Navigation apps help us get around town whether we’re trying to find new restaurants or plot a hike around a national park. The Android Store is filled with apps that can help you get around — so many apps, in fact, that picking the ones that best suit your needs can be confusing. Here, we’ve outlined our top navigation apps that you should take a look at next time you’re in need of getting from one place to another.
GasBuddy — Find Cheap Gas (Free)
Gas has gotten more expensive over the last couple of years — to the point where a single gallon of gas costs more than a bottle of soda. As we get closer to empty in our gas tank, we start looking for the cheapest gas prices around us. These days, every cent counts. Definitely my favorite application for finding the cheapest gas prices around me is GasBuddy; it uses your location data and shows you the current prices gas stations in your area are charging.
Google Maps (Free)
Hands down, when you need to find something on a map, Google Maps is simply the best. The Google Maps app not only lets you browse maps, but it gives you directions and lets you view your route via street view. From the application, you can get navigation with voice directions. The app also gives you current traffic information on your route and alerts you if congestion ahead might cause delays . If you get hungry or need to find places along the way, the app also gives you information on what’s along your route.
Google Earth (Free)
Everyone loves playing with Google Earth; we love to find our houses on it and see what they look like from an alien’s eye view. There’s nothing like peering down at a virtual Earth and playing around with it. The whole planet is in your hands and you can explore anywhere in the world with a swipe of your finger. You have the ability to view 3D buildings and landmarks with the full version possibilities of the desktop in your hands.
We live to eat — literally. We eat to live, but we also love eating good food. It can be hard these days to find a restaurant that makes food that lives up to our demanding standards. For the longest time, we relied on the recommendations of friends for places that served up good food. Now there’s an app to get recommendations not only for places to eat but for what to eat at these places. This app is centered around dishes at places to eat — not just the places.
KAYAK Flight Hotel Car Search (Free)
Going on vacation and need to research places to stay? KAYAK can compare flights, hotels, and car prices from multiple places to get the best deals. Not only can you look up flights and deals with this app, but track flights and even look up prices for baggage and extra fees before you leave for the airport. This is a great, full-featured application that has a nice layout and gives some of the best deals that I could find anywhere — even over going to each individual website that’s featured.
All right, you found the best hotel deals and you’re at your destination. What do you do now? The worst part about going somewhere is not knowing what to do there. That’s where TripAdvisor comes in. With this app, you can find everything from places to eat to attractions anywhere you go. You can see what’s near you and even get users’ pictures to see what these places are like. What I love about this app is that it’s simple to use and easily navigable to search for anything and everything with customized results by category.
If you need dedicated voice direction to anywhere you want to go with minimal hassle, check out MapQuest. It’s still, in my opinion, the best navigation app out there to find where you need to go. The layout is large and has big lettering for easy viewing when in the car and driving to see what’s coming up next without too much strain on the eyes. The MapQuest app has all the amenities you’d expect from a top-of-the-line navigation aid: voice-navigation, rerouting, places of interest, different map types, and more. The best feature of all is that it’s free; everything that you’d find in a premium paid app is all jam-packed into this free app with no limitations.
If you’re a frequent traveler and need to look up information about your flight, such as weather at the destination and where the plane is in its route, FlightTrack is here for you. This is the only app to give you detailed information about your flight and everything revolving around it. You can view live tracking maps, detailed information about the weather, and airport conditions along the way. It’s great for the frequent traveler who needs to look up information about their destination at a moment’s notice.
Backpacker GPS Trails Pro ($4.99)
Now if you’re someone who travels by hiking everywhere, there’s an app for that, too. If you’re a frequent hiker and you want to plan out your route ahead, Backpacker is a great app for keeping you informed on the trail. With topographical maps, compass, GPS information, and features to backtrack to the trail head, this app has it all. It works everywhere even in the major national parks because it uses GPS. This app is full-featured with stats and maps to keep you up to date even in the deepest woods.
CoPilot Live Standard USA ($3.99)
If you simply need the best out there for navigating and a free up is not enough, CoPilot is the best solution. This app provides turn-by-turn directions throughout the entire USA and features voice guidance. The display is non-distracting and has a large font to give the driver useful information along the route. The app is also loaded with millions of points of interest and an offline walking mode when you’re in the city and need to navigate around. If you need a paid option, this is your solution and there’s nothing better. It even has add-on packs for different regions around the world.
If you have a favorite application, let us know in the comments below!