GPS systems

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Can an app replace a dedicated system?

Are the days of the dedicated in-car GPS numbered? We put 3 devices up against 8 smartphone navigation apps to find out.

From our test

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Some apps in this test required a mobile data connection to search for destinations and create routes – they don’t store maps on your phone. For many apps that work offline, searching for destinations was greatly improved with a data connection. This is an important consideration if you are likely to travel outside of mobile coverage. Your navigation app might not work as well, or even at all. It is also important if you travel overseas and don’t want to pay data roaming charges.

Our two recommended apps download maps on to your smartphone or tablet and don’t need a data connection – although their destination searches are improved by a data connection.

Social navigation

Waze thinks navigation should be a social experience. It uses a network of users (‘Wazers’) to provide live traffic and speed camera information. Wazers also enhance the base map – either by editing the map directly, or recording their journeys with the app.

It’s a unique approach, but does it actually get you from A to B?

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