Best of the Best
#1 MotionX GPS Drive
($.99, app2.me/249; iPad version:
Features 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
3D 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
Take 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.
1. Waze GPS & traffic
(See "Best of the Best" above)
Perfect 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
This 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
This 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
Get 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
A 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.
1. iTrans NYC Subway
This 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
NextTrain 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
Supports 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).