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Waze, Google Maps, or Apple Maps – Which is the Best Navigation App?

waze, google maps, or apple maps - which is the best navigation app?

The Best Navigation Apps

Need to discover the best navigation apps?

Depending on your age, you probably recall a time when you used directions that were printed out, patiently watching your odometer to count down the miles until the next turn off, and a backup road atlas to help guide you. These days, computerized NAV is available on almost every brand-new car and cell phone. While all NAV apps provide the same kind of info, how and what information they present can vary greatly. With so many unique choices, how can anyone know which one is the best navigation software for your car? We’ve concluded that our top 3 picks are Google Maps vs. Waze vs. Apple Maps. CarPlay® is installed in so many brand-new vehicles that it may appear to be the leader, but Google Maps and Waze have their own unique benefits.



Google Maps is the most powerful map app in this review as all of the info is provided by Google itself.

Google Maps Benefits

  • More than only cars – Google Maps can help you on your next walk, bike ride, or train ride.

  • Real-time traffic updates – See how much time that traffic jam is going to add to your trip.

  • Street View, a Google Exclusive – View actual pictures of your desired location on the map.

  • Offline availability – No cellphone service, no problem. Download your map.



Apple Maps could be the most used NAV app, thanks to CarPlay® integration with many new vehicles. ​Apple Maps has one disadvantage, drivers must have an iOS device to use it.

Advantages of Apple Maps

  • Pit Stops – Find nearby gasoline stations and other attractions.
  • Several unique options for NAV – Get maps for walking and public transportation, along with standard driving routes.
  • Look Around – See both a map view of your location and images. This feature can be useful if you get lost.



Waze was the first to have some form of user-generated traffic data, though other navigation apps now use the info as well.

Waze Advantages

  • Facebook integration – Share your road trip with friends and family by posting your location.
  • Get more than directions – Receive real-time data about construction, accidents, and even speed traps.
  • Updates on traffic as they happen – User update information as they are driving, which is then used to update the route to give the quickest route based on road conditions.

Our Results Are In, The Winner is:

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the best Navigation App depends on how you use it. If you get lost a lot, the Look Around feature on Apple Maps will be helpful. If you use Navigation to plan your next cycling trip, Google Maps is for you. However, if you just need to get from Point A to Point B in the fastest time, Waze is your only choice. Waze, Google Maps, and Apple Maps all have their own features and you can’t go wrong, no matter which one you select.

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