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The best GPS apps for iPhone

28 Dec 2015 App Lists
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Whether you're an avid hiker or you are planning an ambitious road trip, you will definitely want to make use of a GPS app on your iPhone in order to plan your route and orientate yourself if you should happen to get lost. The following is a list of the best GPS apps for the iPhone with many features, functions and capabilities. 


gps4cam is an awesome utility that enables you to add location tags to your images with the use of clever barcode functionality. When you start using this app or you have to do is tap the Start Trip button and select the intervals at which you would like your location to be logged, and you will then be able to see all of your tagged locations pinned onto a map so that they can be attached to your photographs with ease. You will also be able to share your pictures on websites such as Flickr, Picasa, and Panoramio.

  • “Start Trip” function automatically tags your photos on any location
  • Extensive localization function
  • Convenient for frequent travellers
  • Automatic export of images
  • Comes with a desktop app

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From geotagged photos to simple geotagging of locations you've been to, GPS memo is a wonderfully intelligent app that enables you to save the locations you have been to in order to more easily find them later. If you find yourself visiting secure or secluded locations and having trouble getting back to your car, campsite, or some other home base then you will definitely want to check out this handy tool. This app provides support for Imperial and metric units of measurement, as well as providing full support for augmented reality for locations around you.

  • Saves your favorite locations
  • Attach notes on your map
  • Includes worldwide compass
  • Automatic backup of data
  • “Augmented Reality” enabled 

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SKI TRACKS - GPS TRACK RECORDER is a tracking app designed for skiers who are looking to get the most out of their iPhone battery life, with the ability to record for up to 14 consecutive hours. This app offers amazing animated previews of routes in Maps and Google Earth, and it tracks all of your roots without the need for a phone signal or the use of any cellular data. SKI TRACKS is definitely one for all you experienced ski junkies out there.

  • Track your ski routes with ease
  • Records for up to 14 hours
  • Share your tracks on Facebook and Google Earth
  • View animated previews of your routes
  • Supports metric and imperial units of measurement

What we have here is an excellent app for those of you who spend a lot of time on the road or who may be planning a long-distance road trip. You'll be able to record your total mileage in order to monitor your expenses and even claim back the relevant amounts on your tax returns where relevant. This app also doubles up as a very helpful and navigational toll as it helps you to find postal addresses with the use of GPS.

  • Tracks total mileage during your drives
  • Can be used for filling out IRS tax returns
  • Saves receipt either on Mac or in the cloud
  • Finds postal addresses via GPS
  • Calculates fuel for the whole trip

Speaking of navigational tools, we have the awesome Sygic: GPS Navigation, Offline Maps & POI, Traffic & Speed Cameras, which acts as your very own satellite navigation device thanks to a collection of high-quality TomTom maps. This app utilizes the iOS text-to-speech functionality to provide you with specific instructions and spoken street names that will help you at every turn. This really is one the best navigational apps for car journeys, and it receives a shining recommendation from us.

  • Beautiful HUD
  • Works offline
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Daily updates
  • Presents all maps in 3D
  • High quality TomTom maps

Waze offers a very intelligent spin on the genre of GPS navigation apps by combining navigational tools with live routing based on community driven, real-time traffic updates and road information so that you will always be able to find the best route to your destination. The online community provide updates with alerts for things like accidents, police traps, closed roads, and loads more so that you can receive turn-by-turn guided navigation for a smooth journey every time. What's more, you can even send your ETA to the people you are planning to meet, further developing on the community-driven aspect of this app.

  • In-app community
  • Lists real-time traffic alerts
  • Voice-guided navigation
  • Share your ETA with the people you are meeting
  • Intuitive interface

Google Maps is one of the most widely used navigational and route planning tools in the world, and now you can make extensive use of its awesome functionality from the convenience of your iPhone. Within this app, you will find accurate maps for 220 different countries around the world, with incredibly detailed maps for more than 15,000 different cities and towns and detailed information on over 100 million specific locations, including restaurants, shops, museums, tourist attractions, and much more.

  • One of the most popular navigational tools in the world
  • Includes coverage for 220 countries and territories
  • Includes maps for more than 15,000 cities and towns
  • Provides live traffic updates and automatic rerouting
  • View indoor imagery for establishments around the world

If you like the idea of combining navigation with social interaction then you will definitely want to check out Scout GPS Navigation because it enables you to chat and make plans from within the app while receiving turn-by-turn directions all the while. This app serves wonderfully as an all-in-one event planning tool, enabling you to set up reminders for your meet ups while chatting to your friends and even finding great establishments in your local area where you and your loved ones can meet for dinner.

  • Combines navigation with social interaction
  • Receive directions throughout your journeys
  • Chat with your friends from within the app
  • Set up reminders for your meet ups
  • Find great venues in your local area

GPS TRACKER (Follow family/friends with your phone) is a very well designed utility that enables you to locate another iPhone user and view their movements over the last 12 hours, making full use of the GPS functionality in each the rise. This app is ideal for finding your friends if they are lost, locating your iPhone if it gets stolen, or simply knowing where a loved one is throughout the day. Using this app frequently will reduce your iPhone battery life but it is well worth it if you need that peace of mind.

  • Track the movements of an iPhone over the last 12 hours
  • Provides detailed mapping via GPS functionality
  • Ideal for locating friends and family
  • Also useful for finding your phone if it is stolen
  • Register within a matter of seconds

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Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.