Scout GPS, Maps, Voice Navigation & Traffic – by Telenav, Inc
Cost: Free unless you upgrade to Plus on a monthly or yearly basis
Platform: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation) and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
I downloaded this app a few months ago when I was also searching for the best GPS system for my car.
My recent trip to Panama City Beach, FL put it to the test.
The app has a homepage or as they call it, a dashboard page.
On this dashboard, there is a button that says “home” or “work” that you can preset those addresses to. With a push of either of those, you will be routed to the location.
The dashboard also has buttons to select close restaurants, gas stations, coffee, lodging, movies, airports, grocery, atm’s and much more. If you select one of these, it will bring up a list of nearby establishments based on the button you pushed and will route you to that location should you select it,
The dashboard also has a button for a list of your most recent routes. Also there is a favorites button (designated with a heart) that you can save addresses to.
The dashboard is very convenient and large enough to read when you can’t take your eyes off the road too long.
You of course, can enter a destination and select the “drive” button. If you have your location services on, it will find you and provide directions to the location. If available, it will give you different route options with times and miles to choose from. So if you want the back roads and not the interstate, it will do that for you. If you want to avoid the toll roads, it will route that for you too.
The screen has the map in which you can zoom in or out. It also has in the upper left hand corner, the directions that are coming up. So, it may have an arrow pointing to the right and beside it have how many miles until that right turn. It also provides an estimated time of arrival based on traffic and the total mileage to destination.
You can have the gps provide voice navigation should you choose. “She” speaks up in enough time so that you don’t miss your turn and if you do, she will reroute you quickly.
You can select the microphone button to have voice control, so you don’t have to manually select any button.
I love that if your vehicle is capable, you can Bluetooth the navigation through your radio. The app will lower your music while directions are being given so you aren’t having to try and decipher through the music. Your music will return to normal once she finishes.
You can share destinations, get more info on destinations, and so much more with this cool little app. It also has updates, so you don’t have to worry about out of date information and it’s free too!
After using it, I will not be getting a regular gps system for the car. Why would I spend hundreds of dollars for something I got for free. It works well, it works fast, and has lots of handy extras.
What do you have to lose in trying it out??
Here is a link to the ITunes preview complete with screenshots: