Best Apps: Navigation

navigationUsing location information from your iPhone's built-in GPS, Navigation apps can tell you where things, people, and places are located and how to best get to them. These apps help you find your way, whether you're traveling across town or around the country. There are apps that help hikers and mountain bikers retrace past trips or follow in other's footsteps. You'll even find apps that will let you mark your parking spot at the Mall and help you find your car at the end of the day.

Best of the Best

CoPilot Live North America

($19.99, iPad version available, has full spoken, turn-by-turn directions and useful real-time information.

Mobile Maps North America ($39.99, is a very complete turn-by-turn, voice guided navigation app.

MotionX GPS ($2.99, See your position and track yourself anywhere in the world on fast, live MotionX open topographic and road maps—great for recording your hikes.

NAVIGON ($59.99, turns your iOS Device into a fully functional mobile navigation system that is every bit as good as the multi-award-winning personal navigation devices from NAVIGON.

Navigation for North America - iGo My Way ($43.99, guides you to any address in the United States and Canada with the help of outstanding 3D graphics, clear visual cues, and precise voice instructions.

Taxi Apps

Dad's Taxi ($0.99; free version available, allows your children (or anybody in fact) to easily obtain their location information and sent it to you by email and text. It's very useful when trying to meet someone or getting a ride.

Miller Lite TaxiFinder (Free; uses your GPS coordinates to locate your position on a map and then shows you the nearest taxi company.

Taxi Magic(Free;  the first online taxi booking service that is directly integrated into taxi dispatch systems, so no phone call is needed.

Communter Apps

Trapster (Free, alerts you as you approach speed traps, red lights, speed cameras, police checkpoints, accidents, and other roadway hazards.

Gas Buddy (2.99, Look up the nearest gas stations and compare prices.

PrimoSpot Parking ($2.99, helps you find parking in garages and on the street in Boston and NYC—it even includes bike rack locations.

Maps (Free, Included) Yes, it's included, but that doesn't change the fact that it's one of the best! You can get directions for driving, walking, and public transportation.

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