day. Your city probably doesn't have this much traffic, but nevertheless, there are plenty of apps that will help make your daily commute a breeze (like the ones we've narrowed down here).