Developer: Fullpower Technologies, Inc.
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
GPS navigation systems are expensive and have become more of a commodity than an essential tool for driving. However, that's not to say drivers don't need them from time to time. And if they do, MotionX GPS Drive is the one they want.
Developed specifically for the iPhone, the navigation app turns the handset into more than just a point A to point B system. It turns it into a "Hey, what else is out there and I'd like to be told when I'm at the doorstep…" feature rich navigation master.When MotionX GPS Drive is launched the user is prompted to agree with the end user license agreement, similar to any GPS device, stating that the app should not be configured while driving. Phew, glad the legal jargon is out of the way. Now, onto the good stuff. Oh wait, there is another prompt. This time asking to be added to MotionX's database just incase there is a device change.
Now? Nope, there is then another prompt to download live voice guidance with spoken street names. The download is free for the first 30 days and at the end of the service there is no automatic charge.
Beyond the prompts there is a beautiful layout of navigation functions that make traveling near and far a breeze. Quick POI's (point of interest) such as dinning, airport, medical and more are easily accessible on the front screen and are situated around a sleek black colored interface. One tap and search results bring up the closest POI for that specific category.
One of the most useful features is the map view option that overlays the search results with the surrounding area and shows which direction the user is pointed in. It even has a Facebook Checkin shortcut, which came in handy several times.
Along with the normal find this place and go to it function is a bonus music option that allows the MotionX GPS Drive app to pull up the iTunes music library for some background traveling tunes. Very useful. Another bonus feature is an actual magnetic compass for exploring latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, heading and strength of the GPS signal. It also includes save this, email or save as a parking spot quick keys.
MotionX GPS Drive is probably more feature packed than some of the top of the line GPS navigation systems and it beats them in function, not to mention price by $200. These reasons combined with live traffic flow maps and multi-stop routing make it the only GPS system required for driving or walking.