Navigation Apps

From map apps to GPS trackers, with the right navigation apps you can get as lost as you want! For a list of our favorites, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks of the Best Navigations Apps for iPhone and iPad, or read on for breaking news and recent reviews of iOS navigation applications.


Unidentified Bogies Appear on Earthcomber's Personal Radar

Earthcomber, the developer of Earthcomber the app, aims to provide iPhone users with a "personal radar," which they can use to find their favorite things nearby — people and places, mainly.

Google Maps Update Makes a Traveler's Delight

Google Maps was already one of the strongest built-in apps on the iPhone. But with the 2.2 software update the addition of Street View and the ability to get public transit information make this almost a necessity for traveling or getting around a major city.

CoffeeBreak Finds Caffeine for Less Than the Cost of a Cuppa Joe

CoffeeBreak Finds Caffeine for Less Than the Cost of a Cuppa Joe

If you’ve ever considered running out into the street screaming because you can’t find a decent cuppa joe, you may be in for a treat. CoffeeBreak is a lifestyle application that helps you stay completely caffeinated by using the GPS or WiFi of your phone to locate your favorite java joint and tell you which ones are nearby.

Rocket Taxi Simple to Use, But Not Exactly Rocket Speed

Rocket Taxi Simple to Use, But Not Exactly Rocket Speed

Edovia, Inc. has just re-released their Rocket Taxi to the App Store. Rocket Taxi is a navigation app that uses GPS or WIFI to pin point your location and provide you with a list of taxi services in your area.

Zhiing Your Location to Anyone, Anytime

Zhiing combines the power of GPS and text messaging in an effort to bring you the ultimate location application.
Zhiing allows users to send a text message or “Zhiing” from their handset or desktop computers with their exact location to someone else.

Brightkite Enters the iPhone Geo-Location Market

Brightkite Enters the iPhone Geo-Location Market

Gone are the days when you need to enter a local chat room to meet new friends or have to send a text message to find your current crew. Geo-location applications like Moximity, Loopt, and Twinkle are sprouting up at a feverish pitch.

Buy Google Earth on the App Store

Google Earth: A Free Trip Around the World on iPhone, iPod Touch

As of last night the ultimate interactive map and the ultimate interactive phone are now linked. Google Earth is available as a free download for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Having Google Earth at your fingertips anytime, anywhere is cool enough.

Buy AroundMe on the App Store

AroundMe Shows Results With Minimum Fuss

AroundMe is another app designed to make use of iPhone's GPS to locate nearby services, similar to Where To or I Want.

What's nice about AroundMe is that it does so without the fuss of other programs. Unlike other apps that offer up a bunch of subcategories so users can drill down to the "most accurate" results, AroundMe's minimalist display is like finding Location Nirvana.

Buy Trapster - Speed Traps & Road Hazards, Real Time Traffic, Driving app on the App Store

Trapster is a Good Idea, Not Quite Ready For Prime Time

Trapster is a useful iPhone application that warns you when you're getting close to police speed traps, red light cameras, and other traffic-related traps.

Buy Take Me To My Car on the App Store

Take Me To My Car: Great Concept, Bad Execution

The idea of "Take Me to My Car" is great: record your GPS location, go somewhere, and get a map back to where you started. In practice, however, the Free App by independent developer Eldar Sadikov falls short of this promise.

Buy Where To? - Discover your next destination using GPS on the App Store

Where To Leads Straight to Google Maps for Quick, Easy Navigation

Where To is a nice front end intended to make your iPhone or iPod Touch act more like a portable GPS such as the TomTom or Magellan. It's basically a slick user interface for the Google Maps function already built into the iPhone. But underneath this simple explanation Where To is an awesome time-saving adventure starter.

EarthScape - A Second Look at "Google Earth for the iPhone" - Now FREE

Note: This post is an update of an earlier post where we were a little too harsh on the app. Also, in the interim, Earthscape has reduced its price to Free (with the "for a limited time only" caveat).

Aye Tides Launches Overpriced Tide App

Based on the desktop mac application "Mr Tides", Aye Tides is a new app for iPhone that gives you tide measurements for 7000 tide stations worldwide. The app works, but given its steep price tag ($14.99), we can't find any reason to recommend it over the free (but somewhat buggy) "Tides" app.

"Where" tries to do too much, fails completely

Where, by Boston based "uLocate" is an example of a company trying to do too much in an iPhone application, and failing miserably. Clearly, "uLocate" is the kind of ambitious big company that felt that it had to "own" the mobile space, and by doing so had to create the ultimate app combining every type of local information available from locations of StarBucks outlets, to comparison shopping for unleaded gas, concerts and even star charts (of the astronomical kind).