Top Map & Navigation App Alternatives to Apple Maps

October 1, 2012

If you want more than what Apple’s Maps app has to offer, then check out our list of the best mapping and navigation apps to get you from A to B. Here you’ll find everything from free online map apps to full-featured GPS navigational apps to offline maps. Let us know which you like best on our comments section. 

Google Maps - for iPhone

  • Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps
  • Built in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more
  • Discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play with ratings and reviews
  • See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide
View on iTunes

MapQuest - for iPhone

  • Free voice-guided, turn-by-turn GPS navigation
  • Search for restuarants and other popular places
  • Live traffic updates every 5 minutes and see what it looks like with Live Traffic Cams
  • Walking and driving directions
View on iTunes

Garmin U.S.A. - for iPhone

  • Get the best in GPS navigation with Garmin
  • Includes Garmin’s exclusive photoReal images of complex junctions
  • Rich mapping detailed with 3D buildings, landmarks and lane guidance
  • Speed/red light camera alerts and more
View on iTunes

OffMaps 2 - for iPhone & iPad

  • Save on roaming charges and browse a full featured offline map on your device
  • Maps rendered from OpenStreetMap data, reducing file size while improving display quality
  • Provides public transport overlays
  • Discover nearby Wikipedia articles
View on iTunes

Bing - for iPhone

  • Bing for your iPhone helps you make decisions and get where you need to be
  • Search maps or the web with your voice
  • Get walking, transit and driving directions with current traffic conditions
  • Access Bing’s vast database of businesses and locations
View on iTunes

MapsWithMe Pro - for iPhone & iPad

  • Offers the quickest downloads of offline maps
  • Maps of all the countries of the world
  • Detailed offline search with GPS positioning
  • Search by categories such as food, sights, shops and transport
View on iTunes

Maps+ - for iPhone & iPad

  • Browse Google’s online maps and get online route directions with alternatives
  • Use location-based alarms to remind yourself of tasks that are location specific
  • Record and edit GPS tracks
  • Scan the map for Tweets near you
View on iTunes

City Maps 2Go - for iPhone & iPad

  • Maps and content available 100% offline
  • Easily spot your location with passive GPS
  • Find thousands of points of interest
  • Add or bookmark your favorite places
  • Free download of 7,800 maps worldwide
View on iTunes

Waze social GPS traffic & gas - for iPhone & iPad

  • A community-based traffic and navigation app
  • Real-time traffic and road alerts generated by the community
  • Find the cheapest gas on your route
  • Live maps constantly updated by Waze community map editors
View on iTunes

CoPilot Live Premium USA - for iPhone

  • A complete dedicated GPS navigation system that seamlessly integrates with your iPhone
  • Detailed street maps of the US with Canada maps available as an in-app purchase
  • Maps are stored on your device for offline viewing
  • Voice-guided directions and choose from up to 3 alternative routes for your destination
View on iTunes

MotionX GPS Drive - for iPhone & iPad

  • Get up-to-date maps with voice-guided directions for a subscription of $9.99 per year
  • Live traffic maps and automatic rerouting
  • Public transportation and walk directions
  • Includes parking spot marker and ability to search Wikipedia
  • Post to Facebook and Twitter
View on iTunes

Best Travel Offline Maps and Guides - for iPhone

  • Maps work completely offline with unlimited map downloads
  • Includes millions of points of interests
  • Over 700 Wikitravel Travel Guides for cities worldwide
  • Includes 20 phrasebooks
View on iTunes

NAVIGON USA - for iPhone & iPad

  • Turn your device into a fully functional mobile navigation system
  • Voice-guided direction with offline support
  • 2D and 3D map display
  • Google local search
View on iTunes

North America - iGO primo app - for iPhone & iPad

  • Maps powered by the tried and trusted iGo Engine used in millions of GPS navigation devices
  • Maps are part of the app, no roaming fees and no need for cellular network coverage
  • Fast, short, easy-to-follow and green routes
  • Realistic, 3D junctions
  • Google local search
View on iTunes

GPS by TeleNav - for iPhone & iPad

  • Full-featured version of Telenav with turn-by-turn directions
  • Search millions of new places, including cheapest gas nearby
  • Always have updated maps for free
  • In-app purchase of $2.99 per month or $9.99 per year provides voice navigation, automatic rerouting and more
View on iTunes

Magellan RoadMate USA - for iPhone

  • Magellan RoadMate navigation with voice guided directions
  • 1-year subscription for $9.99 or one lifetime subscription for $24.99
  • Receive real-time red light and fixed speed camera alerts
  • Includes Yelp information and Google Local Search
  • Lifetime Maps and Lifetime Traffic
View on iTunes


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